It seems wrong to look forward to Breast Cancer Awareness Month just because of all the pink stuff, but THERE IT IS. Breast Cancer Awareness has done a really good job of getting a ton of fun pink fundraising products on the market. For those of us who would buy pink stuff ANYWAY, it’s awesome pink riches—and a nice way to donate a little money here and there.
I was reading Lora’s post about cervical cancer and how it doesn’t get quite the parade breast cancer does. Uterine and ovarian cancer get left in the shadows, too. I’m guessing it’s because you can check yourself for breast cancer so it’s a good idea to make everyone aware of it. Other kinds, it’s more like Annual GYN Office Visit Awareness.
But it’s also a SHOPPING problem: I looked around and there are sites for the non-breast forms of Girl Cancer awareness, but they don’t SELL STUFF. If I can’t buy a pencil or a t-shirt for it, I’m not as aware, is my feeling about it.
Luckily, places like Etsy and CafePress step in where non-profits forget to tread.
This is my favorite design at CafePress: it’s a tote bag that says “Fight Like a Girl,” and teal is the color for both ovarian and cervical cancer so it applies to either. But perhaps the thong or the beer stein would be more appealing.
For something more specific to cervical cancer, I like the design on this button (which, like most CafePress designs, can be purchased on many different products).
For something more specific to ovarian cancer, perhaps this throw pillow (again, this same design can be printed on many different things—though, sadly, not the thong).
A teal ribbon necklace is available from Designs by Best Friends on Etsy.
This “strength” necklace by Smitten Jewelry on Etsy would make a wonderful gift for a friend.
And this pretty necklace by Maggie McMane Jewelry Designs on Etsy is for both breast and reproductive cancers.