Tickled pink. Pretty in pink. In the pink.
Pink is good. It’s the color of birthday cake frosting, little girls’ dresses, newborn piglets and that hilarious panther. It’s also the color of breast cancer awareness ribbons.
While Breastcancer.org says 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point, that figure is dropping. The organization said the incidence of breast cancer had been growing for 20 years, but in 2000, that number started to fall.
One of the best ways to keep that number dropping and help fight breast cancer is to do self-checks.
Cancers caught early are more easily treatable. Thus, every ad, every event, every story and every ribbon contribute to decreasing the spread of this potentially fatal disease. The more aware everyone is of the danger, the better their chances of avoiding it.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Consider donning your pink T-shirt and participating in one of the activities listed below.
- The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 18. Participants meet at the Tidal Basin. The opening ceremony starts at 9:15 a.m. and the walk follows at 10. Sponsors stress this is not a race and everyone walks together, stopping whenever necessary. You don’t have to complete the walk to participate. For faster check-in, register ahead online.
- The same organization is partnering with Odyssey Cruises for a Go Pink Brunch Cruise from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Wear pink, drink pink mimosas and hear inspiring stories from breast cancer survivors. Tickets are $69.99, and $12 from each ticket will go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
- A Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will be held in Alexandria on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Oakland Baptist Church, 3408 King St. Registration will be open during the pep rally starting at 8:30 a.m. The 3-mile walk starts at 9 a.m.
- 2for2 Boobs, a nonprofit dedicated to providing breast cancer awareness, is hosting Line Dance for a Cause from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Glenarden Community Center 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden, Maryland. This fun event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Come learn from top area line dance instructors. Get inspired by listening to the stories of doctors and breast cancer survivors — celebrate life! Raffles and silent auction.