By Julia Colombo and Claudia Larsen
October is the prime month for apple and pumpkin picking, but it is also the month that highlights breast cancer, the second deadliest cancer in women. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease, an event that occurs once every two minutes. This calls for a need to find a cure and to make early detection a priority. Attend one of these Hudson Valley events happening this October to help raise money for cure research and boost awareness about this women’s health issue.
Manhattanville College, Purchase
October 16, 9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The American Cancer Society holds annual walks around the country not only to promote awareness, but also to raise money and honor those lost to the disease. Anyone interested can register to walk and raise money in teams, with a business/company, or individually. Registration is available online or via phone (800.227.2345, option 2). Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and the 3.6-mile walk kicks off at 9:45 a.m. There will be a ceremony recognizing caregivers and survivors before the walk starts.
Washington Park Parade Grounds, Albany
October 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
If you’re a northern Hudson Valley resident, head to this walk with the American Cancer Society. Beforehand, join activities like Zumba, live music, breast cancer informationals, speeches, and recognition for caregivers and survivors. Registration opens at 10 a.m., and the 2.5k walk steps off at noon.
Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland
October 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For this breast cancer awareness month, New York State senator Sue Serino partners with the Walkway Over the Hudson to host a free event during which participants can connect directly with local organizations offering a myriad of women’s health services. This event takes place on the Highland side of the Hudson River and is sure to be a great event for the community to gather, learn, and support one another.
Herbert H. and Sofia P. Reuner Cancer Support House, Kingston
October 23, 5–7 p.m.
This workshop, sponsored by Westchester Medical Health Network, aims to provide women with tips about cancer screenings and healthy habits and inform them on how to manage breast cancer if it comes their way. RSVP by phone (845.339.2071) or email (email@example.com).
Redl Center for Cancer Care, MidHudson Regional Hospital, Poughkeepsie
October 25 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., October 30, 1-3 p.m.
One of the biggest parts of raising breast cancer awareness is promoting screenings, which is exactly what MidHudson Regional aims to do. For the two dates offered, free breast cancer screenings will be provided to everyone. Registration is required, so call (855.277.4482) to reserve a spot.
Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern
Good Samaritan Hospital offers an entire day of free breast cancer screenings to help raise breast cancer awareness for both insured and uninsured/underinsured women. To schedule an appointment, call ahead (845.368.5816 or 855.277.4482).