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October: What you need to know. Enter #SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway!

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 10.02.19
October: What you need to know. Enter #SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway!
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There are certain month-long events that get a lot of people talking. February is both National Heart Month and Black History Month. March is Women's History Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Turns out, Breast Cancer Awareness is not the only topic we should be mindful of in October. Take a minute to find out about other issues - and why they really matter. Then enter to win a $50 Visa gift card, plus a $50 donation in your name to your choice of the charities mentioned on this page!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life, according to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation. But 40% of those cases can be prevented by lifestyle measures such as maintaining a healthy weight, breastfeeding, eating well, exercising, and limiting alcohol consumption. Plus, early detection increases survival rates, so it's important to consult with your doctor about your family history, changes in your breasts and getting mammograms, as needed.

ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month

1 in 5 kids struggle with ADHD, learning disabilities and/or dyslexia, according to And because not everyone understands these challenges, they sometimes get ignored or are misinterpreted as a child misbehaving or being lazy. We highly recommend checking out the Through Your Child's Eyes simulation where you can learn firsthand what kids with these issues experience every day. It's also important to note that many adults also struggle with ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, and if they never got help, it's much more difficult to handle later in life.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10 million people per year (20 per second) are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). That equates to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men who have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Domestic violence affects individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. For more information on understanding this epidemic, as well as things you can do to help, visit the NCADV website.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Tens of thousands of families experience a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of an infant. According to the Star Legacy Foundation, "Promoting awareness of pregnancy and infant loss not only increases the likelihood that grieving families will receive understanding and support, but also results in improved education and prevention efforts which may ultimately reduce the incidence of these tragedies."

Down Syndrome Awareness Month:

Approximately 6,000 babies with Down Syndrome are born in the United States each year, according to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). Most people with Down Syndrome have a mild to moderate cognitive disability or intellectual disability but there are many misconceptions that should be corrected. Check out this page on the NDSS website to find out more. 

What matters to you this October? Tell us to win a $50 Visa gift card to keep, plus a $50 donation in your name to your choice of the charities mentioned on this page!

#SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway

*One lucky contestant will be chosen at random to receive a $50 Visa gift card. Plus, the winner can pick one of the charities on this page to which we will donate $50. Giveaway is open through 10/20/19 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member jerylt. A donation will be made to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation.

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  • amok67 By amok67

    Thanks SheSpeaks for teaming up and donating to a disease that affects a third of all women! Kudos!

  • kellys By kellys

    National pregnancy and infant loss awareness

  • jengen06 By jengen06

    I would want the money to go to the Wounded Warrior Project. I know it wasn't mentioned here, but I think it's a worthwhile cause that deserves more attention.

  • OrangeCountyReads By OrangeCountyReads

    I?m glad awareness is being brought to Domestic Violence. Too long women (and some men) have suffered.

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  • sw2982 By sw2982

    A friend is a breast cancer survivor so awareness matters to me the most this October.

  • MamaHerr By MamaHerr

    All of these causes and more matter to me this October and every month thereon. If I were to win I would choose because I feel it is the most unrecognized disability in children, ADHD and dyslexia as well as other learning disabilities. I homeschool my boys and my oldest is showing signs of possible dyslexia and has a very hard time focusing on one given task, yet is too young to be tested for any learning disabilities even though he is in 1st grade.

  • Angie83 By Angie83

    I want everyone to realize they need to be kind to each other. You never know what someone is going through.

  • authentic_1_man By authentic_1_man

    National Depression: it effects so many, but few like to talk about it/admit it to themselves.

  • Daciamcgill By Daciamcgill

    Domestic violence because I've been there.

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