In a sea of foliage, the color pink often pops the most each October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More than 250,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. An estimated 1 in 8 women (12 percent of the population) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes. These Long Island breast cancer awareness events focus on prevention and finding a cure.
NorthFork Breast Cancer Coalition
What: 19th Annual 5K Walk
Where: Tanger Outlets, Riverhead
When: Sunday, Sept. 24, 7:30am
Why Go: Join the largest breast cancer event on the East End and walk the 80 acre Riverhead Tanger Outlets. Early birds get breakfast, which begins at 7:30am, and a first look at more than 100 prizes from Tanger stores. Go.
Paint Port Pink
What: Paint nights, Panera and Five Guys
Where: Various locations, Port Jefferson Station
When: Various dates and times in October
Why Go: Through John T. Mather Hospital, Paint Port Pink is a monthlong outreach by the Fortunato Breast Health Center (FBHC) at Mather Hospital to raise awareness for breast cancer. On designated dates, portions of purchases at Panera or Five Guys will go to FBHC. Registration fees for designated paint nights at the Comsewogue Public Library or the Muse Paint Bar will also go to FBHC. Go.
Ladies Night Out!
What: Ladies Night Out to benefit breast cancer research at Stony Brook Medicine
Where: The Stony Brook Village Center
When: Thursday, Oct. 12 6-9pm
Why Go: Attend Ladies Night Out with friends to support breast cancer research at Stony Brook Medicine. The event features goodie bags, a grand prize raffle, live music and special cocktails. Go.
Making Strides of Long Island
What: Walk for breast cancer
Where: Jones Beach field 5, Wantagh
When: Sunday, Oct. 15, 7am
Why Go: Join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in a 3 to 5 mile walk. Proceeds will go towards breast cancer research, making this a nice way to support those whose lives have been touched by the disease. Go.
Pink Aid’s Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon
What: Fashion show and luncheon
Where: Mitchells of Huntington
When: Wednesday, Oct. 18
Why Go: New York Fashion Week has nothing on Pink Aid’s fashion show, which supports uninsured and underinsured women undergoing breast cancer testing, treatment and recovery. The Celebration of Life Fashion Show features breast cancer survivors and the people who have supported them through their journey. The event also includes a chic auction and luncheon. Go.
18th Annual Shelter Island Fall 5K Run/Walk
What: 18th Annual Shelter Island Fall 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Breast Health
Where: Crescent Beach, Shelter Island Heights
When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 11am
Why Go: Lace ’em up for a 5K race or walk. Proceeds go directly to patient care via the North Fork Breast Health Coalition, the Coalition for Women’s Breast Health at Southampton Hospital and Lucia’s Angels. The first 500 participants will receive race T-shirts and goodie bags. Everyone is invited to refuel at a post-race BBQ. Go.
Walk for Beauty
What: 4K/6K Walk for Beauty
Where: Stony Brook Village Center
When: Sunday, Oct. 22, 8:30am
Why Go: Spend a fall Sunday walking or running to raise money for breast cancer research. Participants can use the hashtags #makeadifference and #walkforbeauty to share photos across social media. Go.
Bowling for Boobs
What: Bowling for Boobs: A Benefit for West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
Where: AMF Sayville Lanes, Sayville
When: Friday, Oct. 27, 7pm
Why Go: Bowl the night away with friends for a good cause. A $150 donation includes t-shirts, shoe rental and three hours of bowling for ups to five people. The event also features a 50/50, raffle prizes, a Chinese auction, pink pin contests and refreshments. Those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve lanes in advance. Go.
Breast Cancer Summit
What: The 2017 Breast Cancer Summit
Where: The Carlton at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 9am-1pm
Why Go: Join healthcare professionals, advocacy groups and survivors to learn about developments in breast cancer treatment, reconstruction, patient options and resources. The keynote speech will be delivered by Allyn Rose, an American beauty pageant titleholder, model and breast cancer advocate who underwent a double mastectomy at age 24 after losing her mother, grandmother and great aunt to breast cancer. Go.
Go behind the pink ribbon this October as Pulse features survivors and doctors on the frontlines of the fight for a cure.