Area events raise breast cancer awareness


Published: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.

GAINESVILLE EVENTS

Tuesday

Breast Cancer Symposium: Shands Cancer Hospital at the University of Florida will host the event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served, followed by a seminar featuring presentations and a panel discussion on the latest advances in clinical treatment of breast cancer, survivorship and treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Free and open to the pubic. RSVP to 273-5718.

Wednesday

Paint a Pink Pumpkin: UF&Shands host a Pink Pumpkin Painting Party at the Shands Hospital Founder's Gallery from 1 to 3 p.m. Arts in Medicine artists will facilitate the painting party for patients and their families, along with faculty, staff and students. Artists also will deliver pink pumpkins to patient rooms and to room-bound patients to decorate.

Friday

Dinner fundraiser: The Micanopy Masonic Lodge in downtown Micanopy will host a fundraising dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. to support the UF&Shands Oncology Nurse Navigator Program. Dinner selections are salmon or braised pork loin, spinach fettucine alfredo, mixed vegetables, garden salad and garlic bread. Meal tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance by contacting Lindy Brounley at 273-8013 or brounley@ufl.edu.

Saturday

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: The annual walk begins at 8 a.m. at Northeast Park, 400 NE 16th Ave. Don walking shoes and pink bras for the annual American Cancer Society walk. UF&Shands teams will receive a “UF&Shands: Thinking Pink Everyday of the Year” T-shirt, and the first 200 people to stop by the UF&Shands booth before the walk can pick up a hot pink UF&Shands grocery tote. To join a UF&Shands breast walk team, or to start your own, visit www.makingstrides.acsevents.org.

Saturday

UF&Shands Pink Pumpkin Fest and Pedal-Off: The UF&Shands Pink Pumpkin Fest begins at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Archer Road and Gale Lemerand Drive when cyclists take off in the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off charity ride. At 10 a.m., the festival begins with the second annual Pink Pumpkin Painting Party, a bounce house for youths and a Pee Wee Pink Pumpkin Bicycle Parade with prizes for children 12 and younger who decorate their bikes for breast cancer awareness. A pavilion will be staffed with health care professionals providing free screenings and counseling. For the bicycle ride, the fundraiser benefits triple negative breast cancer research. Participants can choose a 20-, 40- or 55-mile route as they tour the University of Florida campus and are encouraged to wear a pink ribbon to honor a loved one affected by breast cancer. The registration fee includes a Dri-Fit shirt and lunch. Register online at http://www.active.com/cycling/gainesville-fl/pink-pumpkin-pedal-off-2012. To participate without riding, visit www.mylifestylewellness.com. To learn more about the festival and reserve a pink pumpkin, visit http://cancer.ufl.edu/administration/events/pink-pumpkins-rule/

Oct. 18

Girl Talk: A discussion about breast cancer and reconstruction, presented by Dr. Jason Rosenberg, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Florida Regional Medical Center. Food will be served. To register for the free program, call 800-611-6913.

OCALA EVENTS

Today, Oct. 7

All About You Angels: Twelve breast cancer survivor/models featured in a specialty “All About You Angels” calendar will meet the public and sign the calendars from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala. Proceeds from calendar sales benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event will include food and drinks provided by local restaurants, and vendors sharing information. For more information, call 236-2599.

Saturday

Discussion: Saint Paul AME Church will observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a “What we need to know” discussion at 10 a.m. at 718 NW Seventh St., Ocala. The speaker is Dr. Pamela Lewin. For more information, call 622-8921.

Oct. 19

Scrapbooking benefit: A scrapbooking event to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer begins at 6 p.m. at the Marion County Extension Service Auditorium, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala. $5. Food available for $5. To learn more, call 732-5982.

Oct. 20

CF 5K benefit: The College of Central Florida Student Activities Board will host its third annual 5K benefit run beginning at 7 a.m. at 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. This year's celebrity chairperson is Hunter from WIND-FM. The cost is $20 prior to Oct. 17, $25 after that date. Proceeds support breast cancer research. To register or for more information, call 854-2322, ext. 1578, or email mcgeem@cf.edu.

Nov. 3

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: The annual walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Silver Springs Nature Park, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For details, call 629-4727 or email diana.schwartz@cancer.org.

Through Oct. 31

“Standing Up to Breast Cancer:” The Advanced Imaging Center is offering digital mammograms at $179 and pink flamingo lawn ornaments for $10 as part of its second campaign to raise awareness and promote the importance of early detection. Flamingos are available at Ocala Regional Medical Center, West Marion Community Hospital, Ocala Health System's Senior Wellness Community Center and Advanced Imaging Center locations, while supplies last. Flamingo sale proceeds will be donated to Michelle-O-Gram, a local organization that provides funding for mammograms for patients who cannot afford them. For more information, visit www.OcalaHealthSystem.com/ai.

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