Breast cancer is the most common cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) among women in the U.S. One in eight women will be diagnosed with it at some point in their lives. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the women of action sports have dedicated themselves to raise awareness and support the fight against breast cancer.
After losing her mom to the disease, motocross racer Laurie Cary started MX Ride for the Cause. This annual event takes place in Cahuilla Creek and features much more than just riding and demos. There’s a bra parade, an auction, a raffle, food, and a dance floor. Proceeds go to Michelle’s Place, a breast cancer resource center in California. This year’s MX Ride for the Cause takes place on Saturday, October 1.
Another California-based organization, Boarding for Breast Cancer, is raising awareness in the snow, skate, and surf communities. It was founded by snowboarders Tina Basic and Shannon Dunn, video game producer Lisa Hudson, and writer Kathleen Gasperini, all of whom had a friend battling breast cancer. B4BC makes appearances at many events, including the X Games and the Warped Tour. It also sponsors some of the top boarders in the world: Hannah Teter, Tara Dakides, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins, and Mary Osbourne. Be sure to check out the B4BC website for information on future events, survivor stories, and how to protect yourself and get involved in the fight against breast cancer.
Remember: check your breasts monthly (at around the same time) because no one else, not even your doctor, knows your body like you do. If you’re 40 or older, be sure to get an annual mammogram. Guys, keep an eye out for suspicious lumps on your body too because men get breast cancer too. The key to winning the battle is early detection.