October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths in women. There are many organizations dedicated to the education, advocacy, support and research which may one day eradicate the deadly disease. Volunteer opportunities are available to assist in the various initiatives toward a common goal. In the Baltimore area, there are several activities or events available to encourage people to do something or learn more about breast cancer.
The Tyanna Foundation
Power Plant Live!
34 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21286
Saturday, Oct. 17
Five sisters joined forces to pay tribute to the legacy of their mother, who died from breast cancer. From this endeavor was birthed The Tyanna Foundation whose mission is to celebrate life, survivors and the victims of breast cancer. The Tyanna Foundation started in Athens, GA and has spread to Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, New Jersey and Greenville, SC. The Foundation will host Breastfest, its signature fundraising event, at downtown Baltimore’s Power Plant Live! The event will be held October 17, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tickets include food, drinks, games, raffles, a silent auction and live bands.
Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure
200 E. Joppa Road, Suite 407
Towson, MD 21286
Sunday, Oct. 25
The Susan G. Komen Foundation is perhaps one of the most widely known organizations in its fight against cancer. Komen provides education, awareness and support as it strives to heighten knowledge of breast cancer. Susan G. Komen hosts an annual race, called “Race for the Cure,” to heighten breast cancer awareness. This year, the race will take place Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Hunt Valley Executive Plaza, beginning at 8 am.
Donate Or Volunteer With American Cancer Society
8219 Town Center Drive
The American Cancer Society is committed to educating the public about the issues associated with cancer. They provide information on staying healthy while living with cancer as well as services for both patients and caregivers. The ACS, according to its website, “also has programs and services to help you manage cancer treatment and recovery and find the emotional support you need. And best of all, our help is free.” The American Cancer Society encourages people to become active in the fight against cancer by making monthly tax-deductible contributions to its cause, by volunteering and/or participating in its various events to heighten awareness about cancer. This year, The ACS is partnering with Lee Jeans through Denim Day, a fundraising event where people can wear jeans to work for a day with a $5 donation to breast cancer research.
Anne Arundel Medical Center
2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Anne Arundel Diagnostics, located near Baltimore, offers 3D mammography imaging which allows technicians to view the breast layer by layer at various angles. This is one of several locations in the Maryland area which offers all-digital mammography imaging in an effort to fight breast cancer. Women are encouraged to have an annual mammogram, in an effort to identify the early signs of breast cancer and act accordingly.
Paint It Pink With American Breast Cancer Foundation
10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 480
Columbia, MD 21044
The American Breast Cancer Foundation offers various programs aimed at providing education and cancer prevention to underprivileged, uninsured and under-served populations. The foundation has a Paint It Pink campaign in which people are encouraged to paint something pink, take a picture of it and post it to the ABCF’s Facebook page or Instagram with the hashtag #paintitpink4abcf. Then they are asked to make a donation in order to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.