October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and whether you love to shop, attend events, walk or run, there are tons of different ways to support the cause. Several will be donning pink (including members of the Affton Fire Protection District). Want to do something a little more active? Check out the following opportunities to go pink in South County and beyond:
- 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Oct. 27
- Proceeds from the Spine and Joint Center's Survivor Walk on Oct. 28 will benefit the St. Louis Breast Cancer Coalition
In addition to these South County events, Missouri residents will be participating in the Sista Strut on Oct. 27.
Do you know someone who's been diagnosed with breast cancer? Let them know about nearby support services:
- Survivorship Group for Young Adults with Cancer and Young Survivors
- Support Group for Caregivers/Partners of Young Women with Breast Cancer
- Creative Arts Program for Young Women with Cancer and Young Survivors
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.
TELL US: Is there a special event you participate in to support breast cancer research? Share your stories and thoughts with us by adding them to the comments sections of this article. Also, be sure to add photos of you and your friends supporting the cause to the photo gallery above.