October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The city of Boston does its part to hold various events in which people can come together to raise awareness and money to support those who have suffered or who are suffering from the disease. Whether you are a breast cancer patient or a breast cancer survivor, or perhaps you know someone who is, you may want to check out the events held during the month of October.
Making Strides Walk
DCR Hatch Shell
47 David G. Mugar Way
The American Cancer Society will hold its 23rd annual Making Strikes Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 4. With about 40,000 participants each year, the Making Strides walk is a huge success. If you’d like to participate in the event, there are a couple of ways you can do so. If you’d like to volunteer, help setting up for the walk is needed on Oct. 3 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Route monitors are needed on Sunday, as are folks to cheer on walkers and keep them motivated.
If you would like to walk the route (choose a two or a five-mile course), you can register by clicking on the website link above. You can start a team, walk with a friend, or walk and make new friends. If you can’t make it to the event at all that weekend, there is a donation link on the website as well.
Pinktober At Hard Rock Boston
22-24 Clinton St.
Boston, MA 02109
Nearly every year, the Hard Rock Boston holds an event for their annual Pinktober campaign. For the past 15 years, the Hard Rock has been dedicated to helping find a cure for breast cancer. The Boston location usually holds an event to raise money awareness for charity, but the 2015 has yet to be announced. You can check their website and/or call the location to find out if and when this year’s event will be held.
The Ellie Fund
475 Hillside Ave.
Sisters of Song will perform at three different locations from Oct. 2 through Oct. 4, and you can purchase tickets for $20. On Oct. 2, the Sisters of Song will perform an evening of song at the Grace Episcopal Church in Medford at 7:30 p.m. On Oct. 3, there will be a performance at All Saints Episcopal of the North Shore beginning at 4:00 p.m. On Oct. 4, a final performance will be held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn at 4:00 p.m.
Jeff and Eliot Popkin found the Ellie Fund in 1995 in memory of their mom, Ellie Popkin. The Ellie Fund provides support to women who need help while receiving treatment for breast cancer and provides assistance like childcare, rides to medical appointments and help with paying for groceries.
The New England Patriots Pro Shop
1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035
If you would like to show your support for the New England Patriots and for breast cancer awareness, you can visit the Patriots Pro Shop (in person or online), and pick out items that display a pink ribbon along with the team’s logo. No matter which item you purchase from the BCA/NFL line, a portion of the proceeds goes to support the cause.
Perhaps the best and easiest way to raise awareness for breast cancer is to wear the color pink during the month of October. People in and around Boston can check with their employers to see if there will be a designated “wear pink” day, or perhaps you can create one on your own. Adding a pink ribbon to your car is another way to spread the word, and to encourage people to talk about the importance of getting screened. The idea of breast cancer awareness is to support those who have been diagnosed, remember those who fought a hard fight and to encourage people to make an appointment for their annual mammogram. Early detection is very important.
Boston-based writer Effie Orfanides keeps up with all of the latest happenings in her city. She loves eating at Boston’s hotspots, having drinks at the trendiest bars, and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.