Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Events in Fairfield County

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

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.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, you can join other crusaders against breast cancer in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The event takes place in Sherwood Island State Park in Westport -- for more information, click here.

The walk is organized nationwide and so far more than 8 million people have walked for this cause and raised about $460 million.

 In addition to the walk, residents will be participating in events throughout Connecticut that support 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.

Or you could attend an inspirational luncheon in Derby, CT to commemorate women who have been working tirelessly to spread breast cancer awareness. Your ticket would help the Griffin Hospital/Valley Breast Care Fund ensure that no one is ever denied a mammogram or diagnostic testing for breast cancer.

There's also the 17th Annual Swim Across the Sound luncheon, hosted by St. Vincent's Medical Center. This year's event takes place on Friday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport. For more information and to buy tickets, visit St. Vincent's website.

If you like to shop, there are several businesses in and around Fairfield hosting charity events or month-long donations from proceeds.

In Fairfield, Chico's will host an event for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Oct. 18 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. The store will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the event to Making Strides.

The online boutique Stella & Dot has a Breast Cancer Awareness Boutique consisting of five items -- 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to the Noreen Fraser Foundation. Visit www.stelladot.com for more details. The boutiques runs through the month of October.

And in Greenwich, the swimwear shop Letarte will donate 20 percent of every "pink" purchase will go to the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. See the attached PDF for details.


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.

Marcia Cote October 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM
On Oct 18, Chico's in Fairfield will be hosting a charity shopping event for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. From 3-7 PM Chico's will donate 10% of sales proceeds to this wonderful organization. Held during Fairfield's Restaurant Week, so stop by and shop for a good cause!
Angela Schlingheyde October 02, 2012 at 12:25 PM
During the month of October, Stella & Dot has a Breast Cancer Awareness Boutique consisting of 5 items. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the Noreen Fraser Foundation. To make the most of this fundraiser, have a trunk show this month and help us raise $$ for this cause! Go to www.stelladot.com/angelaluvssparkle to get more info and contact me directly.
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Thank you Marcia & Angela for the information!
Dalnim Cho October 08, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Targeting the Teachable Moment Intervention for breast cancer survivors Please help researchers and care providers improve healthy behaviors in breast cancer survivors! This is a mail-based intervention for breast cancer survivors, in order to promote their healthy behaviors. You will be assigned one of groups: Targeted Teachable Moment (TTMI), Standardized Lifestyle Intervention (SLM), and Usual Care (UC). If you are assigned to the TTMI or SLM group, you will receive materials every other week for 4 months. You will complete questionnaires at the end of the 4 months, and 3 months later for a follow-up. To compensate your time, all participants will receive $60 after completing 4 and 7 month assessments. You can participate if: * Can read and write English * First diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 1.5 years * Recently completed treatment for stage 0~2 breast cancer * Want to improve health behaviors * Are not participating in other health behavior research right now * Did not have prior adjuvant treatment for another cancer To participate, please contact Dr. Park, 860-486-3520 This research study is conducted by the University of Connecticut and Hartford Hospital, supported by the National Cancer Institute. This study was approved by the Hartford Hospital IRB: Protocol number HHPARK003382


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