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October: What you need to know. Enter #SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway!

October: What you need to know. Enter #SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway!

There are certain month-long events that get a lot of people talking. February is both National Heart Month and Black History Month. March is Women's History Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Turns out, Breast Cancer Awareness is not the only topic we should be mindful of in October. Take a minute to find out about other issues - and why they really matter. Then enter to win a $50 Visa gift card, plus a $50 donation in your name to your choice of the charities mentioned on this page!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life, according to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation. But 40% of those cases can be prevented by lifestyle measures such as maintaining a healthy weight, breastfeeding, eating well, exercising, and limiting alcohol consumption. Plus, early detection increases survival rates, so it's important to consult with your doctor about your family history, changes in your breasts and getting mammograms, as needed.

ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month

1 in 5 kids struggle with ADHD, learning disabilities and/or dyslexia, according to Understood.org. And because not everyone understands these challenges, they sometimes get ignored or are misinterpreted as a child misbehaving or being lazy. We highly recommend checking out the Through Your Child's Eyes simulation where you can learn firsthand what kids with these issues experience every day. It's also important to note that many adults also struggle with ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, and if they never got help, it's much more difficult to handle later in life.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10 million people per year (20 per second) are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). That equates to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men who have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Domestic violence affects individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. For more information on understanding this epidemic, as well as things you can do to help, visit the NCADV website.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Tens of thousands of families experience a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of an infant. According to the Star Legacy Foundation, "Promoting awareness of pregnancy and infant loss not only increases the likelihood that grieving families will receive understanding and support, but also results in improved education and prevention efforts which may ultimately reduce the incidence of these tragedies."

Down Syndrome Awareness Month:

Approximately 6,000 babies with Down Syndrome are born in the United States each year, according to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). Most people with Down Syndrome have a mild to moderate cognitive disability or intellectual disability but there are many misconceptions that should be corrected. Check out this page on the NDSS website to find out more. 

What matters to you this October? Tell us to win a $50 Visa gift card to keep, plus a $50 donation in your name to your choice of the charities mentioned on this page!

#SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway

*One lucky contestant will be chosen at random to receive a $50 Visa gift card. Plus, the winner can pick one of the charities on this page to which we will donate $50. Giveaway is open through 10/20/19 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

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  • lctheobald By lctheobald
    10.02.19  

    Children's hunger

  • SaabStory By SaabStory
    10.02.19  

    Animal Rescue is my #1 cause.

  • JennicaJanae By JennicaJanae
    10.02.19  

    I have first had experience with domestic violence. It's a serious problem so I would definitely give my donation to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).

  • Mellycons By Mellycons
    10.02.19  

    Be aware of those around you, and love each other and have compassion for others. That, in addition to breast cancer awareness.

  • kimcres By kimcres
    10.02.19  

    The pregnancy loss cause is personally important to me.

  • melanietheresa By melanietheresa
    10.02.19  

    Just did the Walk to End Alzheimer's for the 9th year in a row, so I'd have to say Alzheimer's!

  • yukicharley By yukicharley
    10.02.19  

    I am a big promoter of animal rescues and work closely with my local dachshund rescue group. I would definitely donate it to them.

  • dianeclaudia By dianeclaudia
    10.02.19  

    Breast cancer awareness - and not just in October, all year long

  • wizardewu By wizardewu
    10.02.19  

    Lack of clean drinking water in the world

  • Proudmama92 By Proudmama92
    10.02.19  

    I would have to donate to the National Domestic Violence Awareness Program since I am a surviving victim myself.

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