You probably already know this but last month (October) was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a terrible disease that is expected to affect 246,000 women in 2016 alone. Many of us have known or know someone affected by this type of cancer and know what its like to see a loved one have to endure such hardship.All of us at Escape didn’t feel right about ONLY wearing pink for the month of October in order to show our support. We wanted to do something that we believe could have a direct impact on the future of cancer in our modern society.
We know that there are things people can do to lessen their chances of being affected by cancer (eat a balanced diet, maintain healthy weight, exercise, don’t use tobacco, etc). We are also aware that not every American had the privilege of being taught how to take care of themselves and prevent health complications before its too late.
We thought that the best way we could do this was to find an organization that focuses on women’s health and well-being. Through an employee who is originally from Boston, MA we found Dream Big! Dream Big! is a 501C3 Boston based non-profit organization who’s mission is to “help girls from low-income situations achieve their dreams by providing them with the basic items and fees necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being. Dream Big! partners with community sports organizations, social-service organizations, schools and community health centers to identify and fulfill the basic needs of girls from economically disadvantaged communities, in elementary, junior high and high school.”
Dream Big! Shares a similar vision as we do at Escape. They believe that regular participation in physical activity during childhood and adolescence promotes the development of positive body image, confidence, self-esteem and has been shown to improve academic performance and career success. They also stand by the fact that physical activity reduces a girl’s risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer, depression, unplanned pregnancy, stress, anxiety amongst many other things!
Dream Big! Has been awarded the “Top-Rated Non-Profit Award” multiple years in a row and is proud to be a part of the Boston Athletic Association’s official Boston Marathon® Charity Program. As one of 32 charity partners, Dream Big! will have a team of 20 runners in the 121st Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017. Want to run for them? Apply here!
Dream Big! Is also hosting their 7th annual Dream Big! All-Star Gala and Auction at Fenway Park on November 18th. If you live in/near Boston, you won’t want to miss this! Some of America’s most impressive professional athletes are often in attendance. You can bid on an Escape Adventures tour at the Gala and help support the continued success of Dream Big!
Dream Big! Know that we are some of your biggest fans out West and we are spreading the word about all the amazing things you are doing back East! When the time is right, we look forward to getting those girls on bikes and showing them another world of adventure! Thank you for all you do! From the bottom of our hearts, we are grateful and humbled by you!