Breast Cancer Awareness
Various Events Supporting the Search for a Breast Cancer Cure Will Hit the City Throughout October
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 23:10
It’s October, which means Boston, as well as the entire nation, will drape itself in pink for 31 days as it celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over the course of the month, the city’s bars, shopping centers, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, gyms, spas, and museums will rally around the cause and offer events and deals geared toward benefiting breast cancer victims and research, and simultaneously advocating awareness and prevention.
This past Saturday, the fashion students of Lasell College and Framingham State University participated in the “Design Wars” at the Burlington Mall—a fashion show in which breast cancer survivors modeled pink clothes designed by students of the two schools—and judges selected designs to be sold in the clothing line of the Ellie Fund. The Ellie Fund, a nonprofit organization that fights breast cancer by easing its effects on its victims and their families, donates all proceeds from the line to benefit victims of the disease.
On Monday, American novelist Alice Hoffman hosted an event, “Evening With Your Favorite Authors,” at Mount Auburn Hospital. Attendees had the opportunity to meet several renowned authors,—including Ann Hood, Ann Leary, Elinor Lipman, Jodi Picoult, Gregory Maguire, and Lee Woodruff—and hear their stories about ways in which breast cancer has touched their lives. All proceeds from the event went to the Hoffman Breast Center, the women’s care center within the Mount Auburn Hospital that provides a full range of screening and diagnostic procedures for women.
The Hard Rock Cafe is sponsoring its annual Concert to Conquer on Oct. 11, which will feature performances by Harrelson Sills Live and Bobby McGrath & Brothers. The concert is part of the restaurant’s “Pinktober” celebration, which is sponsored by lead singer of Paramore Hayley Williams, who will also appear in Boston Nov. 15. Tickets for Friday’s concert on Clinton Street in Boston are $10, and all proceeds go directly to the Ellie Fund. Those at the event can compete to win prizes and buy cocktails as well as “Pinktober” merchandise, the proceeds of which will all go toward the Ellie Fund.
For those Boston-area brides-to-be, Le Meridien in Cambridgwe will be hosting an event called “Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale,” in which hundreds of new and used, discounted and donated, designer and couture wedding dresses will be sold at anywhere from $99-$3,900, with two million dollars of the money made going toward people affected by breast cancer. Brides Against Breast Cancer even provides a layaway option if a wedding is farther in the future. A portion of the money will be donated toward programs offered to victims and their families at no cost: children’s programs, support groups, and exercise and nutrition classes. The rest will go toward family camps for families dealing with cancer, Cancer Education Series, and Ask the Doctor. The VIP sale will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 and costs $35 for the bride and one guest (each additional guest costs $20), and the general admission sale opens up for business on the following day and costs $7.
The athletically inclined—or those who simply love to dance—can show their support for their cause by attending the Third Annual DanceFIT Party in Pink Zumba for a Cure Event on Oct. 16 at the gym’s studio in Brookline. Women and men are encouraged to dress in pink and to participate in zumba, salsa, and merengue classes organized by DanceFIT and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer and taught by local instructors. A portion of the proceeds will go toward research for the cure, and those interested can go to the DanceFIT website to register.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the month of October every year by illuminating its building with pink lights in order to raise awareness for breast cancer, but this year it will also feature a special “Think Pink” exhibit which will delve into the history and meaning behind the color pink, including its association with baby girls and significance for breast cancer awareness. The display will also feature pieces created by Evelyn Lauder, the woman responsible for choosing pink as the color associated with the disease. While the exhibit will be available all month, Michelle Finamore, the MFA’s curator of fashion arts, will give a one-hour talk on the exhibit on Oct. 17.
In the interest of advocating for prevention, the Anna Jacques Hospital is offering an event they are calling “Pamper You Pink!” This will give women over 40 who have never had a mammogram or who haven’t had one in three years or more the chance to be rewarded for getting screened. Just for coming in to get checked, these women get complimentary massages, refreshments, and chocolates. The “Pamper You Pink!” services will be available at Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport Oct. 17 and 19, and at Amesbury Health Center in Amesbury on Oct. 18.