Detroit and surrounding areas are doing their part for awareness in October
Starting Saturday, October 1st is the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is also recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States.
Breast cancer awareness month main purpose is to advocate for women to have a mammogram, the most effective way to save lives is to detect breast cancer at the beginning stages. This month is also to raise awareness of the disease, raising funds for research into the cause of breast cancer, to prevent it, diagnosis, treatment and a cure.
This month also lends support and information for those affected by breast cancer.
In 1985, a partnership was formed with the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries now parts of AstraZeneca the manufacturer of several anti-breast cancer drugs. This lead to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month being born.
The Breast Cancer Research foundation founded in 1993, by Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estee Lauder Companies. It was at that time the now famous pink ribbon had been marked as the symbol for breast cancer it was also not the last time that ribbon would be used for this reason.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation in the fall of 1991, handed out the symbolic pink ribbon to the participants in the race for breast cancer survivors held in New York City.
Since that time the Race for the Cure is not only held in cities across American but in other countries as well. To name a few the United Kingdom has Race for my wife Race for life, Canada has Run for the Cure and Hungry has Avon One Day Walk for Life.
Ride to Empower started in 2008 and raises money for Breast Cancer Network of Strengths program. This destination bike ride has fully supported route lengths ranging from 100 miles to less than 32 miles. The location for the ride changes each year.
By now I am sure most people have heard of Global Illumination arranged by the Estee Lauder Companies. Estee Lauder has arranged for over one dozen landmarks to be illuminated in pink light for the purpose of drawing attention to the importance of mammography screening for early diagnosis along with research to find ways to cure and prevent breast cancer. Some of the landmarks include the Empire State Building, New York, New York, the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and The Angel of Peace in Munich, Germany.
The symbol color of pink during October is seen all over the United States such as employers having a pink day for all employees to wear pink and show their support.
Last year on October 10, cartoonists used the pink ribbon symbol with the words “cartoonists care”.
During this month the National Football League will be advocating for breast cancer awareness month by using pink in its graphics, websites and advertisements. Football players also show their support by the wearing of pink gloves, captain patches and other apparel items during games.
Just about any city you go to during the month of October someone or someplace is raising awareness for breast cancer and the city of Detroit and its surrounding areas are no different when it comes to showing their support.
Some Events in or near Detroit:
14th Annual Mix 92.3 Sista Stut
Registration at 8 am
Walk 10 am
For more details see mix923.fm.com
Village Herb Breast Cancer Fundraiser
October 1st 10 am to 3 pm
Greenfield Village Farmers Market
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Stop by the associations table and by your “pink” items including herbal heat bags, rose bath powder and wreaths.
Proceeds of sale to benefit breast cancer research Karmanos Cancer Institute
Pinktober at Hard Rock Café Detroit
There is a live band every Thursday and those proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Hard Rock Café
Detroit Red Wings Breast Cancer Awareness Night
Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Friday October 21 7:30 pm
Joe Louis Arena
600 Civic Center Drive
Evening of fun activities which includes silent auction, 50/50 raffle and sale of pink hats.
Funds from this event will benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Weisberg treatment center in Farmington Hills, Michigan as well as the Liggett Breast Center in Grosse Pointe Woods.
For more events click on Karmanos Events.