According to BreastCancer.org, "About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime." and, "In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S...." More than 90 percent of breast cancer patients survive when cancer is detected in early stages and treatment is begun promptly (Source: cancer.org).
Hopefully someday we won't need a Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The way to work toward a reduction in the incidence of breast cancer is to ensure that every woman knows about it and takes the steps for prevention and early detection.
There are several important events taking place this this time of year in the Phoenix area:
Remedy Pilates and Massage Studio and the Arizona Institute for Breast Health are offering free classes to anyone who purchases a pink light during special “think pink” classes in September for Pink Light District Days. The Arizona Institute for Breast Health is a Scottsdale nonprofit focused on offering women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer a free second opinion on their treatment options. Classes are scheduled:
Sunday, September 23 @ 10 am | Stretch and Stamina
Monday, September 24 @ 12 pm | Pilates Mat Plus
Tuesday, September 25 @ 5:30 pm | Bella Barre
Saturday, September 29 @ 9:15 am | Zumba
The cost to attend is a $25 donation that will be used to sponsor a pink light, which will honor a loved one of the guest’s choosing impacted by breast cancer. These lights will illuminate the Marshall Way Bridge in Scottsdale starting October 4, 2012 and throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Phoenix Mercury and the Breast Assured Foundation will try to set a Guinness World Records for the most mammograms done in eight hours at one location, on Sunday, September 23, 2012 in honor of the Mercury’s annual Rock the Pink event. The mammograms and other festivities will take place before, during and after the team hosts the Seattle Storm. Tip-off is set for noon. Screenings will be held in mobile mammography units from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the plaza at US Airways Center and along First Street between Jefferson and Jackson streets. Participants who are 40 years and older with insurance will receive a free mammogram, while those without will pay a discounted price of $157, regularly priced at $454. Women under the age of 40 can also receive a mammogram if they provide a doctor’s prescription. One free ticket to Sunday’s Mercury/Storm game will be awarded to each individual who participates in the screenings. Additional tickets can be purchased at a discounted price of $20 each. Tickets are valued at $50-$60 each. In honor of the event, the team will wear pink uniforms and declare the game an official “Pink Out.” Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the effort. The Phoenix Mercury will also recognize and celebrate several breast cancer survivors during in-game presentations. To schedule a screening, please call 1-888-233-6121 and mention “Rock the Pink with the Phoenix Mercury.” It is recommended to schedule a screening in advance, but walk–ups are accepted.
On Friday, September 28, 2012 from noon to 2 p.m. join MIX 96.9’s Mathew Blades at Desert Ridge Marketplace for the Bras For A Cause Kickoff Event. Help MIX raise awareness for breast cancer and help women in need by donating your new or gently used bra. Donated bras will be given to Sojourner Center, a shelter for abused women.
Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale will donate 100% of the proceeds of their Pink Ribbon Cupcakes from October 1-4, 2012 to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. Since 2005, Sprinkles has raised over $168,000 for the organization.
On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mesa Arts Center hosts Tutu Tuesday to raise funds for the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research. At 12:30 p.m. a photo will be taken of the largest gathering of pink tutus. Pre-made tutus will be sold for $20. Take a photo for you and your friends in tutus for a $10 minimum donation. Coincidentally, Mesa Contemporary Arts presents an exhibition, Ballerina, photographs by Bob Carey, photographs by photographer Bob Carey wearing his pink tutu in various locations across the world to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Bob Carey is scheduled to appear. Purchase your tutu from the Mesa Arts Center by pre-ordering or purchasing it the day of the event. There are also patterns available on the Mesa Arts Center website to make your own. Patterns and the order form are available online. For more information call 480-644-6567.
On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Phoenix Fashion Week presents The Fashionably Pink Celebrity Fashion Show benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The show will take place at the Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Founder and CEO, Nancy Brinker, will be the evening’s honored guest. The evening will begin with a cocktail party at 7 p.m. featuring a red carpet entrance for photo opportunities, mingling with local tastemakers, live music and a charitable silent auction featuring fabulous vacations to New York City, The Grammys and more. The elegant “Pinked Out” fashion show will begin at 8 p.m., where pink fashions designed by Phoenix Fashion Week’s talented emerging and established designers will be featured on the runway and worn by breast cancer survivors and celebrities. One of the most anticipated looks of the evening is a show stopping pink gown by one of the most exciting designers on the global fashion stage, Dubai-based Furne One, whose creations have been seen on Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Lopez. The doors Open at 6:30 p.m., Silent Auction begins at 7 p.m., Pink Celebrity & Survivor Fashion Show follows. Front Row Runway Tickets (limited): $125/person; General Admission Runway Tickets $75/person. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets can be purchased online.
The Mint in Old Town Scottsdale is hosting their 2nd annual pink party, Pretty in Pink on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The night begins with a warm welcome from the emcee, Lyndsie “J” Lou, host of The Valley Catch, a videography company that promotes local businesses, as well as the upcoming local ABC show, Destination TV. Specialty items at a live auction include a one-of-a-kind pink dress by Ted Baker, a signed basketball by Suns player Channing Frye, and a signed Jared Dudley jersey. All proceeds from these items will directly benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Guests can dance the night away to beats by DJ Knick Knack and sip on pink cocktails. For each specialty pink drink sold, $1 will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Each pink drink sold throughout October will net an additional $1 toward benefiting the Susan G. Komen foundation.
On Sunday, October 7, 2012 you can participate in City of Hope Walk For Hope. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at Salt River Project in Tempe. Park at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium parking lot. The Phoenix Walk for Hope is a 5k Timed Run and Leisure Walk supporting the fight against breast cancer, along with supporting all women’s cancers research and education at City of Hope. The event walk will go through the Phoenix Zoo. Post-Walk: Survivor's Pavilion, music, entertainment, massages, food, exhibitor booths, kids' zone, kids' dash and awards ceremony.
On October 14, 2012 the Komen Race For The Cure consists of a 1 mile Run/Walk, the 5K Run for Breast Cancer Survivor's, the 5K Run and the 5K Walk. All events are non-competitive, but times will be displayed. The race takes participants around downtown Phoenix. Activities will take place at Wesley Bolin Plaza and the Capitol Lawn. Registration begins at 6 a.m. Proceeds from the Komen Race for the Cure® help fund important breast cancer research as well as breast health initiatives on a local level. About 75% percent of net proceeds generated stays in Central and Northern Arizona while the remaining 25% goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Programs.
On October 21, 2012, the "Pink" Market on High Street at CityCenter of CityNorth features live music, trick-or-treating for kids, pumpkin carving demos, DIY costume ideas and the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (AZCAN). In addition to several “pink” activities, cookie decorating and educational booths, the MOM (Mobile On-site Mammography) Van will be on-site for convenient and confidential breast cancer screenings. The Market on High Street runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with even more Arizona-made food products, fresh fruits, local farmers and several ways to support local individuals and families affected by breast cancer.
On Sunday, October 21, 2012 a Cut-A-Thon will take place at Zolton’s Salon & Day Spa. It's a one-day fundraiser event (noon to 5 p.m.) to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Guests will receive a free haircut and blow-dry. All proceeds collected will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The suggested donation is the value of the service, but any amount will be accepted. All proceeds will be given to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to be used for breast cancer education, screenings and treatment programs. Guests will also have the opportunity to enter into a raffle drawing to win salon hair treatments, gift certificates and more. Appointments are recommended. Additionally, every Saturday in October Zolton’s will donate 20% of all retail sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
On October 27, 2012, the American Cancer Society will host an event at Tempe Beach Park. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer. Pledges are dedicated to life-saving American Cancer Society research, education, patient support, and advocacy programs to defeat the disease. The event takes place at Tempe Beach Park. Registration at 7 a.m., walk at 8 a.m.
On Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon you can join Pilates in the Park for Pink event sponsored by Remedy Pilates and Massage Studio. Pilates enthusiasts will raise money for the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation through donations of $10 per person. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Paradise Ramada. Register online using the Workshops tab.
Page 1: Events on Specific Dates in October
Page 2: October Ongoing Breast Cancer Awareness Promotions
Page 3: Events, Promotions and Activities After October
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.