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October brings opportunity to support breast cancer awareness

By Marlana Ward
Freelance Writer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the cooler weather that accompanies the autumn month makes it a popular time for fundraising events to benefit the different awareness organizations in the region.Whether the event is a physical challenge or a fun, girls-night-out, bringing families and supporters together with the mission of furthering breast cancer awareness is a goal that affects many each year.

Leading into Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Tri-Cities will be hosting the “Little Pink Dress Party” on September 29. This event is a celebration held for survivors featuring music, refreshments, and a silent auction. The party will be held at The Gallery Event Center on Spring Street in Johnson City. It is free for survivors to attend and guests are welcome to join for $20.

On Saturday, October 13, the American Cancer Society will be hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Walk and Run at Caldwell Community College in Hudson, NC. Registration for the 5K is $25, and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Individuals who are unable to participate in the race are invited to support the cause as a “phantom runner” and can receive the race-themed shirt.

In Elizabethton, TN, the Train Dirty Fitness Breast Cancer Fundraiser will be taking place on Tuesday, October 16 beginning at 6 pm. The event will be held at the Anytime Fitness Center near Ingles, and for $5, supporters can join a fun class with some surprises. “Participating in this event will give the participants 90 minutes of fun and community,” expressed Instructor Crystal Honeycutt.

“We will dance, laugh, and burn mega calories.”
Honeycutt sees the personal side of these events with one of the ladies on her team having experienced breast cancer first hand. “Not only have many of my community within Train Dirty Fitness fought breast cancer, but one of my TDF team members is a breast cancer survivor,” she explained. “She plays such a vital role in the success of TDF as a company, my local classes, and the events with TDF. I can’t imagine not doing my part to show her and the other women how loved they are.”

It is the outpouring of support as a community that Honeycutt sees as a major reason why participation is important. “The impact we make is to show all those suffering or have suffered from breast cancer that she is not alone. We stand with every sister, so she feels the strength of the community.”

The Tri-Cities Making Strides team has another fun evening out planned for October 19 at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough, TN. Going from 6 to 9 pm, this fundraiser offers four rounds of musical bingo and hors-d’oeuvres for $40 per guest going to benefit the American Cancer Society. Rounding out the October Events, the East Tennessee State University Student Nurses’ Association will be hosting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 28 at Founders Park in Johnson City. Registration begins at 1 pm, and the race is set to start at 3 pm.

“Dollars raised by Making Strides supporters help the American Cancer Society ensure no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast cancer research; promoting education and risk reduction; and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most,” stated Community Development Manager Holly Booker in a release on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

It is estimated that over 250,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year according to the American Cancer Society. As each year more families and acquaintances are affected, the outpouring of support from communities through fundraising events such as this help bring a message of support to those who are going through a difficult journey and their loved ones.