National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was started as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and AstraZeneca as a way to promote awareness of early detection of breast cancer. Since then it has become a month of involvement and awareness with many breast cancer organizations participating and many showing their support by wearing pink. The symbolic pink ribbon has become an icon that is seen in many places throughout the month. If you would like to support some great organizations for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some ways you can get involved in Pittsburgh
Fit for Families 5k Run And Walk
2200 Tanger Blvd.
Washington, PA 15301
Sunday, Oct. 4
If you are looking for a way to raise awareness with your family while getting fit, the Fit For Families 5k run and walk is a great way to do it. Hosted by Tanger Outlets, this 5k race will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 8 a.m. The first 800 people to register will receive a T-shirt, as well as discounts and goodies. This will be the 7th year that Tanger Outlets has held this race to raise awareness of fitness as a way to help prevent cancer.
Komen Pittsburgh 2015 Paws For The Cure Dog Walk
200 Hartwood Acres
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Sunday, Oct. 4
If you love dogs and also want to raise awareness for breast cancer, the Komen Pittsburgh Paws For The Cure dog walk is the event for you. The dog walk will be held at Hartwood Acres in the concert area. The event will be held Sunday Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. The first 750 people to register will receive a cute T-shirt showing their support of the cause. You can sign up for the walk, set up a fundraising page, sponsor a participant or make a donation on the event website.
PA Breast Cancer Coalition Traveling Photo Exhibit
AJ Palumbo Hall of Science & Technology
3333 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Among the program events that the PA Breast Cancer Coalition is facilitating is the traveling photo exhibit which will be in Pittsburgh just in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The exhibit features 67 women from all 67 Pennsylvania Counties who have struggled with breast cancer. The message of the exhibit is to practice early detection of breast cancer. There will be a kick off event on Friday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. and the exhibit will run through Oct. 26. Visit the website to RSVP for the kickoff party.
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The Pittsburgh Fan
206 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
If you prefer to show your support in a subtle way, the Steeler’s wordmark T-shirt available at the Pittsburgh Fan can help. This shirt from Nike is a perfect way to show your support of National Breast Cancer month while also cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers. It features pink trim and the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon logo and is 100 percent cotton. The shirt is available in sizes small, medium and large for $27.95.
The Crush Charity Fashion Show
Father Ryan Arts Center
420 Chartiers Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
Saturday, Oct. 17
Each year, The Crush Charity Fashion Show benefits a different charity. This year’s chosen charity is the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. The fashion show will be held on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The event features clothing by the best local designers as well as live local music and local models. Casting calls for models and music happens over the summer. You can follow along with the event’s progress and get more information on The Crush Charity Fashion Show Facebook page.
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