October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and whether you love to shop, attend events, walk or run, there are tons of different ways to support the cause. Check out the list below of opportunities in the Lehigh Valley to go pink:
Friday, Oct. 12, 3 to 7 p.m. - Josh Early Candies Women's 5K Classic Health Expo: Health screenings, refreshments, shopping, giveaways. Annual Women's 5K Classic race participants can also pick up race-day packets. St. Luke's West End Medical Center, 501 Cetronia Road, South Whitehall. www.womens5kclassic.org
Saturday, Oct. 13 -- Annual Women's 5K Classic Race: Festivities begin at 9 a.m., with parade of champions at 9:15 a.m.; 10K at Run/walk at 9:40 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk at 9:47 a.m.; 5K Competitive Week, 9:54 a.m.; Walk in the Park, 10 a.m. Lehigh Parkway, Allentown. www.womens5kclassic.org
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. - 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Lehigh Valley: This downtown Bethlehem fundraising walk kicks off from Spring and Main streets. Registration check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register, view the Lehigh Valley event on the American Cancer Society's Making Strides event page.
Oct. 12, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Party in Pink Zumbathons. Proceeds go to Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Forks Township Community Center, 500 Zucksville Road, Forks Township. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Party in Pink Zumbathons are also being held at other locations throughout the Lehigh Valley. Find an event.
There are even more ways to spread breast cancer awareness this month by supporting national organizations that are fighting for a cure.
Research centers like Susan G. Komen for the Cure are selling pink ribbon merchandise and it’s a twofer — retail therapy and donating to a cause that affects millions.
You can also support breast cancer research by affixing a special stamp to your mail. The U.S. Postal Service has been selling a stamp commemorating breast cancer awareness for the past 15 years. The agency has raised $75 million so far for research programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
TELL US: Is there a special event you participate in to support breast cancer research? Share your stories and thoughts with us by adding them to the comments sections of this article. Also, be sure to add photos of you and your friends supporting the cause to the photo gallery above.