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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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  • Cecelia55 By Cecelia55
    10.02.19  

    Infant Loss Awareness matters to me. I have several grandbabies in heaven because of miscarriages.

  • Brandyreyes1 By Brandyreyes1
    10.02.19  

    I Just loss my mother this June from cancer so October is a special month to recognize those who have beat and survived breast cancer and even those who fought a hard battle. I will always support Breast Cancer awareness and those fighting it are hero's !

  • meeshee1 By meeshee1
    10.02.19  

    If I were to win, I'd donate to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence charity. As a victim of domestic violence myself and as someone who knows other women who were victims, this is very personal to me.

  • Samples4Rosa By Samples4Rosa
    10.02.19  

    National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • trinajane By trinajane
    10.02.19  

    I think every woman and her spouse if she has one, should see to it that,she get her annual exam and anytime she feels something is not right, this is your life folks

  • tumcsec By tumcsec
    10.02.19  

    I am a 8 year breast cancer survivor. Early detection through a mammogram saved me. Very important for all women.

  • karebear13 By karebear13
    10.02.19  

    Breast cancer awareness

  • JMMom35 By JMMom35
    10.02.19  

    If I would win, send my donation to Breast Cancer Awareness please!

  • BethElderton By BethElderton
    10.02.19  

    I would love for more people to understand ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia. These are complex and many times are not a sign of a child's intelligence.

  • griselbarreto By griselbarreto
    10.02.19  

    Do a mammogram and/or self check of your breast. It?s very important to stay in tune. Have your husbands, sons and every family member check as well. Brest cancer effects both women and men.

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