October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women are at risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Since 1985, October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month and with this important month coming right around the corner, we wanted to share with you a few resources that can educate, some stories that can enlighten, and a handful of fantastic foundations that can inspire not only those who have been affected by Breast Cancer, but those as well who want to help win in the fight against it.
If you are looking to put your money to work, we have done some research and gathered some of the most reputable places to put your donation:
- Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund
- Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
- American Cancer Society
As Cowe Communications is a small, woman-owned business, we do have an affinity for lifting up other small, women-owned businesses, especially those with extraordinary backgrounds. The following spectacular companies have all been founded by breast cancer survivors, and we wanted to share their truly touching stories.
It’s My Secret
Meet Carol Hunter, the founder of It’s My Secret. Not only is she a breast cancer survivor – her mother is as well and both of these strong women have received life-saving double mastectomies. Carol wanted to make post operative clothing for women and men who endure the same surgeries, in an effort to help their daily routines feel more comfortable. Carol found “that the quicker you can begin to incorporate your daily habits and routines back into your life and enjoy the outdoors again, the quicker your body and mind will recover.” And with that, It’s My Secret was created. Carol’s company is as vital to survivors as it is unique, and we are touched by its beautiful backstory.
Loren, the founder of Sweet Lorens, created the company after winning her battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In an effort to live her life without regrets, she realized being able to treat yourself is a big factor. In her own words, “living a full life also meant taking control over my health, happiness and wellbeing: beginning with the food I eat every day.” The main goal became eating clean, so she cut out hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and more. The result? A fabulous, clean, delicious line of sweet treats. The vegan, gluten free, non-gmo brand brings joy through their flavors- without the guilt.
Dana Donofree was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27. After receiving a double mastectomy, Dana wanted access to beautiful lingerie that would fit her new body but was unable to find anything that would work. With that, AnaOno Intimated was founded. AnaOno improves the lives of women who have had surgeries like breast reconstruction or mastectomies, featuring wire-free options and four way stretch fabric for ultimate comfortability. AnaOno also has its own “community of support for individuals affected by breast and reproductive cancers.” Dana’s company does so much good, and you can learn more by visiting their website.