Cultivate It: Pink Ribbons–The Symbol Behind the Cause

By: Tiffani Haynes

Pink ribbons will decorate the country next month. October will mark the 25th annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will be activities, fundraisers, seminars and more occurring in virtually every city in America to celebrate the special month.

 Breast cancer claims many lives each year and the best chances for survival are in early detection, treatment and support. While detection involves self-examination and annual mammograms for women over 40, treatment and support isn’t as simple.

 There are support groups and treatment centers around the country that require funding and assistance to provide the vital help that they give to breast cancer patients, survivors and family members.

 So this year, vow to get involved in helping to raise awareness and money for research, treatment and a host of other essential things that women really need.

Check out these activities, find one in your area and participate. Your contribution, no matter how small, is monumental. So do it. Someone’s life may depend on it.

 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure:

Houston, Texas

October 3, 2009

It’s a 5K run/fitness walk that raises money through donations and pledges.


Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

Multiple cites and dates

During this 3-day event you’ll walk 60 miles and help to raise millions of dollars.

San Francisco October 2-4
Washington, D.C. October 9-11
Philadelphia October 16-18
Atlanta October 23-25
Tampa Bay October 30-November 1
Dallas November 6-8
Arizona November 13-15
San Diego November 20-22         

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Passionately Pink for the Cure

Multiple cities and dates

This program allows those with a busy schedule to support the cause with monetary donations.


Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer

October 3, 2009 and October 4, 2009

Atlanta, Georgia

This 2 day walk was founded by two Atlanta natives who are also breast cancer survivors.


Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

October 10, 2009 and October 11, 2009

New York, New York

You will join thousands of supports to walk 39 miles and raise money for those under medically-insured.


Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

Multiple cities and dates

The 60 mile walk occurs over 3 days and raises money for breast cancer awareness:

Washington, D.C.-October 9, 2009-October 11, 2009

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-October 16, 2009-October 18, 2009

Atlanta, Georgia-October 23, 2009-October 25, 2009

Tampa Bay, Florida-October 30, 2009-November 1, 2009

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas-November 6, 2009-November 8, 2009

Phoenix, Arizona-November 13, 2009-November 15, 2009

San Diego, California-November 20, 2009-November 22, 2009


**National Mammography Day is October 16, 2009. Radiologists offer free or discounts for mammogram screening**

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