No. 2: Hold your own fundraiser

Every little bit donated to the cause helps, but why stop with just donating your own money?

There are plenty of ways for you to organize your own fundraiser in order to multiply your own efforts and spread even more awareness.

You could take the traditional approach of bake sales, car washes and spaghetti dinners, or you could try something a little more unique. For five unique ideas you may have never considered before, check out our top five suggestions here.

And what do you do once you've got the funds raised? Pick a respected, established nonprofit charity that speaks to you personally. Some suggestions include the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and the aforementioned Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

There are plenty of other organizations out there worthy of your support. Visit Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that evaluates and rates charities, to find a charity you can trust.

Last up, what's more valuable than money?

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No. 1: Volunteer your time

Money is essential to funding research for finding a cure for breast cancer, but you can also make a big difference by giving of your time.

There are many charities out there seeking a little extra help in making a difference in the lives of those dealing with breast cancer.

Start with the American Cancer Society, which has several programs that put volunteers to work. Contact your local chapter to see what services might need your help.

Consider, for example, the Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.

Or, if you have office skills, you can donate your services to local breast cancer support groups that could use your help. And if you happen to have cosmetology skills, Look Good ... Feel Better, is always seeking volunteers to help teach women how to deal with hair loss, as well as take care of skin and nails during treatment.

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