The statistics are sobering: At least one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
The American Cancer Society estimates that, in Alabama, 4,120 women will learn they have breast cancer in 2020. In comparison, 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men nationwide, but the diagnoses are equally devastating.
People may join the cause to help bring an end to the disease by supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA). Here are some great ways to increase awareness and help find life-saving treatments that assist Alabamians.
Burnette Farms Market and Café
Get your fill of homemade, pink vanilla ice cream from Burnette Farms throughout the month. Proceeds support the BCRFA.
The Four Course Sessions
Every Thursday this month, join Thrivent, brick & tin and the BCRFA for the inaugural Four Course Sessions. On Thrivent Thursdays, enjoy good food and great company while virtually learning about wise giving strategies during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Attend one session or all four – the option is yours.
Pink Up The Pace 2020
The third-annual Pink Up The Pace event, presented by Vulcan Materials, is going virtual. Join the BCRFA to raise funds and awareness for local, life-saving breast cancer research by running in October. Runners can compete for the fastest 5K time or take part in the collaborative distance challenge, connecting runners across the state to reach 4,120 miles to represent the 4,120 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Alabama this year. The event also features a youth 1-mile run, scooter race and bike race.
Go pink with Cahaba Brewing Company
Throughout October, stop by Cahaba Brewing Company for a delicious DD’s cherry hibiscus sour drink. A percentage of proceeds benefits the BCRFA. The brewery will host a Boston butt sale, with proceeds supporting local breast cancer research.
Standard Heating & Air $5 for $5 campaign
Standard Heating & Air will donate $5 to the BCRFA for every service call completed in October. During the campaign, Alabamians are encouraged to match the $5 pledge to transform each service call into $10 of donations. Visit here to view the match campaign. Standard Heating & Air will install pink billboards.
Pink Ribbon project
Fire stations across Alabama will Go Pink! to support breast cancer research in Alabama throughout October. More than 20 stations will sell pink ribbon project T-shirts for $15 and $20. Proceeds will help the BCRFA provide seed dollars to secure national grants for breast cancer research at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.
Tameron Automotive breast cancer awareness campaign
For every new car sold by Tameron Honda and Tameron Hyundai in October, Tameron Automotive Group will donate $100 in support of breast cancer research. Each year, Tameron donates more than $25,000 through the partnership.
Renasant Bank fundraising campaign
Renasant Bank branches statewide will hold fundraisers for the BCRFA and accept donations from account holders. Renasant Mortgage will donate $50 for every mortgage it closes in October. The Renasant partnership has raised more than $100,000.
ARC Realty Blue Goes Pink
ARC Realty will donate $25 to the BCRFA for each new property listing during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds support breast cancer research in Alabama.
Stokes Automotive breast cancer awareness campaign
During October, Stokes Automotive in Clanton will donate $100 to the BCRFA for every new car it sells. More than $8,000 was raised in support of research in 2019.
Calera Goes Pink campaign
Join Calera as the town Goes Pink to support breast cancer research in Alabama. The citywide event culminates with the Calera High School football game on Oct. 2 and a golf tournament at Timberline Golf Club on Oct. 11. For details, visit caleragoespink.com.
J. McLaughlin shopping event
On Oct. 8-9, go to the J. McLaughlin location at The Summit in Birmingham, where 15% of each purchase on items sold from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. goes to BCRFA. Light refreshments will be served.
Boot Camp and Blood Drive for breast cancer
On Oct. 10, the Center Point Community Center will host the Boot Camp for Breast Cancer starting at 8 a.m., followed by a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. Take your choice of two 45-minute to 1-hour boot camp sessions. Participants are encouraged to wear pink during the heart-pumping workout. All proceeds from the camp will benefit the BCRFA and breast cancer research. For every pint of blood donated in the drive, $10 goes to the BCRFA.
Calera Elks Lodge
On Oct. 17, the Calera Elks Lodge will host a Pink Ribbon Prom to raise funds for life-saving breast cancer research in Alabama, including crowning a prom king and queen based on fundraising results.
Kendra Scott Shopping Event
Shop online Oct. 22-23 or at the Kendra Scott store at The Summit on Oct. 22 to give back 20% to the BCRFA. In the store, mention you’re there for the BCRFA sale. For an online code, check BCRFA’s Instagram page.
11th Annual Pink Luncheon benefiting BCRFA
On Oct. 23, at MSE Building Co. in Birmingham, make a minimum $25 donation to the BCRFA and enjoy a buffet, fun and prizes. RSVP at 205-833-9010.
Hit CrossFit Chelsea’s Fight Like a Girl
On Oct. 31, head to CrossFit Chelsea to Fight Like a Girl, a two-person, mixed-gender CrossFit team event that will raise funds and awareness for the BCRFA.
About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama supports a comprehensive approach to battling breast cancer through support of collaborative and innovative research to help diagnose, treat, prevent and eradicate the disease. Since its inception in 1996, the BCRFA has raised almost $10 million to fund research at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center and with their collaborative partners. All funds raised stay in Alabama, but the research will have a global, life-saving impact. To learn more, visit www.BCRFA.org.