October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and however you like to do it, shop, bowl, rock out, walk or run, there are myriad ways to support the cause. Here's a list of events throughout the region, with relevant links, that are being undertaken in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
- The Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure invites leaders of faith based organizations to participate in an in-depth seminar on the breast health needs of women. Seminar topics will include the state of breast cancer in Connecticut as well as presentations on a statewide report on breast cancer.
- Premium Outlets and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are teaming up to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs in communities across the country. During the month of October, donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one single item from select stores including Cole Haan, DKNY, Elie Tahari, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Talbots, Theory, and many more.
- Blue Back Square, the regional shopping and dining venue, is hosting a party to kick of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event will include dancing, swag, music, food and drink tasting and a fashion show.
- The company will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt'd bra purchased. And, with a purchase of $80 or more, you will receive a Wacoal Spot On Tote Bag as a gift.
- The fire company will host a car and motorcycle show, including antique fire apparatus and a sponsorhip motorcycle ride for Bikers For The Cure. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure.
- Sponsored by the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, this is the sixth year of the walk, which also features a half- and quarter-marathon. The marathon starts at Saybrook Point in Old Saybrook, the half marathon at Capitol Drive in East Lyme and the quarter marathon starts at the Niantic Baptist Church in downtown Niantic. All walks end at Camp Harkness in Waterford. There will be a Patch team participating in the event.
- A fundraising walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
- All proceeds from late-night bowling in the High Rollers Luxury Lanes at Foxwoods Casino will support Komen Connecticut. Also, an all-female rock band will perform at the Scorpion Bar in the casnio, with all cover charges donated to Komen Connecticut.
- There will be a raffle, door prizes, donations, "and of course an awesome Zumba party" organizers of this event say.
There are even more ways to spread breast cancer awareness this month by supporting national organizations that are fighting for a cure.
Research centers like Susan G. Komen for the Cure are selling pink ribbon merchandise and it’s a twofer — retail therapy and donating to a cause that affects millions.
You can also support breast cancer research by affixing a special stamp to your mail. The U.S. Postal Service has been selling a stamp commemorating breast cancer awareness for the past 15 years. The agency has raised $75 million so far for research programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
The American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is organized nationwide and so far more than 8 million people have walked for this cause and raised about $460 million.