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When you think of the month of October, you think of pumpkins, candy, or anything that has to do with Halloween. Many people forget that October is also the month for breast cancer awareness.

According to Dictionary.com, awareness is defined as the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness. Doing self breast exams spreads knowledge of the risks of breast cancer by encouraging friends and family to do the same and so on.  

Breast Cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the United States. Every one out of eight people will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Almost everyone in the United States will be affected by breast cancer at some point in their life.

There are many ways you can help raise money to help to find a cure for breast cancer. Every year there are two walks on Mother’s Day and in October for Philadelphians to participate in. Susan G. Korman face for a cure sponsors a three-day walk. This walk helps raise money for the research of breast cancer. The participants in this walk, will walk 20 miles a day for three days, with a total of 60 miles.

Many people in Archbishop Ryan can be affected by breast cancer, and we might not even know it. One of our seniors, Jackie Schaeffer, was affected by breast cancer. Schaeffer’s mother was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer during her freshmen year.

“Seeing breast cancer affect someone that I love first hand is definitely really hard.It helps to stay positive. Everyday is a blessing,” said Shaeffer. “My mom is a great example of staying positive. If it wasn’t for prayers and her positivity, I’m not sure she would be here today.”

Archbishop Ryan Girls Volleyball team is currently selling pink t-shirts for breast cancer. The shirts are being sold $15 each. For each shirt being sold, $2.00 is going to breast cancer research.

“Breast Cancer Awareness is really important, especially to me. More people should be informed about it, and help raise money,” said Schaeffer.

This October, people should be more focussed on helping to raise money for breast cancer awareness. It isn’t just about the haunted hayrides, pumpkin- patches, trick- or- treating, and costumes.

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