It’s amazing to think of how far we are into the month of October already, especially with the activity of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are so many things to consider, especially the history of breast cancer and the way it has attacked our community. While there are effects on both the male and female population, there is still so much to be done for both research and treatment, and over the course of every October so many groups, locations, foundations, and more work to raise money for Breast Cancer research, the Susan G Komen Foundation and other charities.
There is even an interesting even here in town coming up later this month called “Rockers for Knockers” at a little bar in Clifton that I am sure most people know of. With some large local and national musicians involved in the night, there is also the benefit of $2 (also referred to as a pair of dollars) donated for every ticket purchased.
Some other national events or recognition include the following:
A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings. In the United States, the National Football League promotes breast cancer awareness by incorporating pink on and off the field, and comic strip artists use pink on one day in October.
The National Race for the Cure
In October 1983 the Race for the Cure was held for the first time in Dallas, Texas, where 800 people participated. According to the organizers, by 2002 the number of participants reached 1.3 million and the event was held in over 100 US cities. The event is also being organized in several other parts of the world.
Breast Cancer Today
There are various two-day-long walks to raise money for breast cancer research institutes. Avon sponsors a 39-mile (60-km) walk. A walk in Atlanta offers varying lengths of up to 30 miles. Canada’s large “Weekend to End Breast Cancer” features a 60-km walk. St. Louis, MO offers a one-day-long breast cancer walk. This walk consists of three miles.
Susan G. Komen 3 Day
This 60-mile fundraising walk, which is spread across 3 days, raises money for breast cancer research. This walk, which benefits Susan G. Komen, occurs in seven cities in the United States.
It’s incredible to see what so many groups across our city, state and nation are willing to do for this (and many other) illnesses and issues over the course of the year. With so many monthly recognized benefits throughout the year there is something to be said for the positive and charitable nature of a country that so often seems to be falling by the wayside.