Raising Funds for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer – one of the diseases plaguing the modern world today. There are many people who have been affected by this disease. Some of the affected patients have recovered and some just never had the chance. There are some people who go through the treatment, get cured and see a relapse. Breast Cancer and its treatment itself take a toll on an individual and her family. Once the cancer is detected, the journey of treatment for the individual begins. If the cancer is detected at Stage 0, then the patient can be fairly optimistic that they will recover. If the cancer is detected in stage 1, there is 86% probability of recovery. At stage 3, the recovery chances drop to 57% and at stage 4, the survival rate is only 20%. Dealing with the treatment and the probability of not being able to recover should be enough for the person affected to handle. In addition to this, comes the cost of the treatment and the post care after the treatment. There are many cancer foundations that work on helping cancer patients to deal with the cost of the treatment or providing the treatments at an affordable rate. These treatments also work with cancer research institutes to help develop cures for cancer so that the survival rate can be increased. For all this to work, finally the questions that arise are about the funds that need to made available.

 

Raising funds for Breast Cancer

There are people who definitely contribute selflessly for such causes. Additionally, even at our level we can try and contribute even whatever small amounts we can gather to help eradicate cancer. October is celebrated as the

“National Breast Awareness Month”. This is probably the best time that you can start thinking about and executing ideas for raising funds for breast cancer. You don’t have to invest in organizing a gala event for raising funds. This can be done in small ways by organizing different events in our neighborhood or at our workplace. Below are some simple ideas that you can use for raising money for breast cancer

  • Help Make Wigs for Cancer Patients

Cancer treatment can take a toll on the overall health and the well being of the person. Loss of hair on the head completely is one of the common side effects of cancer treatment. However, there are many saloons, which tie up with cancer charities so that wigs can be created for the cancer patients. This is as simple as walking into your favorite saloon and telling them that you need a haircut. All you need to do is ensure that the saloon has tied up for such an initiative. Most of these saloons also offer free haircuts or some other perks in exchange for the beautiful gift that you are providing. To add on to this you can encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to participate in this hair donation initiative along with you.  

 

  • Hold a Garage Sale

This might seem a very tedious option at first. The question that comes up what should I sell? Just take a glance around your house and there will be so many things around the house that we no longer use and it’s just lying about. There could be clothes, which have barely been worn and will not be in the future, for whatever the reason may be. Also, you never know that there might be people as close as your neighborhood that might need the stuff that you no longer are using. Further, what you can do is have your neighbors and friends and even your colleagues join in and contribute stuff for the garage sale. The proceedings of the sale can then be shared with cancer charities.

  • Participate in a ‘Pink’ event

There are ‘Pink’ events held all over the world in support of breast cancer. Some places have Pink Marathons, some have Pink Triathlons and some have ‘Pink’ breakfasts, which are organized to raise funds for breast cancer. You can always participate in these events to help donate for such a cause. To make it more enjoyable as well as profitable at the same time, you can take your friends or family along.

Where there is a will, there is a way. If you are keen on helping or supporting in any way, then there is always a way that you will find for yourself. There are countless opportunities around us that can help us raising money for breast cancer for such a noble cause. Hope you find your way!

How about Raising money by rowing across the Atlantic Sea?

Raising money by rowing across the atlantic sea? Sounds like something crazy? It isn’t so crazy after all. There is an event that it holds each year – World’s Toughest Row. This event is the greatest challenge of all times where the participants are expected to row across the Atlantic Ocean almost 3,000 miles. The rowing race starts from the Canary Islands to the West Indies. The donations generated from this event are given to a different charity every year. A company called the Talisker single malt Scotch whiskey runs it and the challenge is called the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. It is a charity event along with being an endurance test for the participants. For this challenge, the rowing starts in December. This event has been around for the past four years and has known to raise about €6million towards charities.

World’s Toughest Row: Introduction

In 2017, there were two guys from Dunblane who rowed across the Atlantic and donated the proceeds to the Firefighters Charity. This team was at sea for 55 days and has faced a lot of issues right from minimal protection from nature to sleep deprivation to losing weight. The participating teams normally take a year or two to prepare for the event. They have to undergo different levels of fitness and endurance so that they are prepared for the race. They are asked to put on about 10-15 kgs of weight since they are expected to lose weight while in the challenge.

 

World’s Toughest Row: Facts

For the 2018 challenge, there are 30 teams that are known to be participating. Some of the facts and rules of the race are as follows –

  • More than 1.5 million or strokes over the period of the race are what the team is expected to row.
  • Throughout the 24 hrs, the team will row for 2 hours and sleep for 2 hrs constantly.
  • It is said that more people are known to have climbed the Mount Everest than taking on a task of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Atlantic Ocean is known to be 8.5km/5.28 miles deep, at the deepest point.
  • There might be a possibility that in case of storms, which are expected while you are on the sea for 55 days, the waves can rise up to as high as 20ft high.
  • For the protection and support of the teams, there are two safety yachts present who are constantly supporting the teams while the teams make it across the ocean. In the 2013 race, one yacht is known to have traveled a massive 9000nm.
  • The beauty of the challenge and the event is expecting the unexpected. For example, the 2013 winning team known as Team Locura had a blue marlin beak pierced through the hull of the boat when they arrive in Antigua, the final destination.
  • Most of the supplies are provided on the boat and even to the extent that during the 55 days, there is an estimate that each rower on the team might use about 800 sheets of toilet paper.
  • There is a round-the-clock support provided to the teams by a land-based team of two duty officers.
  • In the race or challenge that took place in 2016, there was a solo rower, by the name of Daryl Farmer, who arrived in Antigua after 96 days. He was known to be rowing without a rudder to steer with for approximately 1200miles and close to 40 days.
  • Every rower has to target consuming about 10 liters of water per day.
  • Due to the amount of rowing done, the rowers are known to burn more than 5,000 calories every day.
  • The boat doesn’t come equipped with a toilet and hence the rowers have to use a bucket.
  • The average amount of weight lost by each rower is about 12 kg while he or she across the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Conclusion

The Ocean can be very unpredictable and the Atlantic Ocean, in particular, is known to be filled with untold dangers including sharks and storms with about 20-foot high waves. The teams are equipped with a boat that is about 7 meters long and has minimal protection from nature and the sea. The athletes are known to participate to test their endurance levels.