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

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 10.02.19
October: What you need to know. Enter #SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway!
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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 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.

Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member jerylt. A donation will be made to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation.

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  • Zoiebabee By Zoiebabee

    My choice would be NDSS. Better education for the parents. Also, insurance that covers a professionally trained caretakers so parents can know the child is safe when they are apart.

  • susitravl By susitravl

    Liver Awareness Month is October. My husband passed away at 33 years old, waiting for a liver transplant. 30,000 people die every year from Liver Cancer and more from other liver related diseases.

  • rkosully By rkosully

    I think it's vital for people to be aware of domestic violence.

  • happishopr By happishopr

    I would like to highlight the importance of caregivers taking time for themselves. Burnout is a very common issue that no one seems to talk about much.

  • sharonr By sharonr

    Please donate to NCADV. The numbers who suffer abuse yearly are staggering. It is equally disturbing how many people suffer in silence. Providing a way out of these situations in needful in all societies.

  • Sarmom23 By Sarmom23

    I wish I could split it between breast cancer and domestic abuse

  • mumlady By mumlady

    Domestic violence because it is so hard to get out of a bad situation.

  • AprilKat By AprilKat

    Everyone relates October to Breast Cancer Awareness month but it is also SIDS awareness month nationwide. According to the CDC, there were about 3,700 infants died of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) or other sleep-related deaths in the US in 2015 alone. Please remember to place your baby on their back while they sleep and to never place any objects in the crib with them. If they need a blanket use a wearable one. Every little step you do could help keep baby safe! Join me in the #SafetoSleepSnap campaign this year!

  • aneube By aneube

    This October I'm thinking of folks who are housing and food insecure.

  • dedascakes By dedascakes

    I would like people to be aware of male breast cancer. I have a friend that was diagnosed with male breast cancer. Most men don't think they can get it and they don't pay attention to lumps in their chest. Mathew Knowles recently revealed he was diagnosed this year. I think this will bring more awareness. We have to educate our men so they know it is possible.

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