Though orange and black are the colors traditionally associated with October, several local and national organizations are hoping to get you thinking about a different color this month: pink.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while it’s a scary topic to talk about, it’s a necessary one. One in eight women U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives, according to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
This month, please consider joining the discussion and/or donating time or funds to organizations working to aid those affected by breast cancer. While this is by no means a complete list, we’ve collected a few of the area’s largest charities and goings-on throughout this month.
The American Cancer Society holds an annual charity walk, this year at Manhattanville College in the town of Purchase. It’s a fun, healthy way to get involved and raise money for treatment and support services through the ACS.
The Westchester branch of Gilda’s Club, the cancer support community founded in memory of legendary comedian Gilda Radner, will hold its own fundraiser at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt. If you’re looking to raise money for a more local charity, this is a terrific option as its services directly benefit patients, family, and friends affected by cancer, entirely free of charge. These services include everything from support groups to lectures and information sessions, even social gatherings and family events.
Another local non-profit group, Support Connection is based out of Yorktown Heights but they offer online and telephone services across the county. The primary mission of the group is to provide an emotional and social support network for those dealing with breast and ovarian cancer, including friends and loved ones of those diagnosed. Peer counseling, information resources, a lending library, and social/networking events are also made available. Weekly classes include Yoga for Women with Cancer at Club Fit in Jefferson Valley, canasta, knitting circle, and even a book club.
Another local group, this one provides helpful services throughout the Hudson Valley like financial assistance, peer counseling, grants and scholarships, and even complimentary medical treatments. Check their calendar for a full list of upcoming fundraisers and events, with plenty more being added regularly.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Junior League of Central Westchester will host a roundtable discussion at their Wayside Cottage in Scarsdale. The panel will feature White Plains Hospital physicians Dr. Caren Greenstein (radiology), Dr. Sunny Mitchell (breast surgeon), Dr. Randy Stevens (radiation oncology), and doctors Julie Monroe and Sara Sadan (medical oncology). The panel will focus on the facts and common myths surrounding breast cancer and its treatment, as well as new techniques in the fight against the disease.
All month long, shoppers at participating Simon-branded shopping centers (like The Westchester in White Plains) will join with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in various fundraising initiatives. Shoppers will once again be able to buy $5 or $10 discount cards, which earn them 15% or 25% one item of their choice at participating mall retailers. Guests can also donate $1 to add a name to the More Than Pink Hero Wall, and join the official Simon Mall Race for the Cure Team at www.raceforthecure.org/simon.
All month long the SIA Gallery in Peekskill, in conjunction with the New York Arts Exchange and SISTAAH: Survivors Inspiring Sisters Through Art and Advocacy for Health, will host this exhibition detailing the personal, social, and medical spaces held by breasts, both in their presence and absence. Fifteen artists, 14 of them female, will jointly display works of sculpture, painting, photography, origami, and mixed media. The exhibit is free to the public, a portion of the proceeds from any sales of the works will go directly to SISTAAH, which provides cancer-specific education in primarily underserved communities.
1 South Division St., Peekskill
Opens: Saturday, October 7, 3–6 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Fri-Sun 12–5 p.m.
Closing performance and panel: Sunday, October 29, 3–5 p.m.