Though the number of deaths has declined since 1990, close to 40,000 women were expected to die from breast cancer in 2010 and about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, according to BreastCancer.org. It’s important not only during Breast Cancer Awareness Month but throughout the year to help raise awareness and funds to fight the disease. Here are 10 must-have pink ribbon products and items you can purchase to show your support.
"Think Pink, Live Green" with a funky friendship bracelet designed by Chan Luu. The fashion and accessories designer will donate 50 percent of all proceeds from website and wholesale sales of the bracelets to Breastcancer.org. The bracelets come in three styles and are part of the organization's global breast cancer prevention initiative, which helps women and girls learn how to reduce their lifestyle and environmental risk factors for breast cancer. The Chan Luu for Breastcancer.org bracelets can be purchased at www.chanluu.com in early September and retail for $20, $55 and $190.
Sporty Spice would be proud. PUMA's Project Pink Collection is designed to encourage young soccer fans to support the fight against breast cancer. The athletic collection has been expanded this season to include fluorescent pink soccer socks, tees, a new PUMA Project Pink watch and a gym sack perfect for carrying the line's full-size and mini soccer balls. PUMA will donate 100 percent of the profits from the sale of Project Pink gear to one deserving breast cancer charity. To nominate your favorite charity, go to www.puma.com/projectpink. Voting is open now through Sept. 22.
ElliptiGO, the creator of the world's first elliptical bike, is showing its support for the fight against breast cancer by donating a portion of the sales of its limited-edition pink bike to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). With a goal of $10,000 for BCRF, ElliptiGO will donate $120 from the sale of every eight-speed bike and $90 from the sale of every three-speed bike. By combining the best elements of a bike, elliptical machine and running, the ElliptiGO offers a great low-impact workout for women and men in recovery. The limited-edition bikes are available for purchase here from Oct. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011.
Are you ready for the fanny-pack 2.0? The SPIbelt ($19.95) secures essential items such as your identification, cash, keys, credit cards, iPod and cell phone while you're literally on the run. To support the cause, every year SPIbelt uses 20 percent of its proceeds to contribute $2,500 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The versatile accessory comes in several sizes for men, women and children and is available at www.spibelt.com.
Who says supporting breast cancer isn't trendy? Thanks to Katydid, fashionistas can rock a pink ribbon design on a burnout-style T-shirt ($33). The design features the iconic pink ribbon on the front and back overlaid with messages of faith, hope and love, coupled with the distinctive Katydid Collection motifs of angel wings and rhinestone accents in bright pink. With each pink ribbon tee sold during October, $10 will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. All Katydid clothing is made in the U.S. and is available at katydidcollection.com and boutiques nationwide.