Every Fall we collectively are bombarded with a mass of pink merchandise—at least more than usual. Some may not even recognize the significance, but ultimately many of our pink purchases go to a special cause. October is breast cancer awareness month—in honor of all the moms, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, and cousins who have dealt with the disease. A portion of the sales from the pink goods often goes to breast cancer research, supporting research and events. (It should be noted that not all Pink Ribbon merchandise goes to support breast cancer research—sold with the intention that the buyer will use it to support the cause.)
Unlike many of the organizations selling everything from mugs to hats sporting the Pink hue, the American Cancer Society wants the public to Pink Differently—not just buying a shirt with a Pink Ribbon to be supportive, but doing more. Take that shirt and wear it to an ACS cancer walk, raising funds to go directly to cancer research. The Pink Differently campaign asks us to go beyond the barrage of products and do more to fight the war against cancer.