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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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  • melissacnc By melissacnc

    National Domestic Violence. I watched my mother in a domestic violence relationship most of my life. People would have not wtinessed it will never understand why the woman doesn't "just leave"

  • Britney4 By Britney4

    If I were to win, I would donate to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

  • cjbay42 By cjbay42

    I would want the donation to go to national domestic violence.

  • RobynThompson By RobynThompson

    ADHD is my cause.

  • stef42678 By stef42678

    Breast Cancer Awareness

  • bell5love By bell5love

    My choice this month for this particular year would be to the Star Legacy Foundation. I don?t think people understand how to cope when something unforeseen such as this happens nor do the ones in their close circulation know how to offer proper consolation. I just spoke with a new acquaintance who told me of his 3 month old who passed not too long ago and I felt we as a community can do better to comfort as I know all too well the receiving end of an uncomfortable and unnecessarily awkward response. Godspeed little ones....

  • sammie01 By sammie01

    If I were to win I would like my donation to go to breast cancer, my grandma had beat breast cancer and so had my great grandpa!

  • sneddy29 By sneddy29

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • ThrillRacerESQ By ThrillRacerESQ

    Animal Holocaust

  • niferr By niferr

    Having had a pregnancy loss and then my rainbow babies being born premature this month being about infant and pregnancy loss awareness is so important to my heart and life.

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