October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Make Sure You Keep A Breast

As I mentioned in the title of this post, October is breast cancer awareness month, so I figured it was a good time to talk about another one of my favourite charities, Keep a Breast

You may not have heard of KAB before, but you've probably seen their merch: rubber bracelets that say "I Love Boobies". These bracelets have - stupidly - been banned from schools because apparently showing your support for people with breast cancer is frowned upon. 

Side note: if these schools thing "boobies" is a bad word, then they probably haven't heard their students speak outside the classroom.

KAB is built upon four principles: art, education, awareness, and action. As their mission statement puts it: 

These four approaches are not separate or sequential. None is more important than the others. All are woven into everything we do, and all are related to each other. For example, art is an action that increases awareness and educates viewers about an idea or perspective.

Like any good charity, they try to provide as many resources as possible: I've seen them at music festivals, selling bracelets or handing out cards with instructions on how to check yourself (they encourage you to do it once a month) and providing information on their non toxic revolution and other informative programs.

One of the things I like the most about KAB is the aforementioned "boobies" bracelets. Not only do the proceeds go towards the charity, but it helps to further the discussion, allowing those of us who wear the bracelets to talk to other people about the different methods of prevention or early detection. 

So, for breast cancer awareness month, consider donating to KAB or perhaps picking up a bracelet. At the very least, remember to check yourself!