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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 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.

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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  • angwith4 By angwith4
    10.07.19  

    I think breast cancer awareness is important. Even if the only thing it does is remind someone to schedule a mammogram then it's helped. My mother passed away from breast cancer roughly 10 years ago

  • jobanker1 By jobanker1
    10.06.19  

    This one is easy. Not only do you get the chance to win a Visa gift card, you also get to have a $50 donation to one of the charities!

  • amos312 By amos312
    10.06.19  

    My Local cancer association. Mecklenburg County Cancer Society. All money raised goes to local people in my community who have cancer.

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    10.06.19  

    Breast Cancer Awareness. I lost a loved one because the red bullet that medical staff should have easily recognized and 2nd was not able to stand long enough for a mammogram. They do have machines that accommodate people in wheelchairs.

  • Momwhodoestoomuch By Momwhodoestoomuch
    10.06.19  

    National domestic violence awareness month. The fact that celebrities are still abusing their partner would make it seem acceptable. More women and even men need to know they do not need to be treated this way. And there are ways to leave the situation.

  • RissaKCMO By RissaKCMO
    10.06.19  

    Too many people live with domestic violence and abuse.

  • loflazoz By loflazoz
    10.06.19  

    Breast Cancer Awareness

  • razzy927 By razzy927
    10.06.19  

    What's near and dear to me and close to my heart is domestic violence awareness.

  • Indyanna63 By Indyanna63
    10.06.19  

    These are all issues worthy of attention, research, and support. It's hard to choose one. My mom had breast cancer, my son had ADHD, I had a miscarriage, I know someone with Down Syndrome, and I have a friend who suffered from domestic abuse. I think that learning and attention disorders don't receive much attention though, so I would like my $50 donation to go to this organization.

  • coffeequeen By coffeequeen
    10.06.19  

    Breast Cancer Awareness. I've lost three aunts to this disease. Can't wait for a cure!

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