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Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Events in McHenry County

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

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 McHenry County and beyond:

Check out the Shooters 4 Hooters Pool Tournament and Art Auction on October 6 hosted by the Crystal Lake Jaycees. The event at Main Street Billiards Cafe in Algonquin will raise money for breast cancer research and awareness and will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society. For more information click here.

On October 14 the Richmond Spring Grove Chamber Women's Networking Group the will host a Paws for a Cause Community Dog Walk to benefit the Centegra Gavers Breast Center in Crystal Lake and their Breast Care Fund. The event will be held at the Horse Fair Park in Spring Grove. Find out how to participate or become a sponsor here.

The Care4Breast Cancer 5K Race and Walk is planned for October 21 at Woodstock North High School. The event will provide breast cancer care to the women of McHenry County through the Family Health Partnership Clinic in Woodstock. Click here to join or donate to the cause.

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.

Joan Oligmueller Miller October 03, 2012 at 04:40 PM
My husband and I will both be participating in American Cancer Society's "Making Strides" event on October 20th from Montrose Harbor in Chicago. We will be walking with the "Illinois Ladies" team which is a team organized by my fellow beast cancer survivors' support group. Anyone is welcome to join our team and/or support our team with a donation.
Doug Pierce October 03, 2012 at 05:16 PM
The Prairie Ridge Hockey Club will be holding its Breast Cancer Awareness game and fundraiser at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal lake, starting at 6:30PM on October 20th
Stephanie Price October 03, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Awesome!
Janet Marie Rabig October 06, 2012 at 11:42 AM
My salon, Scissor Happy Hair Studio, is hosting a week long cut-a-thon where $10 from each cut done next week (Monday through Saturday) will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through a partnership with Sexy Hair Corp. I also have Pink Hair for Hope hair extensions, ribbons, tinsel, feathers, crystals and color rub available for your donation! Call Janet at 224-241-5426 because appointments are requested!

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