Raising money for a Breast Cancer charity can be a great way to support a friend who has recently been diagnosed.
Breast cancer can be a heavy burden to carry for a lot of people, with many people feeling isolated or depressed after they’ve been diagnosed with the condition.
During these tough times, a single act of kindness or support can often prove to be the turning point in someone’s recovery. You should never underestimate the impact that your support can have on your friend or colleague’s recovery. There are all sorts of actions that you can take to let them know that they have your support. It could be as simple as giving them a hug, taking them out for a coffee or just taking time to ask them how they are – sometimes the most routine of gestures can make all the difference.
Should you wish to take your support one step further then you could consider organising a fundraising activity or event that will raise money for a relevant charity. If you choose to do this, it’s best to be as open about it as possible. Although it might be tempting to keep your efforts as a surprise for your friend, you might want to avoid making them feel like you’re taking pity on them. Instead, talk to them about organising or doing something together, so that they can feel involved and engaged.
Here are a few ideas of fundraising activities that you can do with a friend who is receiving cancer treatment:
Organise a bake sale
Although your friend might be feeling as burnt out as a broken Belling oven element, that shouldn’t stop you from taking the lead in organising a bake sale.
You can either look to see if there’s a coffee morning happening locally that you can sell cakes at, or organise one of your own either at work or your local community centre. Get talking to your colleagues and make sure there’s enough cake to go round – you can then donate all the proceeds towards a charity of your choice.
Run a sponsored race
Despite cancer treatment often having a serious impact on an individual’s physical fitness, it’s still a good idea for patients to get out and about. Find a short-distance race (5 kilometres is a good distance to start with) and see if your friend is interested in running it with you.
If the challenge is a bit too much for them you can still use it as an excuse to go out for a walk with them. Start a Just Giving page to raise some money for a cause and share it on social media to reach as many people as possible.
Organise a big event
If you’ve got the time to spare, organising a ticketed charity event can be a great way of both raising awareness and having a good time. Set a date, find a venue, hire acts or performers for your special night and organise catering so that no one goes hungry – then it’s down to you to sell the tickets!
You can keep costs down by seeing if you can get discount rates because of the charitable purpose behind your event – and don’t be shy about telling the local press about it, they could help publicise it for you.
The Fight Against Breast Cancer Continues…
It’s important to remember that the mortality rates of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the UK, have improved significantly in the last 100 years.
Just take a look back at the figures from 1944. The Second World War was just about reaching the end, but the country was still struggling with how to diagnose and treat Breast Cancer. At that time just over 25% of all women diagnosed with the disease would survive 10 years after their diagnosis. It was essentially a death sentence, if you were lucky enough to get the diagnosis in the first place.
Flash forward to the 21st Century and significant scientific advances have been made, to the extent that just over 76% of women diagnosed survive longer than 10 years. This means that the survival rate has essentially tripled in the space of sixty years. This complete reversal in the fortunes of those who are unlucky enough to receive a diagnosis can be attributed to a few things:
Increase in awareness of the disease
Breast Cancer has not always been the much talked about disease that it is today. Indeed, only in the last 50 years has there been any real progress in terms of the awareness that it now enjoys. Those benefiting from any kind of counselling or treatment that has been supported by a Breast Cancer charity, more than likely have Betty Westgate to thank. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1968, she was a science teacher who went on to live an incredible 30 years after her initial diagnosis. The Mastectomy Association (as it was originally called), went on to become Breast Cancer Care which pioneered the education of people dealing with Breast Cancer diagnoses, as well as the doctors treating it.
The positive impact of everyday people
Thanks to this huge increase in awareness, the amount of people that take part in fund raising has risen exponentially – year on year. The increase in participation from ordinary people in the realms of fundraising is part in thanks to the good work that people like Betty Westgate have done in their lives and is partly due to the sad fact that thousands of people are effected by Breast Cancer diagnoses every year. Thankfully, there are now more ways than ever to raise money for charities like the Macmillan Cancer Trust and Breast Cancer Care – take a look around this site for some inspiration.
Better coordination of breast cancer care treatments
Lastly, the significant improvement in technology in the past century can’t be ignored. Thanks to the work accomplished by hard-working scientists, we’ve been able to develop advanced care techniques that work in tandem with each other, giving those who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer a much better chance to beat their disease. Surgery techniques have been improving vastly over the last 50 years, alongside an improved stance on counselling and more formal education, which has led to Breast Cancer patients having a much more optimistic outlook than in the last few decades.
We’ve certainly come a long way since the early days of Breast Cancer Treatment, but we’ve still got further to go if we’re hoping to target it for good.