October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Gallatin Valley Mall
October 06, 2014
Posted By: Shaunescy
WRITTEN BY ELEONORE SNOW
Some of you may know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. What does this mean? For some, it means you buy a pink lipstick; for others, it means making a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation; and, for others, it means mourning the loss of a loved one to breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. In 2014, an estimated 232,030 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone.
For my 40th birthday five years ago, I walked in the New York City Avon Walk for Breast Cancer with my closest friends. It was a two-day journey that I will never forget, from Harlem down to Battery Park; 36 miles of pink shirts, tears, blisters, memories and lots of bonding. I walked for my mother-in-law, who somehow managed to beat both breast and lung cancer in the same year. Others were not so lucky – they were walking in honor of someone who had already died of this terrible disease.
This year, I’ll be celebrating her recovery at the Gallatin Valley Mall’s (GVM) huge celebration to raise awareness and commemorate the strength and courage of all of those stricken with breast cancer. The festivities kick off on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. with a fashion show featuring breast cancer survivor models and the latest fashion trends from GVM merchants. Don’t forget to check out the silent auction to win fabulous prizes from GVM merchants (all proceeds will be donated to Cancer Support Community in Bozeman).
In addition to the fashion show, GVM is bringing all of your favorite party products like Mary Kay, Tupperware, Thirty One, Jamberry, and more to one convenient location during the event. Check out these fabulous vendors throughout the mall on both Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12. A portion of all booth rental fees will also be donated to Cancer Support Community to further support a great cause.
In the meantime, do your part to fight breast cancer by doing the following:
1. Know your risk
» Talk to both sides of your family to learn about your family health history.
» Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer.
2. Get screened
» Talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk.
» Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
» Have a clinical breast exam at least every three years starting at age 20, and every year
starting at age 40.
Like most working single moms, Eleonore Snow runs full speed at all times and sometimes goes to the store to buy milk for her kids and comes home with only wine for herself. You can judge her, it’s OK.