October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What do the White House and the National Football League have in common? They are both looking pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The White House Goes Pink

I subscribe to the White House Daily Snapshot a daily email that provides a summary of the day’s happenings at the White House. Links enable readers to click on topics of interest to learn more.

The White House Illuminated Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The White House Illuminated Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

On Monday, the photo of the day was the White House illuminated in a pink glow to mark the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

From the e-mail, I clicked on the Presidential Proclamation link. This, in turn, provided a link to the National Cancer Institute site, part of the National Institutes of Health, which is one of the agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Football League – A Crucial Catch

How I got the football fan gene is a mystery as I am the only member of my family who is a football fan. This week, when I turned on Monday Night Football on ESPN, I immediately noticed the pink gear being worn by the players, coaches, officials, and fans.

This year the National Football League’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month fundraising campaign is “A Crucial Catch – Annual Screening Saves Lives”. The “catch” tie into football is clever and the message about the importance of annual mammograms is critical.

I admit that I judged the players on how much pink they were wearing. Everyone at least had a pink ribbon on their helmets. The ESPN game announcers were disappointing as neither one of them even had a pink ribbon pinned on their sports jacket.

NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraising CampaignOne of the fundraisers is an auction where fans can bid on pink items worn the players. What would I do with a pair of size 13 pink football shoes? The auction didn’t appeal to me. A pink Raiders baseball cap did so I purchased it along with a Texans travel mug with a pink ribbon for my spouse.

Think Pink, Live Green – BreastCancer.org

Recently a friend forwarded me a link to the “Think Pink, Live Green” blog at BreastCancer.org. It is written by Dr. Marisa Weiss and aims to help women reduce their risk of breast cancer or the disease coming back in survivors.

Think Pink, Live Green BlogThe blog covers a wide variety of topics including healthy eating, exercise, sleep, personal care, and complementary medicine. While some posts are specifically related to breast cancer, many contain information that anyone trying to live a more healthy and green life can benefit from.

Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by learning, sharing, giving, and living green.

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Author: Linda Poppenheimer

Linda researches and writes about environmental topics to share information, spark conversation, and convince people to take action to keep earth habitable for all. She believes our individual actions do matter—it all adds up.

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  1. Quite a lovely sight to see the White House illuminated in pink lights; extra bonus for tourists visiting Washington D.C. I am not a football fan so would have not known about the Monday night football event. Anxious to see the pink Raider’s hat. I continue to be amazed at the breadth of the World Wide Web with what seems like infinite connections.

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