It’s happening again.
Last year I wrote this post about the cutesy Facebook game going around where women were asked to post, as their status, where they kept their purse as a way to support breast cancer awareness. You see, having something provactive in your status like “on the kitchen table” makes people inevitably think this is where you like to have sex, so this somehow of course promotes breast cancer awareness. Right? Wrong.
I wrote that games like this do nothing to support cancer awareness and it angered me greatly to see so many of my friends doing it, in a misguided way to show support for the cause.
The game is back again. With Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October, it’s no surprise that it’s started again. This year, ladies are asked to post their shoe size along with how long it takes to do your hair. Yes, really.
Apparently posting “8 inches and 20 minutes” is a really great way to show your support for breast cancer awareness. Another popular game is to post “I’m __weeks and craving ____” (the weeks representing your birth month). It makes people think you’re pregnant and is a great way to spark discussion when you reply back, “Oh, no, I’m not pregnant, I’m supporting breast cancer awareness”.
In what universe?
Instead of falling for a game that, in my opinion, not only makes you look silly but also insensitive, why not find other ways to support cancer awareness instead of posting a Facebook status which does nothing.
Contact the Canadian Cancer Society and your local provincial office and ask to make a donation or volunteer.
Collect pledges and participate in the Relay For Life.
Participate in other fund raising activities for the Canadian Cancer Society like Cops for Cancer, door to door campaigns and more.
Purchase daffodils in the spring from volunteers for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Hug a friend that has lost a loved one to the devastating disease of cancer and tell them how sorry you are. I’ve had far too many friends lose a parent to cancer these past few years and it’s going to keep happening until we find a cure.
I haven’t shared it on my blog up to this point, but my own father – my daddy – is fighting cancer with all he’s got and has been for almost a year now.
I simply refuse to forward on a Facebook game about cancer awareness that does nothing to help the cause.
I’m asking you to do the same. Reply to the msg your friend sends you on Facebook explaining ways others can raise awareness, link them to this post, or if you’re not as feisty as me just delete the message and carry on.
Stop the game. Cancer is not a game. Just ask anyone who has lost a loved one or has a loved one battling it now. I’m not laughing.