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 Will County and beyond:
- Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital will present “An Evening in Pink,” a night of fun, education and pampering at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Macy’s at the Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. A panel of experts will discuss cancer prevention, the latest on screening mammogram guidelines and nutrition, among other topics. The event also includes makeovers provided by Macy’s along with refreshments and goodie bags. To register for this free event or for more information, call 630-856-7525 or visit www.keepingyouwell.com. Space is limited.
- In honor of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Red Hot Mamas will hold a special program about breast health from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Provena Healing Arts Pavilion, 410 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox. The event will feature information about prevention, early detection and survival. Dr. Wendy Marshall will discuss breast health, changes during menopause, and living after a breast cancer diagnosis. Breast cancer survivors will share their stories at the event. A “For Ladies Only” Wellness Fair featuring free screenings, breast self exams, mammography and mini massages will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Register to attend the mini health fair and/or to attend Red Hot Mamas by calling 815-725-9438. For more information, click here.
- The 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Joliet will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, at Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet. Click here for more information.
- Throughout October, any blood donor will receive a free T-Shirt from Heartland Blood Centers in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A blood drive event sponsored by the K of C Good Shepherd Council #5573 and the Ladies Auxiliary will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish Cana Hall, 15629 S. Route 59 in Plainfield. To make an appointment or get more information, contact Austin Flavell at 815-729-3733, e-mail email@example.com or call the Parish Office at 815-436-2651. For more information, click here.
- In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health in New Lenox is offering digital screening mammograms for just $100 to women who call in before Oct. 31 to make an appointment before Nov. 30. The $100 screening mammogram includes the radiologist fee. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed. Mention "Special Mammogram" when calling (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment with a doctor’s order. Don’t have a doctor? Call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org for a free referral.
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.