The month of October is quickly approaching, and with that comes Breast Cancer Awareness month. Since 1985, the month of October is breast cancer has been celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness month.
It is a great way to bring millions of people together in order to raise awareness of this devastating illness that touches the lives of so many. In the month of October, more so than any other time of the year, breast health charities work hard to educate people on the importance of screening and early detection, as well as to raise the necessary funds for vital research, treatment, and cures that can save lives. Patients, survivors, and so many others join forces during a time when everyone needs it most.
Across the U.S., the number of events seems to grow with every passing October. The Portland-Vancouver metroplex is no exception. In the Portland-Vancouver area, the events that take place during Breast Cancer Awareness month are nothing short of spectacular as so many provide the support that is needed. It almost seems as if the events get bigger and better with each year, and that is exactly what we are expecting for 2020. We need to keep in mind the guidelines that have been put in place due to the current COVID-19 pandemic that we are experiencing, remembering that social distancing and the use of face coverings will be required. Despite the difficult times, patients, survivors, friends, and family members can take the opportunity to show their support for breast cancer. Here are some of the events that will be taking place this year.
Whether you are a breast cancer patient or survivor, or an individual who has been indirectly touched by this disease, there are many ways you can show your support for this important cause.
In 2020, the area is hosting walks, a survivor social event, and even a pedicure game. Here are just some of the events happening this October.
7 Events Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness in the Portland-Vancouver Area
1. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Social Event
August 13, 2020
This is a night of networking and raising awareness where you will meet and hear from community members and enjoy complimentary appetizers, participate in games and prizes, and much more. There will also be a photo booth and a silent auction, not to mention the opportunity to register for the upcoming Making Strides Walk.
2. Pedicuring the Cancer Patient
October 31, 2020
A pedicure is not only a way to look great, but it can also do wonders for the self-esteem and well-being of a breast cancer patient. During this event, you'll learn the importance of performing a proper pedicure on those diagnosed with the illness, as well as how cancer can affect the feet. Come see how the best methods can go a long way in helping a patient heal at their best and provide a lovely treat for those who need it most.
3. Revive - A Long-Term Survivor's Retreat
October 23-25, 2020
An event for survivors who are currently at three or more years post-treatment, this unique retreat will address the concerns of the long-term survivor as a way to provide the support and understanding needed. There will be in-depth discussions as survivors share their stories and experiences as a way to positively affect the lives of others. Attendees can share what is needed to help fellow survivors along the way.
4. Girlfriends Run for a Cure
October 11, 2020
At the Girlfriends Run for a Cure, you'll find a number of post-event activities, including brunch, a massage, chiropractic treatment, and more. Featuring a half-marathon, 10K, and 6K courses, you'll take in some of the most breathtaking scenery that Vancouver has to offer as you move toward the finish line, where the "Path of Hope" will guide you to the end of the race, and where you are cheered on by the many who are rooting just for you.
5. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
October 11, 2020
This highly anticipated fundraiser is an annual event where thousands of people get together to fight the illness and strive to find a cure. Funds raised are used for much-needed research and patient services. Recruit family and friends as you come together to make a difference. Plenty of sponsors make the walk and the related activities possible. Don't forget to stop by the designated survivor area, where you can share your own story and hear those of plenty of others.
6. Revive — A Couple's Retreat
October 30 - November 1, 2020
For patients and survivors as well as their spouses and partners, this event focuses on the importance of moving forward after diagnosis and treatment. Post-cancer life can be difficult and confusing, and no one should have to go through it alone. Now, you don't have to, as you embark upon this amazing experience. Couples can learn the necessary steps to take in order to move in the right direction and also hear from other couples who have had the same experience.
7. Metastatic Breast Cancer Dinner Series
October 20, 2020
The latest in symptom management, research, and treatment will be discussed during this wonderful dinner held for those living with stage IV or metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers. Presentations are live-streamed, and research will be talked about in-depth to help everyone gain a further understanding of the topic. Attendees will hear a speech from a medical professional as they network with others and share details of their own journey during this wonderful event.
Other Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Year-Round
Share your Story
The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. encourages survivors or their families to share their experience on the NCBF website. The organization will spotlight survivors’ stories on its social media channels in October and beyond.
Share Breast Cancer Educational Material
If you’re active on social media, use your status updates, tweets, and Instagram posts to share facts and statistics about breast cancer, invite friends to join you at breast cancer awareness events you plan to attend, and encourage everyone to be diligent about following their doctors’ recommendations regarding mammograms.
Some educational sources to share:
Comprehensive and Compassionate Breast Cancer Treatment
At Compass Oncology, we have an outstanding team of physicians and supportive care providers that provide compassionate, individualized care. Our skilled cancer specialists provide comprehensive breast cancer treatments, along with support services and genetic testing. Search for a location near you to make an appointment with a Portland-area breast specialist.
Originally published September 2018. Updated August 2020.