There’s nothing funny about cancer. But you have to admire the creative, sassy, “let’s-have-some-fun—while-we-fight” attitude that pervades much of the fundraising and awareness efforts on behalf of breast cancer research. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and each year I continue to be amazed by the imaginative, upbeat ways people devise to boost our involvement. Here are a few of my current favorites.
Pink Jams! is a DC area non-profit promoting early detection and breast cancer awareness. They combine an important early detection message with fashion, art, social events, and live music, targeted towards men and women under the age of 40. Pink Jams! works with local breast cancer organizations, young survivors and their families, media, and medical professionals to eradicate the misconception that breast cancer screening should not begin ‘til age 40. This year’s Pink Rocks the Runway will take place on October 21 at the International Trade Center Atrium, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The event, in support of Pink Jams! and their initiatives will feature Project Runway star Christian Siriano showcasing his spring collection and breast cancer survivor models rocking the runway to the sounds of Pink Jams! Ticket information is on the Pink Rocks the Runway and Pink Jams! websites.
During October, many retailers donate all or a portion of their proceeds on selected items to breast cancer research. A great site to check out is She Knows Breast Cancer, which features 101 Ways to Shop Pink. Pink wedding dresses – now that’s clever!
I love giving and receiving delicious, healthy Edible Arrangements. This month, the better-than-flowers delivery service is donating 10% of sales on their Think Pink Dipped Strawberries, Breast Cancer Awareness Bouquet and other special arrangements. Details are on their website.
Combine education and retail therapy at the Second Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event at The Medical Spa at Nova, October 19, 5:30-8pm. The Northern Virginia event, co-sponsored by WD Designs Awareness Jewelry, will benefit Tigerlily Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating, supporting, and empowering young women – ages 15 – 40 – before, during, and after the diagnosis of breast cancer.
Also benefitting the Tigerlily Foundation will be the Pink Party DC 2011, October 23, from 11am-2pm at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia. There will be appetizers, mimosas, pink drinks, a fashion show, makeovers, a breast cancer awareness presentation, image consultations, boutiques and live music. Visit the website for details.