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 the Decatur/Avondale Estates area and beyond:
- Crossfit East Decatur will be hosting a Pink Bra Tour stop on Oct. 24th from 5-9:00 p,m. The event is FREE and open to the public. There will be a lifting competition, food and beverage and raffles. Crossfit East Decatur is at 185 Laredo Drive.
- MudFire Gallery will hold a Mugs for Jugs, an exhibition and sale of handmade ceramic mugs to raise money for breast cancer research. The exhibit and benefit sale starts online at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, and the gallery at 175 Laredo Drive will be open until 10 p.m. that day. Free admission.
- Try the Winship Win the Fight 5K Run at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University on Oct. 13.
- From Sept. 30 to Oct. 27, customers of Atlanta Kroger supermarkets, including its store in Toco Hill, may purchase pink paper ribbons for $1 at the checkout, the sales of which benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
- Georgia State University Pink Panthers Football Game on Saturday, October 6, 2012, 3:30 p.m. between GSU Panthers vs University of New Hampshire at the Georgia Dome. Click here to purchase tickets and proceeds from every ticket purchased will benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Georgia State will also be holding an online auction through October for Making Strides.
- The Mary J. Roberts Foundation presents its 2nd Annual Pink Cocktail Party, which celebrates breast cancer survivors, patients and caregivers on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Museum Bar, 181 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW. Tickets $27.50 and may be purchased at www.4jane.org.
- Georgia State University Volleyball Survivor Game celebrating breast cancer survivors and their families on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Georgia State Sports Arena, 125 Decatur St. in Downtown. The GSU volleyball team will be honoring breast cancer survivors and their families at their Oct. 13 game; family and friends can send in the name of a survivor along with a short description of their story to be read and recognized during the volleyball match to email@example.com or call 404.413.4171.
- The American Cancer Society, based in Atlanta, is hosting an online chat on the topic of breast cancer on Oct. 16. The web chat is at noon at you can sign up at this link.
- Komen Atlanta's Worship in Pink Weekend Oct. 19-21 invites Atlanta's churches, mosques and synagogues to come together spread the life-saving message of breast cancer early detection.
- The Pink Ribbons program is organizing its annual fashion show and luncheon. The event is a great way to discover what’s in style this season and to raise money for breast cancer awareness. This event also features a fashion show where breast cancer survivors strut down the runway.
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.