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. I add to these pages often during September and October, so check back for updates.
The Breast of Scottsdale will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Herb Box Southbridge, 7134 E. Stetson Dr. at Southbridge in Scottsdale. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Arizona Institute for Breast Health, a local nonprofit organization focused on offering options before decisions to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Small bites, samples of seasonal pink-themed cocktails, pink pastries hand-made by The Herb Box artisans, photography, gift raffles, music and additional surprises. All guests are encouraged to think pink with their attire, and prizes will be awarded to the pinkest party-goers of the evening. Tickets are $25 each and available now online. This is a 21+ only event.
The Empowerone Breast Cancer Awareness Run/Walk offers several opportunities for participants to benefit Arizona breast cancer fighters and their families on Saturday, September 21, 2013. $40 to Run/Walk 10K; $30 to Run/Walk 5K; $25 to Walk 1 Mile. You must register by Sept. 19. Location: Phoenix Zoo. All day zoo pass for each registrant. Awards and recognition for Largest Team, Highest Team Donation, Most Unique Team, Highest Corporate Sponsorship, Highest Individual Donation Raised, Top Ten Finishers in each event.
On Monday, September 30, 2013 Del Frisco's Grille in Phoenix will partner with Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona® at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Course for the First Annual DFG Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament. Attendees will compete for prizes and enjoy a complimentary 19th Hole celebratory dinner at Del Frisco's Grille at The Camelback Esplanade, 2425 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. Tickets to this 144-player tournament are available for $125 by calling the restaurant at 602-466-2890.
Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale will donate 100% of the proceeds of their Pink Ribbon Cupcakes on October 1, 2013 to The Entertainment Industry Foundation's Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project. Pink Ribbon cupcakes are offered on this day only. Just look for the strawberry cupcake adorned with pink sugar ribbon. Valley residents can pick up their Pink Ribbon cupcakes at the Scottsdale location from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. To order call 480-970-4321.
Part of Phoenix Fashion Week, the Fashionably Pink Celebrity Fashion Show will take place on October 1, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Domus Phoenix, 4445 N. 36th Street, a luxury residential community in Phoenix. Each fashion week designer will design one outfit inspired by the color PINK for the runway, to be worn by celebrities and breast cancer survivors. This event benefits local breast cancer charities throughout Phoenix.
DFG's Feed The Cure Kickoff Party takes place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Del Frisco's Grille in Phoenix located at 2425 E. Camelback Road. Enjoy a live musical performance by local favorite Elvis Before Noon. Enter to win raffles and door prizes. Throughout the month of October, $1 will be donated directly to Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona® for each signature VIP cocktail (Hawaiian Sweet Pineapple-Infused Svedka Clementine Vodka) ordered.
On Sunday, October 6, 2013 you can participate in City of Hope Walk For Hope. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Zoo. 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. No pets allowed. Registered participants will receive re-entry into The Phoenix Zoo following the Walk. This event sells out; event day registration will not be available.
On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. The Downtown Mesa Association and other local organizations will hold a "Cancer is Not Bigger Than Me!" Party at the Big Pink Chair on Main Street in Downtown Mesa. The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure is the next day and racers are encouraged to come out with their teams and take team photos. The event at the Big Pink Chair will include raffles, give-a-ways, music, discounted mammograms provided by Mountain Vista Medical Clinic, a free Yoga Class provided by Floating Lotus and professional photo shoots in the Big Pink Chair by Ivan Martinez. All proceeds will go to breast cancer research. "Breast Cancer is Not Bigger Than Me!" pins are available for a donation. For the month of October, those wearing the pin will get 10% off at many Downtown businesses.
On Sunday, October 13, 2013 the Komen Race For The Cure consists of a 1 mile Run/Walk, the 5K Run for Breast Cancer Survivors, the 5K Run, the 5K Walk, Kids for the Cure® and Sleep In for the Cure®! 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 online now through Race Day, beginning 6 a.m. Proceeds from the Komen Race for the Cure® help fund life-saving education, screening and treatment programs in central and northern Arizona as well as international research. Of every dollar donated, 75% percent stays in Central and Northern Arizona and 25% goes to the award-winning international Susan G. Komen Research Grant Program.
On October 26, 2013, the American Cancer Society will host an event at Tempe Beach Park. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk of between three and five miles 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 at 7:30 a.m.
On November 9, 2013 the Color Me Rad Phoenix is a 5K that takes place at Goodyear Ballpark. A portion of the proceeds benefits The Breast Cancer Society. Runners are blasted with color bombs every five minutes. The Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow start flying at 9 am with waves of runners getting plastered with paint every 5 minutes after. The earlier you register, the cheaper. Kids seven and under race for free with paying adult, but won't get t-shirt, race bib or sunglasses.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.