November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and this is the time of year when our community comes together in the most united way to make some noise for lung cancer! Most of the activities involve events of some kind, be it a Lung Love Walk or a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer. We encourage you to sign up for one in your community.
However, if events aren’t for you or you don’t have time to attend, you can still make a difference…from your couch. Literally!
- Use Your Social Media to Educate Your Friends and Family – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram are wonderful platforms to get messages out to the public. We have some sample Facebook and Twitter posts that you can use throughout the month or just share some of ours!
- Send a Letter to Your Local Newspaper – Write a letter to the editor and submit it to your local newspaper. Newspapers love to receive feedback and insight from readers within the community. This platform gives you an opportunity to tell your story, share some vital statistics on lung cancer or highlight the fact that it is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Here is a template letter to get you started!
- Join Our Community – Stay connected to the lung cancer advocacy community by signing up for our Weekly Breather, an email newsletter. You will receive relevant news, insights and calls-to-action to guide efforts in your local community.
- Go Shopping – Thanks to our partners, you can now raise awareness in style! When you buy a lung cancer awareness item, a percentage of your purchase will go to helping us provide lung cancer patients and their families with free support, education and referral services. These are great gifts for loved ones or just treat yourself!
- Help Us Help Others – Make a donation! Monetary support is the backbone of our advocacy efforts. Give what you can and invite three friends to do the same. You can donate by texting SHINE to 27722 or visit our website to donate online.
The bottom line, there are no hard and fast rules about getting the word out about lung cancer. No matter what method you choose, you are making a difference.
by Chris Davis, Media Relations Manager