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 Needham and beyond:
- The Ellie Fund in Needham is involved in several events this month to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Upcoming events include BANANARAMA at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on Oct. 3; the Ellie Fund Superheroes Party at Linden Square Courtyard in Wellesley on Oct. 14; and Halloween for Hope, presented by The Slater Foundation, at the Living Room in Boston on Oct. 26. Learn more about the Ellie Fund and these events at elliefund.org.
- Addicted to Zumba? Join other Zumba enthusiasts at the Party in Pink™ Zumbathon® in Brookline, and enjoy a workout while making your donation.
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital is hosting a Think Pink event for women from the MetroWest area on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m. in the hospital's Bowles Conference Center. This free breast cancer awareness community event will include a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with music and Reiki and massage. Nutrition and fitness experts will also be on hand. Following the reception, there will be a panel discussion on new mammography advances and understanding mammogram results. Register by emailing email@example.com or calling 617-243-6622.
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital is also sponsoring a Pay It Forward program during the month of October. After a patient has her routine mammogram at the hospital's Manton Women’s Imaging Center or other locations in Natick and Walpole, she will be asked to pass along a pink reminder card to a mother, sister, daughter or friend as a way to encourage them to schedule their annual mammogram.
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.
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