Thursday, October 18, 2012

About Breast Cancer: Something Easy You Can Do: Wear PInk on Monday, October 22.

If they can go pink so can you!

On Monday, October 22, wear PINK, give curious folks the facts, encourage them to learn how to self-check and to ask their doctor when they should get annual medical checks.


Here are the facts:


It's October, folks.  Half-way through it and I just learn it's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).  Good grief.  Better late than never, I suppose. 

One of my fondest memories of our time in Skopje, Macedonia was being a part of their first-ever Go Pink March.  In April of 2006, Skopje, Macedonia's old stone bridge streamed with hundreds of pink-clad people for the first time since its foundation was built in Roman times.  The "Kamen Most" which links the city center with the Old Bazaar has witnessed throughout the centuries, earthquakes, wars, and executions.  Now, maybe, that bridge will link to hope.

comparativist1 CC BY-SA 3.0
Wouldn't this look awesome pink?
My husband's dream, as the U.S. Public Affairs Officer in Belgrade, is to bring the annual walk he helped establish in Skopje to Belgrade next year.  The cherry on top of this dream is to have the Belgrade's new epic Ada Bridge join the world's famous monuments' Global Illumination by making it glow pink for the month of October.  Now THAT would be so cool!

This year on Monday, October 22, the US Embassy in Belgrade will encourage folks to wear pink and will sell pink buttons to people who don't own pink or who just want to contribute to the cause.  Proceeds from the sale of the buttons will go to support breast cancer prevention or treatment organizations.  

Dietmar Bartz CC BY-SA 3.0
Breast cancer knows no boundaries
One of the most interesting events I discovered in researching NBCAM, was the Global Pink Jihab Day, October 24, 2012, where men wear pink skull caps and women wear pink jihabs  to promote breast cancer  among Muslims.

So, if you are in a city in the world where there is no march, rally, or activity, do your own thing.  Help save a life.  WEAR PINK!

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