October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Here on the Suncoast
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which can bring out a host of emotions in many people. The pink ribbons that are worn in various forms bring out memories of those lost, raise funds for additional research, and give a month to this terrible disease that will impact one in eight women during their lifetime. This year alone, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Chances are, you know at least one person who has been personally affected by breast cancer.
You yourself may be impacted by this disease or know someone who will fight this disease; research has made the statistics for survival brighter in that caught in its earliest, localized stages, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Advances in early detection and treatment methods have significantly increased breast cancer survival rates in recent years, and there are currently over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. It is vital to ensure even more research to eradicate this disease, and October helps in educating people on the disease and methods in which they can help.
Suncoast Breast Cancer Awareness
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – This annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society returns to NBP, bringing thousands of supporters for a 5K walk around the park and related ceremonies and activities. Learn more and sign up today!
Sarasota Cars & Coffee – Saturday, October 14, from 8-10 am to see hundreds of the area’s finest exotic, sports, import, and classic cars while enjoying live music, complimentary coffee from Mademoiselle Paris and Chick-fil-A, and water from Suncoast Porsche. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event will benefit the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
Toasted Yolk – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Toasted Yolk is hosting its Cups for the Cure fundraiser featuring a special pink mug available for purchase. Starting Oct. 1, the popular brunch brand will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen for every limited-edition pink mug sold. The 3,000 limited-edition mugs will be available in-store at all locations while supplies last.
If you have been impacted by this disease – we are sorry, and we wish you a speedy recovery and lots of support in your fight. If you know someone who has struggled with this disease, help educate others about what can be done to help others with breast cancer. For those of us able to walk, spread the message with other agencies or raise funds – let’s get out and ensure that those doing vital work have all of us backing them in big ways in October (and year-round).
In the coming years, we can all hope that the efforts to educate, research, and work to eradicate this disease will be successful, and soon, breast cancer will be no more!
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