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. Check out the list below of opportunities to go pink in Woonsocket and beyond:
- During the Month of October, in its largest fund-raiser to date, Athena's Home Novelties is asking for a $5 donation along with a bra or bras to be hooked together. They hope to break the bra-chain world record of 169,000 bras.
- On Oct. 4, Breast Cancer Survivor Sharon Brothers will be at the RI Blood Center's Woonsocket Donor Center, 2168 Diamond Hill Road, 12 - 2 p.m. to share her story of survival.
- A special WaterFire is scheduled for Oct. 6 in Downtown Providence with the theme "Flames of Hope."
- On Oct. 7, the Gloria Gemma Foundation is scheduled to host its 4th Annual 5K Road Race, starting at the Rhode Island State House. This year's event also includes a kids' 1K. Click here for more event information.
- On Oct. 8, Pink Heals, known for its pink fire trucks and police cruiser, will be in the Autumn Fest parade.
- In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Landmark Medical Center holds a breast cancer screening clinic every year, typically on the third Saturday in October. In order to be eligible for this two-part program, participants must register for a mammogram (offered at no cost to participants typically during the last two weeks of September) AND attend the clinic in October.
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.
WoonsocketPatch wants to know: 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.