Susan G. Komen South Florida’s event calendar is bursting with activities this October in celebration of National Breast Cancer Month. Supporters and survivors will have a variety of opportunities to take part in events from Delray to Stuart to raise awareness and funds for the cause that affects one in eight women.
The Race for the Cure Team Captain Pep Rally breakfast will be Oct. 13 at iHeart Media in West Palm Beach. Runners can build their teams for the 27th annual Race for the Cure, which takes place on Jan. 27, 2018, and to support Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the nation’s 40,000 breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026.
The Gardens Mall Shop & Share event will be Oct. 21, whereby you can shop all day at participating stores. Participants can present mall receipts to the information desk, and the Gardens Mall will donate five percent of total sales back to Susan G. Komen South Florida.
On Oct. 26,,Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach and downtown Stuart will each host the first “Downtowns Go Pink” in support of Komen South Florida and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Restaurants and stores all along each major downtown street will become destination hot spots by offering special discounts and items with proceeds helping to raise funds for local life-saving breast cancer programs and research to find a cure.
The “Shades of Pink,” exhibit by photographer Michiko Kurisu, featuring the personal journeys of nine local African-American women, will be on display during the month of October at The Spady Museum in Delray Beach. The exhibit is a joint project among Susan G. Komen South Florida, the West Palm Beach Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and The Spady Museum to raise awareness of the 41 percent higher mortality rates of African American women vs. their Caucasian counterparts and the higher rate of triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease. The museum is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.
“Breast cancer touches everyone, which is why we wanted to give every part of our community an opportunity to take part in National Breast Cancer Month,” said Kate Watt, executive director of Komen South Florida. “If we’re going to reach the goal of cutting breast cancer deaths in half in the next nine years, we need to come together united in this fight.”
Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised during National Breast Cancer Month will fund breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment for those in need in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties, and twenty-five percent will support critical research, impacting breast cancer patients locally, and around the world. Since its establishment in 1991, Komen South Florida has invested over $14.3 million in local life-saving services.