Every October, we see shades of red, orange and yellow on the leaves. They’re eye-popping and gorgeous, sure, but pink stands out above all the rest. Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a sobering reminder that about 1 in 8 women (12 percent) in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime and 40,290 women will die each year from the disease, according to cancer.org. It’s a time to learn what preventative measures you can take, remember those who died from the disease and celebrate those who are in remission. There are a slew of ways to do that right here on Long Island.
Power of Pink
Purchase a piece from Fortunoff’s “Power of Pink” line, a collection of jewelry with pink diamonds and gold, and 20 percent of proceeds will go towards breast cancer research.
Where & When: All month long, fortunoffjewelry.com
Artists United Against Breast Cancer: Victors of Survival
Get inspired by artistic expressions of personal transformations in the wake of a crisis. 25% of all artwork sales plus all other proceeds will go to The Fortunato Breast Health Center at John T. Mather Hospital.
When & Where: Saturday, Oct. 3, 4-7pm at Port Jefferson Village Center, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Dowling College
Hit the pavement for a 5k walk to benefit breast cancer research, patient services and advocacy.
When & Where: Sunday, Oct. 4, registration opens at 7am at Dowling College Brookhaven Campus, 1300 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley
Information: Donations accepted, website
A Deeper Understanding: Risks for Developing Breast Cancer and Steps to Help Prevent It
Learn about the current information on screening, prevention measures and risk factors for breast cancer.
When & Where: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6pm at Holiday in Express, 3131 Nesconset Highway (Route 347), Centereach
Lunch and Learn: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Nurse Practitioner Anna Silverberg, MSN, ANP-BC, from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital, will speak about the great strides that have been made in early diagnosis and treatment and the importance of breast self-exams, screening mammograms and a healthy lifestyle.
When & Where: Friday, Oct. 9, 12pm at Westhampton Free Library, 6 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-288-3335
Breast Cancer Celebration of Survivorship
Frances M. Visco, JD, a founder and president of National Breast Cancer Coalition, will be the keynote speaker at the 35th annual celebration. There will be raffles and light refreshments.
When & Where: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6pm at Adelphi University’s Ruth S. Harley University Ballroom in Garden City
Information: Free, website
Pink Chair & Luncheon Fashion Show
Bond together to help underserved women get screened for breast cancer and battle the disease with support and dignity.
When & Where: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11:30am-2:30pm at Marsh’s, 270 Main St., Huntington
Information: $175 and up, tickets
American Cancer Society Making Strides of Long Island
Help finish the fight against breast cancer by raising funds for and walking in the largest Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk in the country at Jones Beach.
When & Where: Sunday, Oct. 18, 8-11am at Jones Beach State Park Field 5
Women’s Cancers: The Hereditary Connection
Discover how your family history may impact your risk for developing breast and ovarian cancers.
When & Where: Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30pm at Brookhaven Town Hall (Auditorium), One Independence Hill, Farmingville
Healthy Forks and Fitness for Life
Find how nutrition and exercise can help lessen your chance of developing cancer and improve your overall well being.
When & Where: Thursday, Oct. 22, 10:30am at Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 East Main St., Patchogue
22nd Annual Walk for Beauty
Choose between a 4K Color Splash, 4K/6K Walk and a 10K “Hercules on the Harbor” timed run sanctioned by USA Track & Field. Proceeds go directly to a targeted research fund at Stony Brook Medicine for breast cancer research and the Ward-Melville Heritage Organization’s Unique Boutique for prosthesis and wigs.
When & Where: Sunday, Oct. 25, registration begins at 8:30am at the Stony Brook Village Center at 111 Main St., Stony Brook
Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer 5K
A pre-race raffle followed by a run/walk to raise funds for the cure.
When & Where: Sunday, Oct. 25 at 9:30am, Mary Jane Davies Park, Manhasset
The Latest Treatment Options for Patients with Breast Cancer
Stony Brook Medicine physician discuss the latest treatment and surgical advances in breast cancer. A buffet dinner will be served prior to the presentation.
When & Where: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6-9pm at Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center Lobby, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook
Information: 631-444-4000 or website