From elder awareness to national teen self-esteem, May’s calendar observes many good causes

From elder awareness to national teen self-esteem, May’s calendar observes many good causes

By Lilly Zeller

We have a tendency to associate each month with one or several causes. Many of us do not realize that that are a vast number of causes celebrated each month. Unless we have a certain condition or diagnosis, or someone close to us happens to be affected by any given cause, we would not even think about it.

Many of us believe we should give a voice to a greater number of causes, than those that receive the publicity and recognition on any given month.

These are the main awareness causes celebrated during the month of MAY:

• APS (Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome) Awareness Month
• Arthritis Awareness Month
• Awareness Month for the Use of Safety Belts
• Awareness of Hurricane Season Month
• Better Hearing and Speech Month
• Better Sleeping Month(Stress/Insomnia)
• Borderline Personality Awareness Month
• Brain Tumor Awareness Month
• Canavan Awareness Month
• Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month
• Clean Air Awareness Month
• Community Action Month
• Cystic Fibrosis Month
• Elderly Awareness Month
• Family Wellness Month
• Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month
• Foot Health Awareness Month
• Head Start Volunteers Month
• Heal the Children Month
• Healthy Vision Month
• Hepatitis Awareness Month
• Historical Conservation Month
• Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
• International Multiple Sclerosis Month
• Kidney Health Month
• Lou Gherig’s Disease
• Lupus Awareness Month
• Lyme Disease Awareness Month
• Maritime Security Month
• Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month
• Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
• Museum Month
• National Alcohol and other Drug Related Birth Defects Week
• National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month
• National ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Awareness Month
• National Arthritis Awareness Month
• National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
• National Better Hearing and Speech Month
• National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
• National Childhood Stroke Awareness Month
• National Digestive Diseases Awareness Month
• National Family Month
• National Foster Care Month
• National Hepatitis Awareness Month
• National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month
• National Mental Health Awareness Month
• National Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month
• National Osteoporosis Prevention Month
• National Pet Month
• National Sight Saving Month
• National Stroke Prevention and Awareness Month
• National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
• National Teen Self Esteem Month
• National Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month
• Prevention of Brain Hemorrhages Month
• Radio Programming Month
• Safety Belts Awareness Month
• Skin Cancer Awareness Month
• Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
• Sturge-Weber Awareness Month
• Tay-Sachs Awareness Month
• Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month
• Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month
• Ultraviolet Awareness Month
• World Autommune Arthritis Awareness Month
• World Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Each awareness cause has its’ needs and mission. Let’s help promote and acknowledge more causes, and therefore contribute to creating more awareness and empathy to causes and conditions.

To find out more about causes and colors represented with each cause, you can visit the bilingual webpage of and click on the color or cause of your choice.

Latina Lista contributor Lilly Zeller is based in Puerto Rico where she represents the interests of the Third Sector via websites — Talking about Philanthropy and Third Sector Awareness, and in her position on a government committee overseeing the impact of budget cuts on Third Sector programs.

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