It's October, and for people who are dealing with, have lost someone to, or are survivors of breast cancer - it's a big deal. Towns turn pink, baseball jerseys turn pink, there are pink luncheons and pink accessories go in the windows of the local boutiques. One local shop that is making a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients this month is the Brighton Collectibles boutique at Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall in Rogers. During the month of October, they are selling limited-edition Power of Pink bracelets, and donating $10 for each one sold to Hope Cancer Resources. Isn't it lovely? It's even better in person.
If you don't live in Northwest Arkansas, look for your local Brighton shop, many of them around the country are participating in this promotion with their $10 donations benefiting organizations that support women breast cancer in their local area.
Brighton is not only providing a donation for each Power of Pink bracelet sold, but for several other items as well. So, if you're not in the market for jewelry, check out these other options for your personal and gift-giving shopping needs: The purchase of a "Go Go" Messenger Bag (in hot pink!) will provide a $25 donation, the "Twister" card/phone case will provide a $10 donation, the Zippered Coin Purse will also provide a $10 donation, and the Power of Pink Key Fob will provide a $5 donation. There is also a raffle for this gorgeous basket of goodies with the ticket purchase of $5 going into the donation pot.
You may have seen a recent news report about a new test for women with dense breast tissue that will allow doctors to see suspicious areas in better detail. This will help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies by ruling out spots that are truly not worrisome, and will also expose problem areas that may have been hidden because of the density of the tissue surrounding them. This new technology is available in Northwest Arkansas, so discuss your individual scanning needs with your physician if you think it might benefit you.
We are a grantee of The Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Ozark affiliate - so to those of you who have participated in the annual Race for the Cure (or Sleep for the Cure, Bark for the Cure, etc...) in Northwest Arkansas, we want to say THANK YOU!! Your efforts truly do support local women right here in our community. Since our newest grant began in April of 2012, we have provided services to 329 breast cancer patients in our area.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.BreastCancer.org to learn how to do a regular self-check at home.