Every October, men and women of all ages, from different walks of life, sport pink ribbons in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chances are, they know someone who has battled this devastating illness. The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 227,000 women will develop invasive breast cancer this year and of those, 40,000 will die. To help bolster awareness and raise money for cancer research, organizations and companies that operate throughout Orange County have found ways to bring families together to run, walk, stomp and eat their way to a cure. These are the best ways to get your family involved in breast cancer prevention, awareness and finding a cure.

5th Annual Stomp Out Breast Cancer
Strawberry Farms Golf Club
11 Strawberry Farm Road
Irvine, CA 92612
(714) 915-3101

Price: $75 per ticket
Hours: Oct. 7 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Be Aware Foundation is hosting its fifth-annual wine tasting, auction and grape stomp this year to raise funds for its breast cancer education programs. For $75, guests may spend an afternoon on the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine and enjoy fine California wines, food and the much-anticipated grape-stomp competition. The event raises money to promote early breast cancer detection.

2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Orange County
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(800) 227-2345

Price: free
Hours: Oct. 7 – 8 a.m.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are organized nationwide by the American Cancer Society and have been bringing communities together for 20 years to raise money for cancer research, information and services, and to provide women with access to mammograms. Walkers in Orange County may take a step to end breast cancer or just make a donation to the cause.

Pink Ribbon Cupcakes for Breast Cancer Research
Sprinkles Cupcakes

944 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-0003

Dates: Oct. 1 to Oct. 7

During the week of Oct. 1, indulge in some delectable Sprinkles cupcakes and help fund research for the early detection of breast cancer. Proceeds from the purchase of this strawberry cupcake with a pink sugar ribbon will be donated to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

Cars for Breast Cancer
(800) 211-1510

October is a great time to consider donating a vehicle in the name of breast cancer research. Cars for Breast Cancer benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to providing funding for breast cancer prevention and research for a cure. Car donors may submit a form online or call a live operator seven days a week. More than 90 cents of every dollar donated to the Foundation goes toward breast cancer research and awareness programs.

Pink Flamingo Flocking Campaign
The YWCA of North Orange County

215 E. Commonwealth Ave., Suite F
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-4488

Price: $40 per flocking

Pink plastic flamingos are again invading the lawns of homes and businesses around North Orange County beginning this October. The local YWCA is bringing back its Flock Against Breast Cancer Campaign to raise awareness and much-needed funds for its early breast cancer screening program. Residents may fill out a form and submit a donation online and send the pink flamingo flock to visit a business or friend in the community. The flock moves daily and will migrate through the end of November.

Related: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.