Every year, October is recognized as breast cancer awareness month not just to raise money for those affected and in need, but also to commend survivors and the strength of women throughout their battles with breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, aside from skin cancers, as one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Throughout this October, many events will be and have been held in Atlanta regarding breast cancer awareness. This year marked the 20th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Atlanta walk at SunTrust Park. As stated in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), this event, held on Oct. 7, was hosted by the American Cancer Society as a noncompetitive, two-mile walk to raise awareness for breast cancer. The walk will be hosted again on Nov. 10 at Kennesaw State University’s Third Fifth Bank Stadium for those who could not attend. Friends and family gather to walk wearing extravagant pink outfits (the color designated to breast cancer awareness month) as a way to show either their survival or support.
Other events throughout October include Spirit Girls’ Night Out at Town Center at Cobb held on Oct. 18, Uniting DeKalb for a Cure 5K Walk/Run on Oct. 20 (which helped to provide at least 80 uninsured women of Dekalb with mammograms), Save a Breast Karaoke Fest on Oct. 12 at Olde Town Lawrenceville. There is a silent auction in which all proceeds benefit breast cancer patients of the Lawrenceville community. There are many more events that unite Georgia communities under a common cause and benefit breast cancer patients around the state.
One event that arises later in the month of October in which Pace students could potentially attend includes the Westside Love Charity Golf Tournament on Oct. 31 held in Atlanta, Georgia at TopGolf. A portion of the proceeds will go to breast cancer and other cancer survivors. This tournament is not only a great way to raise money for breast cancer, but it is also a great way to get involved within the community and get active.
Within the Pace community, breast cancer awareness has also been prominent this October, as seen through the pink-out theme for the homecoming football game on Oct. 1. Pace students that attended the game were dressed head to toe in pink accessories and homecoming shirts to show their school spirit and support the breast cancer survivors.