By Precious White
Happy Pinktober! As the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month nears, many of us can count on two hands the ways we have shown our support. But while attending events, wearing pink, racing for a cure and donating to Breast Cancer Foundations have become the norm for the month of October, there is a whole segment of prevention education as well as survivors who choose alternative treatments that goes virtually unsupported. No worries. The following list offers other ways to show support and could also make you Rethink Pink.
Send Me On Vacation is a 501(c)(3) program that provides a complimentary weeklong vacation for women with breast cancer who have completed their treatments and need a place to rejuvenate and heal. Since the charity was first launched in 2010, over 18 cancer survivors have enjoyed vacations at timeshare resorts around the world.
Casting for Recovery was founded on the principles that the natural world is a healing force and that cancer survivors deserve one weekend — free of charge and free of the stresses from medical treatment, home, or workplace — to experience something new and challenging while enjoying beautiful surroundings within an intimate, safe, and nurturing structure.
For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation is a non-profit organization that assists adult cancer patients, their caregivers and loved ones by giving them a break from cancer in a secure and comfortable environment. Eligible patients, along with their caregivers, receive a one-week expense-paid excursion to select vacation locations along the East Coast and in the Caribbean. For Pete’s Sake owns two respite homes near Orlando, Florida and relies on donated vacation homes to supplement additional stays.Heaven's Door Foundation is a wellness spa treatment and advocacy program for women with cancer and advanced life threatening illnesses. Heaven’s Door purpose is Diva Aftercare™: providing free spa visits for women going through cancer all around the U.S. to maintain their inner fortitude and self-esteem.
Editor's note: Precious White is a local Paulding resident and former educator in the Paulding County School System. She recently opened a travel agency and will be sharing tips and ideas with Patch on a weekly basis.