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

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

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 Understood.org. 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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  • cherylfahling By cherylfahling
    10.02.19  

    I want people to be aware of Domestic Violence this October.

  • mich61 By mich61
    10.02.19  

    Cooler weather!

  • susan1215 By susan1215
    10.02.19  

    I lost an Aunt to breast cancer so a breast cancer charity is important to me.

  • mami2jcn By mami2jcn
    10.02.19  

    Breast Cancer Awareness is important! I just had my mammogram last week.

  • pokeywinkel15 By pokeywinkel15
    10.02.19  

    Understood.org is a good organization

  • CptFussybuckets By CptFussybuckets
    10.02.19  

    This is a great month for great causes....I want people to recognize the prevalence of domestic violence and help make people aware.

  • vizz13 By vizz13
    10.02.19  

    Breast Cancer Awareness

  • GypsyNurse By GypsyNurse
    10.02.19  

    So many incredible ways to donate. I'm very much an advocate for domestic abuse help and would love that to be my donation❤

  • daholte By daholte
    10.02.19  

    National Domestic Violence month is important to me. As a victim of domestic violence this is very near and dear to my heart.

  • KellyTN By KellyTN
    10.02.19  

    Most of these October awareness categories are very dear to me. I think the one category that is least heard of is the National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness. I and some of my closest friends have been through this trauma and it would be wonderful to have more support for the whole family suffering!

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