October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the CDC, about 264,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women – about 2,400 cases in men – each year in the United States.
To get us thinking “pink” – the official color associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Plan B has rounded up several organizations and charities that you can support this month by walking, running, and making donations for breast cancer survivors, thrives, and allies.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in the U.S. is on Oct. 13, and here are a few Chicago-area events that you – and fellow supporters – can join:
Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Whether you want to walk, run, or dance your way to the finish line, join the Gary Comer Youth Center at its track for the organization’s Second Annual “Get Your Pink On” Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Run. The Youth Center is located at 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., on Chicago’s South Side.
The event is free and will have education booths, healthy recipes, snacks, and more for their music- and fun-filled day.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Stepping off at Soldier Field, The American Cancer Society is hosting this walk to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. The scenic 5K walk will take participants from the stadium along the Lakefront Path.
You can create a team or walk as an individual to raise donations. You also can volunteer to help run the event, or simply make a donation to support the cause without participating.
Saturday, Oct. 29, Runners step off: 9 a.m. & Walkers step off: 9:15 a.m.
Also taking place at Soldier Field, you can join Susan G. Komen Foundation and other runners and walkers as they cover a 5K course to raise funds for breast cancer research.
Run or walk as an individual, join a team, or create your own team to raise money for the foundation, which has set a goal of $400,000.
Can’t make it to an event? You can donate to these organizations and others to support the fight against breast cancer during the month of October – and don’t forget to wear pink!