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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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  • psychscorp By psychscorp
    10.02.19  

    I want people to be aware of the stress of everyday life and to take time to relax and recharge before the busy holiday season adds extra stress.

  • plong22 By plong22
    10.02.19  

    Breast Cancer Awareness

  • Jenny391 By Jenny391
    10.02.19  

    Breast cancer awareness, we lost my great-grandmother to this disease.

  • vspeaks By vspeaks
    10.02.19  

    Breast Cancer awareness since my mom is a two-time survivor.

  • jlanders By jlanders
    10.02.19  

    My son has ADHD and we have struggled for years to manage his behaviors at home and at school ? I love him dearly and would love to bring more awareness to this disorder and how we can help our kids be successful and loved and how they are uniquely created to be the person that they are !

  • Christy419 By Christy419
    10.02.19  

    I want people to be aware of poverty in the United States.

  • aspyps By aspyps
    10.02.19  

    I want awareness for breast cancer. My mother is a survivor and it definitely wasn't easy at the time.

  • HDbyTee By HDbyTee
    10.02.19  

    I would like if I won a donation to ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month, there are so may kids and adults that have a learning disability that this could help!! Finger Crossed :D

  • LABeachGal By LABeachGal
    10.02.19  

    Breast cancer is such a great cause

  • nagroskopf By nagroskopf
    10.02.19  

    Anything animal related.

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