Hundreds of volunteers of all ages walked to break the silence on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon, N.Y. Those that are college-bound may be surprised to find they also benefited personally from their altruism to support this annual charity event organized by the Long Island Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).
Walk to break the silence
NOCC's Long Island Chapter sought individual volunteers, teams and business sponsors to participate in the Walk to Break the Silence following its mission to "raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer," according to its website.
A recent check on the website showed the event has raised about $84,000 and donations are still being accepted. The following facts were also found:
Each year over 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in our nation and approximately 14,000 women die from the disease. Because symptoms often mimic less serious illnesses, diagnosis usually occurs late when prognosis is poor. The good news is ovarian cancer is over 90% treatable if it is caught early enough.
That's where the awareness mission of the NOCC comes in. There is no vaccination or early detection test for ovarian cancer. It is up to women and the medical community to recognize the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer for an early diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
Women having symptoms for more than 2 weeks are urged to consult their physician.
College-bound altruism pays off
Colleges are looking for students that have more than strong academics to show off on their resume. They want teens who can demonstrate a strong commitment or passion backed up by actions and experiences. Volunteering for a cause can show dedication and provide leadership opportunities.
Parents can help by including their kids when supporting a charitable event. As years pass, students can choose which cause to support by donating time, collecting donations, and assuming a greater role in an organization. Showing a series of increasing involvement proves a student's maturity and abilities. This helps the charity and increases student chance for college admission in comparison to similar academically qualified applicants who fail to show such dedication.
Volunteering is a a double benefit to the college-bound when they help themselves by helping a charitable cause they care about such as the NOCC. Watch the video for more ideas.
Please let me know your thoughts via Twitter and in the comments section below. To get an email about my next article, please click on "Subscribe" directly above "Comments." Have fun helping others when volunteering!