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Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Here's how you can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause in your community

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"

Get your jump on for Breast Cancer—For the whole month of October at Rockin Jump Dublin, 5 percent of jump proceeds and donations will go to Tri-Valley Socks. Tri-Valley Socks is in Livermore and is dedicated to finding ways to cure cancer now. Their annual Bras for the Cause Breast Cancer Walk raises money for organizations such as Axis Community Health, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Francisco.  Visit the Rockin Jump website to schedule jump time.

Power of Pink—For every Power of Pink bracelet sold, Brighton in Stoneridge Mall will donate $10 to Axis Community Health, in support of breast cancer awareness, mammograms, and breast care. Visit the Brighton's store website for more details on purchasing this bracelet, which is on sale in October.

Stackable Rings for the CauseMark Gregory and Company will offer a 10 percent donation to Tri-Valley Socks for any purchase of Stackable Expression rings before Nov. 17. For more information, please visit their website.

Nail and Skin EmporiumThe Nail and Skin Emporium store will be collecting donations for Tri-Valley Socks and selling some of their bracelets for the month of October. They are located at 6995 Dublin Blvd., in Dublin.

Breast Cancer Symposium—On October 4, join ValleyCare Physicians and Staff members for the third annual Breast Cancer Symposium. The night will cover various topics including the importance of breast clinical exams, MRI of the breast, new paradigms in surgical management of breast cancer, radiation therapy, breast cancer genomics, personalized breast cancer therapy and survivorship, lymphedema treatment and more. The event is FREE and registration is required. Times and location may be found on their website

Breast Cancer Awareness EventSalon Terra Bella will be hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Event on October 18. Five percent of all hair products sold will be donated to Tri-Valley Socks. There will be several raffle items featuring Steven Kent wines. Salon Terra Bella is located on the corner of Isabel Avenue and Vineyard Avenue in Ruby Hills, Pleasanton. This event is FREE. Check out their Facebook page for updates on the event. 

Rally for the Cure—Also on Oct. 18, Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore will be hosting their Rally for the Cure Golf Scramble. The $75 charge includes 9-hole greens fee, $20 rally donation, lunch, clinic tee prizes, happy hour, raffle, and more. Proceeds for this event will go toward Breast Cancer research. For more details, check out the website flyer.

2012 TREK Breast Cancer Awareness Ride—On October 13, ride to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention, screening, treatment and to help fund a cure. Event will begin at The Bicycle Outfitter located at 963 Fremont Ave. Los Altos. More details and registration information may be found on the event website.

Sweat to Fight Cancer—Join ClubSport Fremont and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the fight against breast cancer. Participate in any one of our designated “Pink” classes, and get a “Sweat to Fight Cancer” t-shirt. Refreshments will be provided after all classes. All proceeds go towards the fight against breast cancer. Please visit the ClubSport Fremont's website for a list of scheduled classes and where to sign up.

Brides Against Breast Cancer—This is a unique opportunity to find the gown of your dreams at a remarkable price while helping make wishes and memory-making events come true. On Oct. 12-14, when you purchase your special dress at a "Brides Against Breast Cancer" charity wedding gown sale, you not only save hundreds even thousands of dollars you will help make a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. Make a tax deductible donation at the event or buy tickets for $25. Event will be held in San Leandro at BayFair Mall located at 15555 East 14th Street San Leandro. More event details are on the EventBrite page.

Dirty Girl Mud Run— Join Dirty Girl and the National Breast Cancer Foundation on Oct. 27 for a 5k mud run for women of all ages and athletic abilities. The muddy race will take place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Don't worry, it's not a "race" in the traditional sense. There will be obstacles that challenge you too. The event will donate at least 2.5 percent of all registration fees to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For registration information and event details, visit the Dirty Girl website or get updates on the Facebook page.

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 two-fer — 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.

And you can join people from four continents in a Race for the Cure event organized by Susan G. Komen For The Cure, or an Avon Walk For Breast Cancer event organized by the Avon Foundation for Women.

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.

David October 03, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I have an undergrad degree in biochemistry and a phd in the same from UC Berkeley. I'm not sure hat you hunk is "anger" or "trolling" in my comments. Cancer is clearly caused by a series of gene mutations that occur all the time in people young and old. As people get older the mutations accumulate and simultaneously the mechanism the body uses to repair DNA break down. Eventually in some people this leads to cancer. Nutrition and "lifestyle" outside of smoking has very little to do with cancer. There is plenty of evidence for this. decades in fact.
Renae Wilber October 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
David, I respect your credentials very much, and I agree with you that cancer can be caused, in fact in many cases, by gene mutations, however - there is also evidence that cancer is caused by many other environmental issues separate from gene mutations. As far as diet and exercise, you readily dismiss the value of one's immune system as a means of fighting off cancer cells, which is backed by years of research and studies. But I take it you work in the pharmaceutical industry so of course you would dismiss any evidence that directly conflicts with the mission of the industry. Lastly, there are numerous intellectuals with perspectives that are in contrast with yours. But, in all fairness, I had twelve doctors on the tumor board at Stanford, all extremely intelligent individuals with years of training and experience in cancer, and they could not agree on how to best proceed with my tumor. So, I respect your credentials, but I also believe that if you take a roomful of people with identical credentials, they are still not all going to agree on everything. In that, and after watching video footage of healthy white blood cells breaking down and destroying a malignant tumor, and after a year of treatment at Stanford which integrated Western medicine with nutrition and health professionals (all part of Stanford), I believe that our immune systems if strong have the ability to break down cancer cells. UC Berkeley is also not known for cancer research as Stanford is.
Renae Wilber October 03, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Contrary to what "biochemist David" believes - we do have control of our bodies. We may get cancer, and yes, it may be genetic or from old age - but a healthy immune system has been proven time and time again to fight cancer cells; diet and exercise of which are a crucial element of keeping cancer from recurring. It's really not rocket science. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/04/25/151387672/evidence-mounts-that-diet-exercise-help-survivors-cut-cancer-risk
T. Sellick October 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Renae I agree with everything you are saying but it is important to allow those to continue working for a cure or for other ways to assist women in need. Sometimes you have to support those things that have ulterior motives to make a difference or you need to do your homework to find ways to help directly. My business partner and I started a charity to help women directly through financial assistance and preventitive measures. We have set up a fund at ValleyCare Hospital called "The Women in Need Fund" 100% of all the money goes to help pay for mammograms, prosthetic bras, compression sleeves and counseling services. We are trying to help Tri-Valley women directly. You will never see the name of my business listed because I am not looking for financial gain. If you want more information, you can find us at our Dentists Against Cancer website or go directly to ValleyCare Health Systems to find out more. Shelly Despotakis at Valley Care can help with handling direct donations to the fund. Please take a look and feel free to let me know what you think. Thanks
Renae Wilber October 03, 2012 at 09:18 PM
T.Sellick I can tell you what I think without yet having visited the site (which I definitely will). I think what you and your business partner are doing are hands down one of the greatest charitable ideas that I have heard of yet. It sounds like 100% of the fund raising goes to helping the very people that battle breast cancer, you are doing something where there is a desperate need, you are promoting the very breast cancer assistance needed without marketing your services (which I am not completely objectionable to, but so many do it as a means to market their business when their very business is not cancer friendly -- i.e. Kentucky Fried Chicken). I applaud you, a thousand times over. Thank you.

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