30 minutes could save your life… 30 seconds could help someone else’s!
October 26, 2015
“Odds are, if you live long enough, you’ll develop breast cancer.”
Those aren’t exactly the words any woman wants to hear from her doctor, but I can tell you from first-hand experience that those words can make a person take notice! That pearl of wisdom, along with the fact that several people I know have had their lives touched by breast cancer, prompted me to write a related post during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“I have to admit, like so many women, I never thought it would be me,” says Holly Coffee, owner of Chapin Station. “At the age of 38, I never thought I'd hear the devastating words, ‘You have breast cancer.’ Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a life changing experience. It changes you forever, but it can be a good change because i’s a second chance at life. I strongly encourage women to get a mammogram and learn the signs of breast cancer to improve early detection!”
“I’m a big poster child for having your annual mammogram, because it caught my cancer early. There was no lump or anything,” said Cindy Wittmer in an October 23, 2014, Sheffield Press article. “It saved my life. I’ve always said that.”
Women should start getting annual screenings between the ages of 35-40, said Crystal Cross, an X-ray technician and mammographer at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton, Iowa, said in an October 23, 2014, Sheffield Press article. The process is short and relatively hassle-free. “You come in, we take four pictures and call you back later if we need to. We schedule them every 30 minutes.”
To help remind women to schedule their screenings and to help raise money for an important cause, Enchanted Acres is holding a virtual auction for two large pumpkins that have been painted as minions. “Bid” simply by listing the price you’re willing to pay in the “comment” section below the photo of the minions. As you can see, there are two minions. You may bid on them separately or together by designating your choice in a Facebook comment, for example: “$20 for pink. $20 for blue. $20 each but interested in both.”
Proceeds from these two pumpkins will earmarked for breast cancer awareness and donated to Franklin County Relay for Life, which in turns, raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
We held a similar online pumpkin auction in 2012 when we raised one GIANT white pumpkin that many people had expressed interest in purchasing. Since I had no idea how to set a price for it, we “auctioned” it off on Facebook with $100 being donated to the American Cancer Society. Last year we participated in this month’s activities by offering Porcelain Doll pumpkins for sale. Sales from seeds to produce these beautiful pastel pink pumpkins help fund breast cancer research through the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation.
Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin Pumpkins are certainly fun to decorate with, but did you know there are 8 impressive health benefits of pumpkin. Research shows that pumpkins are high in fiber, which can help you lose weight. Pumpkin seeds are naturally rich in phytosterols, which have been shown to reduce LDL or "bad" cholesterol. Another interesting benefit of eating pumpkin is it contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, which the National Cancer Institute says may play a role in cancer prevention.
So what’s stopping you from putting pumpkin on your plate? Click here for a link to 10 great pumpkin recipes.
We all know that exercise and diet is key to healthy living. In closing, I’d just like to remind women that a quick 30-minute visit to the doctor can help save their lives. By bidding on a pumpkin and donating to organizations that research cures and provide community outreach, you can help save others’ lives!