1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Transforming the momentum of Breast Cancer Awareness Month into a year round effort is more important now than ever. That is why Lavar Jacobs founded an organization called Not Just October in memory of his mother, Kim Jacobs, who passed away in 2009 from breast cancer. Lavar’s story is one that many of us can relate to, seeing as 1 in 3 women is affected by breast cancer in some way, shape, or form. So without further ado, I want to share with you all a little bit about what Not Just October is and how it aims to change the world.
Could you give us some background information on Not Just October?
- Not Just October was an idea I had in August of 2014, I always had a passion for Breast Cancer Awareness and I felt like it was time to jump into the fight! We will be spreading awareness nationwide though events and merchandise, also we will be attempting to help families financially who run into issues due to Breast Cancer. Our fundraising efforts will also be used to fund research working towards a cure for Breast Cancer.
What are the goals of your non profit?
- My ultimate goal is to have an important role in finding a cure for Breast Cancer. As for my organization my goal is to be a globally known organization which is doing good throughout several communities and spreading awareness all year, not just October. I am young and in touch with pop culture so I aim to spread awareness in different demographics then other organizations.
How has breast cancer affected your life?
- I witnessed my Mother fight Breast Cancer and win! After her mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation her Cancer went into remission. Unfortunately a year later my mothers Cancer came back more aggressively and ultimately spread to her brain which lead to her passing away. I was not as informed on the disease as I should have been, which has led me to spread awareness and educate people all over the world so that people don’t have to go through what I went through.
What are Chance Bands, and what inspired you to create them?
- When a person passes away, they are mourned by friends and family for a short amount of time and unfortunately the memories sometimes fade away, my bands give us the opportunity to remember the strength of the person who battled Cancer and spread it across the world. Survivors and family members of women who passed away donate fabric which we sew to the band and Mail around the world. Their strength lives on! Each band comes with a small card that has some facts about the person who’s fabric was donated. I am very excited about these bands!
“Not Just October was created to emphasize that
breast cancer is an issue all year round, Not Just October.”
CLICK on the graphic below for your chance to win a Chance Band of your own – as well as a gift cards to Target ($50) and Starbucks ($10)!
Thanks for reading, Pretties!