Were mixing it up a little bit and really want to start highlighting some amazing causes and awareness topics every month. The month of September we want to recognize four causes that we feel are incredibly important. Each month houses several awareness themes, so if there is one that is special to you that you want to see highlighted please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
For September we are recognizing PCOS, Childhood Cancer, Suicide Prevention and awareness, and Chronic Pain. Each cause has its own unique reason of importance that we hope to highlight and share with you all.
PCOS or Polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs. This is a huge invisible struggle for many women. So many women are unaware they even have PCOS until they attempt to have children. Imagine being ready to have a child and finding out the reason you are having so many issues getting pregnant is because of something you didn’t even know you have. Aside from the physical affects of PCOS there are a lot of mental affects that women with PCOS deal with, especially those who are having trouble getting pregnant. PCOS is recognized by the color Teal. To learn more about PCOS please visit PCOS Challenge at
Childhood Cancer affects families in a multitude of ways. Whether is through rare disease or a form of chronic illness, or a perfectly healthy child finding out they have cancer - childhood cancer does not discriminate. In 2018, an estimated 15,590 children were diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Everyday 43 kids are diagnosed with childhood cancer. That is 43 families and their lives EVERYDAY that are turned upside down. Childhood cancer survivors are twice as likely to suffer chronic health conditions. Despite all of these facts childhood cancer research receives just 4% of the annual budget from the National Cancer Institute. Childhood cancer awareness has an important place in our hearts because of our COO and her family. Her son Owen has a rare disease called Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, which gives her son an increased risk of developing childhood cancer. To learn more about Childhood cancer and how you can help please visit Alex’s Lemonade Stand
An often invisible struggle that we do not see until it is too late is suicide. Suicide is another area of life that isn’t recognized or talked about nearly enough. Suicide has the potential to affect everyone regardless of race, gender, age, or nationality. Suicide is something that isn’t talked about until it affects you directly and that needs to change. Maybe if the person who was struggling just had someone who was aware enough to start the conversation with them, they may have chosen differently. To learn more about suicide visit To Write Love on Her arms
Chronic Pain. A silent and very isolating struggle. One that you truly can’t understand unless you experience it. People who struggle with chronic pain are often not believed because they carry on with their daily lives. They do not have much of a choice. Chronic Pain is another cause near and dear to our hearts because our COO has struggled with it for years and will for the rest of her life. She has often said that it is one of the most frustrating chronic illnesses to have because people do not think it exists if they see you smiling and living. With more understanding and awareness we can learn the struggles of chronic pain and help those who deal with it on a daily basis. Chronic pain can also be linked to suicide because of how tormented people can become with crippling pain. To learn more about chronic pain please visit the U.S. Pain Foundation