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Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Events in the Area

From galas to walks to shopping, here's how you can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause in your area.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and whether you love to shop, attend events, walk or run, there are tons of different ways to support the cause. Check out the list below of opportunities to go pink in your area and beyond:

La Grange Adventist Memorial Hospital will be displaying entries from its Pink Art contest, which features art that brings awareness to breast cancer. Works were created by both children and adults.

Rush Oak Park Hospital is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness event at 9 a.m. Oct. 9. Linda Puleo of the hospital's Breast Center will offer advice on how women can lower their risk of developing breast cancer.

The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation will hold its annual fall benefit luncheon from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Hilton Towers Chicago,
720 South Michigan Avenue. Actress Brooke Shields is this year's keynote speaker.

There are even more ways to spread breast cancer awareness this month by supporting national organizations that are fighting for a cure.

Research centers like Susan G. Komen for the Cure are selling pink ribbon merchandise and it’s a twofer — retail therapy and donating to a cause that affects millions.

You can also support breast cancer research by affixing a special stamp to your mail. The U.S. Postal Service has been selling a stamp commemorating breast cancer awareness for the past 15 years. The agency has raised $75 million so far for research programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.

And you can join people from four continents in a Race for the Cure event organized by Susan G. Komen For The Cure, or an Avon Walk For Breast Cancer event organized by the Avon Foundation for Women.

TELL US: Is there a special event you participate in to support breast cancer research? Share your stories and thoughts with us by adding them to the comments sections of this article. Also, be sure to add photos of you and your friends supporting the cause to the photo gallery above.

lisa October 04, 2012 at 11:13 AM
HELLO.MY NAME IS LISA MITCHELL I AM A BREAST CANCER PATIENT. IM ONLY TEN MONTHS INTO MY TREATMENTS .THE TYPE OF CANCER I HAVE WILL NEVER GO IINTO REMISSION JUST CONTAINED. I JUST WANT LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW THERES HOPE AND TO.KEEP STRIVING FOR A CURE. 1 LOVE...

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