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Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Happy October! That’s right: fall is officially here, and the month of October brings with it all of our favorite fall activities. From football games, to hayrack rides, to picking out the best-looking pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, October is a month full of fun and festivities. 

However, for some people, October can mean so much more than pumpkin spice and knit scarves. In fact, since 1985, the month of October has been known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this month serves as “... an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.” Breast cancer charities across the United States campaign to increase awareness for breast cancer and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, treatment and cure. 

Needless to say, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an extremely important time for many people in October. How can you get involved? If you want to join the fight against breast cancer, we came up with some ideas for how you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Learn about breast health.
It might seem simple, but one of the best ways you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month is by learning more about breast health. Recent studies show approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Unfortunately, few women actually know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Regular breast self-exams can help catch cancer symptoms early-on, and improve the chances of recovery later. Learn about breast health for yourself and share with women in your life to support breast cancer awareness.

Share your story.
If you or a loved one has been affected by breast cancer, consider sharing your story to show your support this month. Stories are powerful, and can help make a genuine difference when campaigning. When you share your story of how breast cancer has affected you, you give others a personal connection to the disease, and provide a stronger incentive for them to get involved. Share your story with a friend, post a video online or consider writing a letter into the newspaper so others can learn more about how to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Wear pink.
What’s one of the trademark colors for Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Wearing pink, of course! Over the years, the color pink has become virtually synonymous with breast cancer awareness, thanks to a few different nonprofit organizations who popularized the brand. If you want to show your support and start the conversation this month, be sure to wear pink when you go out and about during October. However, wearing pink is virtually useless unless you do something with it, so be intentional about starting conversations with other people and using the pink to raise more support.

Participate in a walk.
Many charities will host fundraiser walks throughout October to raise money for breast cancer research and support. Get involved by signing up to participate in a walk in your community. Not only can you show your support by walking, but you can also get friends and family members involved by inviting them to donate to your team and support your efforts.

Donate to an organization.
Finally, the easiest way you can show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is by donating to a breast cancer organization you care about. There are lots of breast cancer charities across the United States—both local and national. Do your research to find an organization you enjoy and can support through donating your financial gifts. Depending on who you support, your contribution can help provide a mammogram for a woman in need, access to the necessary prescription drugs or more research for future victims of breast cancer.

October is more than just a month full of colorful leaves and apple cider; it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Use these tips to show your support this month and help put an end to breast cancer.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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