5 Ways You Can Help Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer through Swimming
October is breast cancer awareness month. Besides skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, claiming an estimated 41,760 lives in 2019. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer among women worldwide.
What are we doing about it? For starters, sporting a pink ribbon is one way to show respect for those who are suffering or have suffered from breast cancer. Additionally, on a national and local scale, communities sponsor events that help to bring awareness of breast cancer and to fund research. Swim teams, colleges and other swim organizations are not sitting on the sidelines.
In this issue of SwimMirror’s blog, let’s check out some events and groups looking to drown out breast cancer:
- SwimOutlet.com donates to the cause
- Swim Across America
- Share Your #HopeJourney
- Stride Toward a Cure
- Sport Pink While You Cheer On Your Team
SwimOutlet.com donates to the cause
SwimOutlet.com will donate a portion of each sale in its “pink” category for the month of October to Swim Across America. Head on over to Swim Outlet’s website and equip yourself with some pink swim gear for the season. “Swim on. Fight on.”
Swim Across America
For the last 30 years, Swim Across America has been “making waves to fight cancer”. Their goal is to raise funds for clinical trials and medical research through charity swim events across the country. What’s the impact? SAA has raised over $80 million in grants to beneficiaries, which has turned into an estimated $200 million in new funding. Additionally, numerous Olympians have sponsored and dedicated their time to SAA events such as: Rowdy Gaines, Amanda Beard and Kristy Kowal! Way to make waves fighting cancer!
Learn more about SAA events going on in your state and locally here.
Share Your #HopeJourney
Are you or has somebody you know been affected by breast cancer? Share your story on social media outlets with the hashtag #HopeJourney. The National Breast Cancer Foundation wants to hear your story of hope and inspiration. Support the cause by letting others struggling with breast cancer know that they are not alone. Find more information about the #HopeJourney here.
Stride Toward a Cure
Did you get to read our latest article on dryland training? Training on land is just as important as training in the water. The same goes for finding the cure for cancer! All over the country, there are walking, jogging and running events to get people making strides towards stomping out breast cancer. Get your running shoes on and look for an event in your state or city “making strides against breast cancer”.
Psst…for all the Orlando swimmers, here’s a MSABC walk going on in Lake Eola October 26th. Find more information here.
Sport Pink While You Cheer on Your Team
National and college league sports teams will be sponsoring events during the month of October to fundraise for breast cancer. Check out your favorite team’s season schedule and look for the specified dates for breast cancer awareness. Cheer on your team and sport some pink in support of the cause!
For all of the FSU fans out there, Oct 20th is the “Paint it Pink” Swim meet versus Minnesota!
Early Detection Saves Lives
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States. Early detection is key in the treatment of breast cancer. There are steps you can take to detect breast cancer early when it is most treatable. A mammogram, an x-ray of the breast, can detect symptoms of cancer two years before the tumor can be felt by a patient or a doctor. If you or someone you know is looking to get screened or tested for breast cancer, get in touch with your health practitioner to schedule a mammography. For more information, click below to find a guide on getting a free screening near you.