Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Events in the Lehigh Valley

From walks to Zumba, here's how you can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause.


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 in the Lehigh Valley to go pink:

Friday, Oct. 12, 3 to 7 p.m. -  Josh Early Candies Women's 5K Classic Health Expo: Health screenings, refreshments, shopping, giveaways. Annual Women's 5K Classic race participants can also pick up race-day packets. St. Luke's West End Medical Center, 501 Cetronia Road, South Whitehall. www.womens5kclassic.org

Saturday, Oct. 13 -- Annual Women's 5K Classic Race: Festivities begin at 9 a.m., with parade of champions at 9:15 a.m.; 10K at Run/walk at 9:40 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk at 9:47 a.m.; 5K Competitive Week, 9:54 a.m.; Walk in the Park, 10 a.m. Lehigh Parkway, Allentown. www.womens5kclassic.org

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. - 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Lehigh Valley: This downtown Bethlehem fundraising walk kicks off from Spring and Main streets. Registration check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register, view the Lehigh Valley event on the American Cancer Society's Making Strides event page.

Oct. 12, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Party in Pink Zumbathons. Proceeds go to Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Forks Township Community Center, 500 Zucksville Road, Forks Township. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Party in Pink Zumbathons are also being held at other locations throughout the Lehigh Valley. Find an event.

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.

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.


LKLEX October 07, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Despite all the attention paid to -- and resources devoted to -- breast cancer, cancer, in general, is primarily a men's disease. In fact, male Pennsylvanians suffer from a staggeringly higher (49% higher) age-adjusted cancer mortality rate compared to female Pennsylvanians. So, what was done last month, September, in the Lehigh Valley in observance of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month?
Moe Szyslak October 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Let's be honest, is ANYONE not aware of breast cancer? It has displaced AIDS as the most politically correct sickness to support. If you don't wear a pink article of clothing, or participate in a tit-walk, you obviously hate women. I wonder what kind of guilt-trip had to be laid down to make an entire league of football players wear pink crap. Was it the NFL commissioners wife. "honey, if you don't make them wear pink for breast can-cer, access to my breasts will be can-celled"! it is such a horrid disease, because it affects women. Male cancers just don't rise to the occasion.
Chantal Snyder November 04, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I think you all are ridiculous to even post something so stupid!!!! I support ALL CANCER SURVIVORS. But what you are posting sounds like you are just a bunch of whiny, crying baby boys. Men can get breast cancer too, it just so happens that women happen to get it more. Not to mention that we have to deal with cervical cancer too. So while you men are complaining about who and what gets cancer, think about what is going right now for the month of November. Yeah, a nation wide "no shave" November is to support prostate cancer. Look it up, google that. And, guess what boys??? NFL ball players are supporting that too. Please stop whining.


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