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 Kane County and beyond:
- In honor of those who have struggled with this disease, Mobbela Salon, 601 W. State St., Geneva, will be offering pink hair extensions. The extensions will be available for a $10 donation. Appointments are recommended, but not always required. There are a limited number of extensions are available. Call 630-800-2079 for more information.
- Charlie Fox’s Pizzeria & Eatery of St. Charles will help to raise critical funding for breast cancer research by donating 10 percent of its sales from Friday, Oct. 12, to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national charity based in Seattle. Oct. 12 was designated as a National Pizza Party Day by a pizza industry charitable initiative known as Slice of Hope, according to a release. Charlie Fox’s Pizzeria & Eatery is located at 3341 W. Main St., St. Charles, in a shopping center at Peck Road and Route 64. For more information, visit www.charliefoxpizza.com.
- Community members are invited to learn about the new Relay For Life of Tri-Cities to celebrate the lives of those who have cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease, honor caregivers and fight back against a disease that takes too many. The informational forum will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the American Cancer Society Office, 143 First St., Batavia. Teams from area families, schools, community groups and businesses are needed to participate in this overnight, life-affirming experience to share hope with cancer survivors, caregivers and other supporters in the fight to eliminate cancer. Others are needed for committees (year round volunteering), becoming a day of event volunteer or a potential sponsor.
- Delnor Hospital will host a Dinner With the Doc event discussing the many faces of breast cancer Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Danada House, 3S501 Naperville Road, Wheaton. From 5:30 to 6 p.m. health information will be available. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. is a complimentary dinner and program. For more information, call 630-933-4234.
- The 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Fox Valley will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, 1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora. Click here for more information.
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.