Pink Ribbon NecklaceShopping is not really our first line of defense against breast cancer.
But even so, we’re proud to support some of the companies, big and
small, that are offering special items to help raise funds for research
and patient support during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

We’ve worked hard to only pick out the items that are so great, they really do justice to this noble cause.

Every day I pass a photo of my sister-in-law’s smiling face and am reminded of how breast cancer tried to take that smile from all of us who love her so much. So, mamas, remember: Do those self-exams. See your doctor regularly and get those mammograms. And if you can walk, run, donate or raise funds for a special breast cancer foundation, now is a great time to do it. -Christina

[see some fabulous BCA support items below]

The ubiquitous pink ribbon gets a sophisticated upgrade in this sterling silver Hope Necklace from a Singapore Etsy artist who’s a survivor herself. (shown above). I love the metal “ribbon” twist with a sparkling pink crystal bead hanging from one end. Something else to love? Almost 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore. [Note: If it looks sold out, convo the seller and see if she can make another for you.]

Merimekko Tote

Avon’s Marimekko Tote is so elegant, I want it just for its looks alone. But, with a price tag of only $10 and 100% of net profits going to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, this take-everywhere bag looks even better. I also love that Avon includes a free Breast Health Resource Guide with every purchase so that we can all take care of ourselves, even as we are helping others.

Dandelion Pink Collection

Need something soft, squishy and pink for a baby girl in your life? Check out Dandelion’s Pink Collection of sweet and simple organic plush toys which also help raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.

California Baby's I Love You Line

California Baby’s I Love You product line includes a delicious-smelling bubble bath, massage oil and spritzer with scents that ease tension for both the bather and the bathee. The ingredients are organic or sustainably grown, and free of icky chemicals and fragrances too. They donate a portion of their proceeds to the California Breast Cancer Research Program, and check out their site for a special discount on their I Love You line just for the month of October.

Anne Fontaine blouse

Our editor Liz is a wild devotee of Parisian label Anne Fontaine, and their gorgeously classic-yet-modern white shirts. They’re not cheap, but you’ll have yours forever. Fans should check out her new vibrant pink blouse on sale in stores only this month with 20% of the retail price going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Promise Me Tea

The Republic of Tea’s Sip for the Cure collection has been raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure for years, though this limited-edition Promise Me tin of their yummy pink grapefruit tea had me reaching for the tissues. The image, taken from the memoir of Nancy Brinker, the founder of Susan G Komen for the Cure, features a sweet photo of her and her big sister, Susan.