October is breast cancer awareness month; find a fun event to show your support [Fitness and health]

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As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It's time to "think pink" throughout Louisville.  If you are looking for where to go, what to do, and what to buy to benefit various breast cancer organizations, look no further.  This list should provide you with a good idea of some things to do this month that will honor all of the women (1 in 8 Women) who have been affected with the disease.  

The month kicked off in Crescent Hill with the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop on September 24.  The theme for the evening was Drink Your Pink, during which various shops donated a portion of their sales to cancer organizations such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American Cancer Society and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. In an ongoing effort to show support, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9th) has sponsored the No. 9 Pink Out, which will light up Frankfort Avenue in the color pink throughout the month of October. 


Throughout the city, other opportunities abound through the remainder of the month.  Check them out below:

Fundraisers:
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
www.komenlouisville.org
Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 9:00 am (walkers begin at 9:15 am)
Start or join a team and run in this 5k race, which begins at waterfront park.  

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCFY11Mid-South?pg=entry&fr_id=28129
Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Dream Pink
Friday, October 8, 2010
Zirmed Gateway Tower Skyloft (838 W. Market Street)
Former UK basketball player, Mark Krebs will be speaking and signing his new book, Beyond a Dream.  Tickets are $45.00 and include a copy of the book, cocktails, appetizers, and entertainment.  Event benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  

Concerts/Happy Hours/Events:
Eastern High School Football Pink Out
Friday, October 8, 2010
Join Eastern High School in raising awareness by supporting high school athletics and wearing pink to their home game.  

Watch NFL Football
Throughout the month, you can stay at home and watch NFL football games and support their breast cancer awareness efforts.  All National Football League uniforms will incorporate bright pink throughout the month including gloves and shoes.  Added support will come from their line of breast cancer awareness merchandise, available at www.nflshop.com.  

Maker's Mark 6 Year Anniversary Party
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Maker's Mark Lounge (446 S.4th Street)
www.makerslounge.com
Maker's Mark Lounge, in conjunction with Five Rivers Wine, will roll out the pink carpet for their sixth anniversary.  All proceeds from the celebration will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  

Sully's Saloon Pink Party
Friday, October 22, 2010, 9:00 - 11:00 pm
Sully's Saloon (434 S. 4th Street)
www.sullyssaloon.com
Sully's Saloon will offer $3.00 cosmos and sell raffle tickets for many great prizes to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Pinktober
Friday, October 22, 2010, 7:00 pm
Hard Rock Cafe Louisville (424 S. 4th Street)
www.hardrock.com
Hard Rock Cafe presents Switchfoot, Angel Taylor, Christina Perri, Alex Band, and Crystal Bowersox.  Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will benefit the Louisville chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  In addition, the Hard Rock Cafe releases limited addition merchandise whose sales will benefit the fight against breast cancer, so make sure to stop by anytime throughout the month and check out the pink gear.  

Shopping:
Komen for the Cure store at Oxmoor Center
Check out all the pink merchandise you could imagine (and then some!) at the temporary location in Oxmoor Center.  Located on the mezzanine level, you can find apparel, home accesories, and jewelry among other items in support of the fight against breast cancer.  

Swarovski store at Oxmoor Center
www.swarovski.com
Through October 31, Swarovski will feature their special Breast Cancer Awareness Collection.  10% of all proceeds will benefit the Libby Rees Breast Cancer Foundation.  


Brighton Collectibles at Oxmoor Center
www.brighton.com
Brighton introduced their $50 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet on October 1 and 2.  It will be available through October 31, and $10 of its sales benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

Pandora at the Mall St. Matthews
www.pandora.net
Through October 31, Pandora will debut new pink bracelets in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

Wacoal Fit for the Cure
www.wacoal-america.com
Women can find their perfect fit with professional bra fittings at various locations throughout the month.  For every woman that is professionally fitted at these events, Wacoal will donate $2.00 to Komen for the Cure in addition to $2.00 donated for every Wacoal bra or shapewear item purchased.  Fitting dates are as followed (the fitting at Macy's at Oxmoor Center has already passed):

  • Thursday, October 21 at Dillard's, Jefferson Mall
  • Friday, October 22 at Dillard's, Greentree Mall
  • Saturday, October 23 at Dillard's Mall St. Matthews

Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer
Throughout the month, pink Louisville Slugger Bats are available for personalization through their website, www.louisvilleslugger.com or at the Slugger Museum (800 W. Main Street).  For every pink bat purchased, $10 will benefit Major League Baseball's breast cancer charity initiatives.

Louisville Stoneware and the National Garden Club 2nd Annual Birdhouse
Through their "Plant it Pink" initiative, Louisville Stoneware has released their second annual birdhouse, the "Komen Cottage Birdhouse" for sale to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The birdhouse is available online at www.louisvillestoneware.com.  

Nanz and Kraft
www.nanzandkraft.com
Various Area Locations
When ordering, be sure to select Susan G. Komen for the Cure when selecting a floral arrangement, and Nanz and Kraft will make a $2 donation.

Dining:
Take advantage of Cuisine for the Cure on Friday, October 8, 2010.  A portion of the sales from participating restaurants will benefit the Louisville chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Participating restaurants are as follows:
Buckhead Mountain Grill, www.eatatbuckheads.com
Cafe Lou Lou (both St. Matthews and Highlands locations), www.cafeloulou.com
California Pizza Kitchen, www.cpk.com
Rocky's Sub Pub, www.eatatrockys.com
Volare, www.volare-restaurant.com

Do you know of any other events?  If so, post them in the comments section!  Let's all get out and show our support for finding a cure! 

 

PS - it must be said, if you are a woman over 40, make sure you are getting your annual mammogram. Please spread the word!

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