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Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Events in South Brunswick

From galas to walks to shopping, here's how you can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause in your South Brunswick.

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 to go pink in South Brunswick and beyond:

South Brunswick residents can get fit while raising money for a good cause at the upcoming annual "Walk for Diane" event.

The first "Walk for Diane" event was put together in honor of Diane Goodwin, who died in August 2009 after a 16-year battle with breast cancer. Since that time the fundraiser has more than doubled in size and scope as it raised money for The Amy Foundation, which is named after Amy Feiman Behar, of Kendall Park, who died of breast cancer in 2007. Last year, the "Walk for Diane" brought out 270 walkers and volunteers, and helped raise more than $22,500.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, the fourth annual “Walk for Diane” will be held at Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick. The walk also coincides with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The 5K walk begins at 9 a.m. with check-in at 8 a.m. The walk will originate and end in the park at the intersection of Easton Avenue and Huntington Street across from Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

The Walk for Diane registration fee is $15 per person and each registrant is asked to raise at least $70 (half the cost of a screening mammogram) by using the foundation’s online fundraising tool at www.stayclassy.org.

The Amy Foundation provides free screening mammograms to uninsured women. Visit the foundation web site for more information and local resources.

Or could join the two-mile Cure Breast Cancer Foundation walk in Verona, NJ.

There’s also the 5K walk/run organized by the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer in New York. And the PA Breast Cancer Coalition in Pennsylvania has walks and running events almost every Saturday in October.

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.

The American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is organized nationwide and so far more than 8 million people have walked for this cause and raised about $460 million.

And you can join people from four continents in a Race for the Cure event organized by Susan G. Komen For The Cure, or an Avon Walk For Breast Cancer event organized by the Avon Foundation for Women.

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.

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