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Feel good this October by getting involved during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the biggest campaign of the year to increase awareness of this disease! Get involved this October by participating in awareness events, walks, donating or becoming a volunteer. The possibilities are endless and the feeling you’ll get when you come together with your fellow fighting ladies is just incredible! 

beCAUSEPink: Join the cause to help end breast cancer by playing the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure from the Illinois Lottery. 100% of profits go toward breast cancer awareness, education and research in Illinois. You can buy this scratch off ticket at a retailer near you today. And help spread the word at #beCAUSEPinkIL

Awareness Events: Participate in awareness events throughout your community such as 5k run/walks, awareness bike rides, zumba dances and more! Gather with hundreds of other women, come together and help find a cure! Find awareness events near where you live and get involved. 

Breast Cancer Products: During the month of October, many products like food, drinks or beauty products are labeled to help support breast cancer research. Check the labels at the store because many of the items you already buy will donate proceeds to finding a cure.

Donate: If you aren’t able to participate in events or fundraisers, you can simply donate to breast cancer awareness organizations and help them find a cure! 

Become a Sponsor or Volunteer: Volunteer or become a sponsor to help bring awareness to early detection screenings, help raise funds, join a charity and help provide mammograms and breast health services for those who need it. 

Fundraising Events: Find local fundraising events and get involved by attending, donating, or even hosting and volunteering! 




When you or a loved one is facing cancer, looking good and attempting to be stylish is probably the furthest thing from your mind, but the power of beauty, that feeling that you can still look like yourself while battling this disease, can be healing in and of itself. Plus, the routine of putting together your look helps you maintain a sense of normalcy and that can make you feel more equipped to handle any obstacle that comes your way.


We have put together a few beauty essentials that you can stock up on for yourself or a loved one who’s battling cancer.



17999-cancer-scarfThe best scarves are warm, cozy, come in a flattering, face-framing color, and they are just a little bit glamorous.

In fact, a beautiful new scarf might be the ideal way to let a loved one battling breast cancer know that you’re thinking about them and that you care - and of course, it is always good for them to have something warm to wrap up in during treatments.



Skin care has never been so important, and now is definitely the time to indulge in a high-end face cream or similar treatments.


Go for the luxury packaging too - something that looks pretty on your end table or vanity will brighten your day.



17999-cancer-hatDon’t underestimate the capabilities of a bit of color when it comes to improving your overall look - and your outlook on everything. And realistically, adding a healthy flush to your cheeks will make you look healthier, so if the “fake it till you make it” thought

Don’t underestimate the capabilities of a bit of color when it comes to improving your overall look - and your outlook on everything. Realistically, adding a healthy flush to your cheeks will make you look healthier, so you may want to tap into the “fake it till you make it” idea to look good to feel good. Sweeping blush every day can be one of those simple steps in your daily self-care routine.



Like blush, swiping on a bit of lipstick or gloss can brighten your mood and help you feel more like yourself. Go with an old favorite or pick out something new and wild like royal purple, deep burgundy, or even a bold sapphire blue.


Nothing is too frivolous when it helps in the fight against something as big and all-encompassing as cancer. Beauty is a pretty powerful thing - we just need to take advantage of it.

17972-breast-cancer-productsWhen the month of October rolls around, we embrace the abundance of pink to support breast cancer. But, do you actually know which products give back to those charities and really make an impact? We have searched high and low to find which items out there give back and how much of your purchase really goes to the charities named.


iStock 611108396 Cropped 1October is here! With it comes the oranges, yellows and browns of the changing leaves, the orange and black of Halloween, but perhaps most importantly, the giant wave of pink that accompanies Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

If you're looking for a great way to help in the fight against breast cancer, one great idea comes from the Illinois Lottery.

Spoiler Alert: You get to have a little fun, could win big bucks and get to support breast cancer research, education and awareness in Illinois! All threeresearch, education and awarenessare key to making sure women diagnosed with breast cancer survive the terrible disease.

16782-illinois-lottery-2The Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure supports breast cancer research in Illinois. One hundred percent of its profits will go towards awarding grants to public and private entities in Illinois for the purpose of funding breast cancer research, education, and services for breast cancer victims.

To date, the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure has donated more than $12 million for breast cancer research and grants since its inception in 2006.

And of course as an added bonus, you could win up to $50,000 playing the Ticket for the Cure. It's a win-win situation.

1488181172952One in eight American women is diagnosed with breast cancer, making this disease the most common cancer affecting women outside of skin cancer. Almost everyone knows someone — a mother, a sister, a friend  who has been impacted in some way. It could happen to any of us, which makes it so important to keep supporting the cause for the cure.

This year’s campaign, beCAUSE Pink, rallies people behind this worthy cause because each time a Ticket for the Cure is sold, you are helping in making a difference toward ending this disease. So let's continue to make that difference! #beCAUSEPinkIL

As the Illinois Lottery tagline says, "Every Play Is A Win Against Breast Cancer." We agree. So it's time to #beCausepink in Illinois this year!

Remember to play responsibly! You must be 18 or older to play. Purchase a Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure at your local Illinois Lottery retailer or learn more on the Illinois Lottery's website


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 Breast cancer affects one in eight women. Although it is one of the more common types of cancer, tumors can go unnoticed and lifestyle has little effect on the disease. Unfortunately, there is no amount of money or fame that can shield one from the development of breast cancer. Read on to the list of these A-List survivors we salute who have suffered and overcame the disease.