For cancer awareness, you might find people wearing gold ribbons (for childhood cancer) or driving with teal ribbon magnets (ovarian cancer) on their vehicles. But there's much more you can do, beyond the ribbons, to support these causes and raise awareness.
To truly feel the impact of your support, one of the most precious resources you can donate is your time. Nonprofits can always use an extra helping hand at benefits, races and many other events. Hospitals also welcome volunteers, especially with children.
Sign up for a 5K
Many charities hold annual races to raise money for research and patients. And don't worry: You don't always have to run. Many of the "races" feature a 5K walk/run, giving you the option to do both!
Run a marathon
If you are up to running a race, many local chapters of national cancer nonprofits form teams for marathons around the country from Chicago to Milwaukee to New York to Boston.
Organize a run/walk for your town
If you don't find an awareness event near you, start one!
Spin for a cure
There are places that often host charity rides. Check your local spin classes and speak to instructors about organizing a charity event.
Hold a bake sale
One of the oldest fundraising tactics, bake sales are great ways to raise money and bring awareness to a cause.
Change your profile picture
How often are you on Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Social media are powerful tools. Change your profile picture in support of cancer awareness. Start a conversation!
Childhood cancer is represented by gold, ovarian cancer is teal, and prostate cancer is light blue. The list goes on and on. Wear cancer awareness colors with pride.
Tie giving to a personal event
In lieu of birthday presents, ask friends and family to donate to the cancer charity of your choice. Getting married? Consider a donation to a nonprofit instead of handing out favors guests could either forget or toss in the trash.
Create a special business promotion
If you're a business owner, tell customers if they buy a specific product a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a nonprofit.
Embrace the bold act of baldness
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has more than 1,000 head-shaving events taking place around the world in support of conquering childhood cancer.
Consider donating your hair to make wigs for cancer patients. Several charities accept hair on a regular basis.
Give up a treat
Instead of getting that daily Starbucks drink, how about skipping the sips and donating the money to a cancer charity?
From hats to bracelets to necklaces to watches and more, there are plenty of accessories in various colors to support your cause.
Use a hashtag
Sharing or creating social media posts with specific hashtags such as #OvarianCancerAwarenessMonth helps alert those around you to more information on prevention and facts surrounding cancer.
Have a yard sale
Garage sales are as American as apple pie. Donate the proceeds to the cancer charity of your choice.
Organize a car wash
If you charge $5 a car, people are sure to stop by for such an affordable offer. Make sure to find a good spot and get the word out.
Find out if your employer matches donations
Many corporations match dollar for dollar donations when you raise funds for a cause.
Share survivor stories
If you or someone you know is suffering from cancer, sharing the journey is a powerful message.
Host a golf outing
Host an outing at your local golf course and donate the proceeds to cancer research.
Create gift bags for children in the hospital
Get together with friends and put together gift bags for children in the hospital battling cancer. It will brighten their day.
People decorate for all kinds of holidays, so why not deck the halls for cancer awareness? Play around with ribbons, feathers and all kind of materials from your party store or craft store.
Dine out for a cause
Talk to local restaurants about partnering for a fundraiser where a portion of diners' bills is donated to charity. Include information cards that wait staff can hand out with receipts.
Give flowers — to yourself
Place a small vase of flowers, in the shade representing a particular cancer awareness, on your desk or even on a community table at work. When co-workers ask about the flowers, it's an opportunity to briefly educate them about the illness.
Bring themed cupcakes to work
Another way to keep the conversation going at work is to bring treats for the office. A friendly reminder never hurts, especially when food is involved. Flashy gold cupcakes can help bring attention to childhood cancer.
Have an ice cream social
Take advantage of the word "social" by spreading the message over Facebook and Twitter and then engaging with as many guests as possible at the event.
Make a lemonade stand
Children don't have the monopoly on lemonade stands. Just make sure you have great signage explaining your cause. And don't forget the permit — if your town requires one.
Throw a pink-and-blue party
When people start asking if there's a baby on the way, seize the opportunity to educate them about thyroid cancer, which is symbolized by the colors pink, teal and purple.
Organize an education seminar
Work with local nonprofits and area hospitals to create public education opportunities at hospitals, schools, recreation centers and other types of public places.
Dye your hair
You’ll definitely make a statement by dying your hair. And it doesn’t have to be permanent. Just look at model/actress Josie Maran, who temporarily dyed her tresses teal for an event organized by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.