October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month thousands of people all over the country will come together to help raise funds to prevent cancer and help eliminate this deadly disease. The following activities are all wonderful ways to engage and teach every generation about being a part of positive social change.
Pink Lemonade, Pink Ribbons and Pink Cupcakes Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser
Hours: Saturday, Oct. 13; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Families that would like to participate in raising funds for Breast Cancer Awareness but are hesitant to enter a walk-a-thon are welcome to volunteer at this North Hollywood neighborhood event, which is hosted by the Los Angeles Radio Show, Butterscotch Toffee Models and community activists. Youth and adults both may contribute cups, pink lemonade, pink cupcakes and pink ribbons. This is going to be a fun event to mingle with music industry leaders, meet community members, talk with models, and chat with artists and poets. Tim Jackson’s Art will be on display and on sale to raise funds for event. Black Tree Couture will be in attendance, and LolaU Creations is contributing some of her delicious mini, fresh-strawberry cupcakes to this event.
Get Fit! Fight Cancer! At The Strand on Manhattan Beach
Price: $125 per person for three workout sessions in October
Hours: Monday to Friday by appointment only in October; appointment requiredXavier Cooley, a personal fitness trainer who is also a son of a breast cancer survivor, is raising cancer awareness by offering family members of all ages an opportunity to get fit together. Individuals or groups may train with him at the Strand on Manhattan Beach Monday to Friday at any scheduled time. He will discuss work-out techniques and healthy meal choices. The Get Fit! Fight Cancer Package includes a certificate of appreciation and a Get Fit! Fight Cancer T-shirt. Proceeds will be donated to fight breast cancer.
American Book Drive benefiting the Los Angeles County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Hours: drop sites open 24/7/pick up service is by appointment only.Here is another simple way to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Children, parents and even entire schools may work together and collect used or new books, CDs and DVDs. They then give them to the American Book Drive for Los Angeles, which in turn sells them and uses proceeds to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The entire process makes it super easy to be an activist without ever leaving the comfort of your home. Families may either drop off books at a local book drop center or schedule an appointment for the American Book Drive to collect them. American Book Drive will pick up items from designated address for free if there is a minimum of 100 donations.
2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Los Angeles
Los Angeles Southwest College
Hours: Saturday, Oct. 20 – 8 a.m.The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk-a-thon is an ideal event to build bonds with family members. Your entire unit may team up in efforts to raise funds for a worthy cause. Friends, colleagues and families may join a team, start a team or walk as individual. This event truly is a way to teach compassion, spend quality time together and encourage the community. Plus the camaraderie at these walks and hearing survivor’s stories is an experience you will never forget. If you prefer not to walk, volunteer opportunities are available as well.
Pretty in Pink Princess Party
Pamper & Play
2279 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Price: $35 child/$50 one child and guest (moms are free) 10 percent of the ticket proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Awareness.
Hours: Sunday, Oct. 14 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pretty in Pink Princess Party at Pamper & Play is a wonderful way to spend time with loved ones for a cup of tea, a pink ribbon craft and some dessert. Not only is it quality time spent with family, but it is teaching the entire family about breast cancer awareness and charity. To top it off, a Sleeping Beauty princess is hosting the event. Mothers, grandmothers, daughters and friends may relax and receive a mini manicure. There is even a petting parlor, but unique from most petting zoos these animals are stuffed so everyone can get a good snuggle in. Families get a swag bag to take home as well.
Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.