October is finally here which means the fall season has officially arrived. When we enter this month we often think of the beautiful colors changing on the fall leaves and fabulous family photos being taken with that gorgeous background of reds, oranges and yellows. The air is crisp and it’s the time to snuggle in our blankets now that we can finally open the windows a bit and get some fresh air. Some of us even get excited for Halloween when we can dress up and pretend to be someone we’re not. I personally get excited for apple picking and going to pumpkin patches to pick out the best pumpkins for home decorating. And let’s not forget about the apple spice donuts and the pumpkin spice lattes; I can just taste them now. What we often forget is that October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Instead of sporting bright orange and other fall colors we should be sporting the beautiful color of pink. According to breastcancer.org, “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.” Men can also be diagnosed with this unfortunate disease. In 2011, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the US. My eyes well up when I think of this amazing statistic and how many people have beat this deadly disease. If you really think about it, you can help bring awareness by doing what you love: crochet!
If you were diagnosed with Breast Cancer or know someone who was and you love to crochet, now is the time to bring the two together and make a statement. AllFreeCrochet.com has some great patterns you can make for yourself or your loved ones who have this cancer or have beaten it. Get creative and show your support! Even if you don’t have the money to donate to a fund you can easily show your support by sporting an awesome crochet pattern.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Slouch Hat is a great design you can work up in no time. The pink ribbon is a well known symbol of Breast Cancer and will help people realize what you are supporting. The Faux Boob is one of my favorites. This is a crochet pattern that might get a laugh out of you and your friends. Give one to all the Breast Cancer survivors you know! You can also help out the Knitted Knockers charity with this pattern.
Other Breast Cancer Patterns You Might Enjoy:
There are a few things you can do to reduce your risk:
1. Control your weight
2. Get plenty of exercise
3. Maintain a healthy diet
4. Get annual checkups and mammograms
If you’re looking to help donate for Breast Cancer Awareness, there are also a few things you can do:
1. Y-ME Race
2. Susan G Komen for the Cure
3. Avon Walk
As mentioned before, even if you can’t help donate from a money standpoint, the least you can do is help bring awareness by calling attention to your new crochet patterns. Save the tatas!