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. Windsor's Union Street Tavern held a corn toss with proceeds benefitting breast cancer on Sat., Oct. 6, but there are ways to support the fight against the disease in a number of ways.
Not only will Windsor High teams show their support of the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink, Windsor businesses are joining the fight.
Windsor Hair Cuttery is raising money for breast cancer research throughout the month of October. All funds raised go to Passionately Pink for the Cure to fund research, education, screenings and treatment programs.
There are also a number of events throughout the region:
- A fundraising walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
- Tina’s Ice Cream, owned by two-time breast cancer survivor Tina Shaw, will help two Granby community members raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s 3-Day event on Saturday. Shaw traditionally organizes a breast cancer awareness event and fundraiser in October to celebrate her birthday.
- 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.
- There will be a raffle, door prizes, donations, "and of course an awesome Zumba party" organizers of this event say.
- 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.
- Blue Back Square, the regional shopping and dining venue, is hosting a pink party to kick of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event will include dancing, swag, music, food and drink tasting and a fashion show.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
In addition to these local and area events, Connecticut residents can attend an inspirational luncheon in Derby, CT to commemorate women who have been working tirelessly to spread breast cancer awareness. Your ticket would help the Griffin Hospital/Valley Breast Care Fund ensure that no one is ever denied a mammogram or diagnostic testing for breast cancer.
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.
Be sure to add photos of you, your friends and family supporting the cause of breast caner awareness in the photo gallery above.