October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of a disease that will affect 1 in 8 American women in their lifetime. While most people are aware of the existence and devastation of breast cancer, many aren’t sure what steps to take to detect the disease in its early stages. Breast Cancer Awareness month is all about prevention, awareness, fundraising efforts to support survivors, and research for a cure.
Read on to find events and fundraisers happening in your city this month.
New York City
The Pink Agenda’s Annual Gala, Oct. 13
Join us on Thursday, October 13 to raise money – and raise hell – for breast cancer research. Hosted by Giuliana Rancic and featuring special guest Willie Geist, the Gala will also include a presentation of the Lisa Mae Lee Award to fitness pioneer Tracy Anderson and music by Hannah Bronfman.
Avon 39 Walk, Oct. 15-16
2 days, 39.3 miles. You’ve never seen New York City like this before. Through Manhattan and back again, you’ll conquer the Upper West and East Sides, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Chinatown with views of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall. You’ll even cross the legendary Brooklyn Bridge on your way to the finish line.
Making Strides of Central Park, Oct 16
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting communities with a shared determination to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Passionate walk participants raise critical funds that enable the American Cancer Society to fund innovative research; provide free, information and support to anyone touched by breast cancer; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable. Sign up to join this non-competitive 3-5 mile event.
Making Strides Boston, Oct. 2
The American Cancer Society’s 24th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston (facebook.com/BostonMSABC ) is set for Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the DCR Hatch Shell. The special fundraising walk unites the community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance of prevention and early detection, and raise funds to help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. To volunteer, to form a team, or for more information, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/bostonma or contact Erin Sullivan; 508-270-4643; BostonMAStrides@cancer.org.
Towpath Community Foundation Inc. and Contellation Brands will be conducting the 6th Annual Breast Cancer Ride and Run. Featuring 10, 25, and 50 mile family-friendly routes, this event is a great opportunity to contribute to an awesome local cause while having fun on your bike! Register here.
Making Strides of San Francisco, Oct. 22
The American Cancer Society celebrates survivorship in its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks across the nation. This year, the San Francisco event again offers its shared determination to not just continue the fight against Breast Cancer, but to hopefully finish it. While that is a big goal, Making Strides is an incredibly inspiring chance to celebrate the survivors, help the American Cancer Society raise funds for groundbreaking research on breast cancer and provide information education and lots of support.
Pink Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Oct. 15
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Ritz-Carlton will don pink lights and present a rose-colored rendition of its afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches such as beet-cured salmon, red pepper gougere, and rose water mozzarella. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
Making Strides of Los Angeles, Oct. 15
Get ready to join more than one million volunteers nationwide. When you sign up, fundraise, and participate in one of these noncompetitive, three- to five-mile walks, you will be there to support every person affected by breast cancer. Walk to make sure that anyone touched by this disease has a hand to hold. You can start a team, or keep your team going.
“Think pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Langham Hotels are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month by donating 10% of the proceeds from each “Pink” offer to the Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center at Huntington Hospital. Special spa treatments, afternoon teas, and drink specials available.
In Good Taste, Oct. 1-31
More than 160 of Chicago’s most chic establishments invite you to wine and dine for a great cause during Breast Cancer Awareness month. When you dine at participating locations in October, donations and proceeds from special menu items will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation and local breast cancer research.
This is an annual opportunity to reach a vast majority of your community in order to provide essential resources and information in hopes of surviving, thriving, and fighting together.
Real Bears Fans Wear Pink, Oct. 1-31
The Bears will officially recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Sunday, October 16 at the Jacksonville Jaguars game, and they encourage you and your guests to be wearing PINK that day! This year’s shirt costs $25. 100% of the net proceeds from sales of the shirt will benefit those coping with a breast cancer diagnosis.