Panel with cancer experts
Three of the world's leading researchers, surgeons and breast cancer experts will give a free community presentation and expert panel discussion on the latest in breast cancer research, prevention and therapy. The M.D. Anderson Banner Cancer Center event will be 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa hotel at U.S. 60 and Alma School Road in Mesa.
The panel discussion will include surgical options for early-stage breast cancer, the latest updates on risk factors, genetics and prevention, and cutting-edge treatment, therapies and options for survival.
Panel members are Dr. Marjorie Green (preoperative chemotherapy expert), Dr. Banu Arun (genetics, prevention expert), and Dr. Kimberly Hunt (surgical and therapeutic expert).
The M.D. Anderson Banner Cancer Center is scheduled to open in Gilbert in 2011.
Information: (602) 230-2273 or www.bannerhealth.com, keyword MD Anderson.
Pink support from Cards, youth league
With help from the Arizona Cardinals, the Gilbert Youth Football League will support breast cancer awareness month during football games in October. Coaches will have T-shirts supplied by the Cardinals, and a few of the teams have ordered pink wristbands to show their support. Coaches are encouraging parents to wear pink and will take donations for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund.
Flag football games are at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Higley High School's practice field, off Recker Road between Pecos and Williams Field roads in Gilbert. Tackle games are at 8 a.m. Saturdays in Higley High's stadium.
Make wine, contribute to cause
Studio Vino, a Tempe winery where customers can create and bottle their own wine, is donating $50 for each batch of custom wine made this month to the Phoenix affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
The winery is also selling $25 raffle tickets, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Raffle prizes will be awarded during Wine for the Cure event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7, at Studio Vino, 1825 E. Guadalupe Road, Suite 105, Tempe. The event will have wine tastings, food and Arizona State University jazz musicians.
Last year, Studio Vino raised just under $1,000. The goal this year is to raise $2,000.
Information: (480) 897-1800 or www.studiovino.com.
Cancer society 5K walk
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, will be Nov. 7 at Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.
To sign up, visit www.cancer.org.
Valley musician is race chairwoman
Chandler resident Stephanie Foxx, a mother of two and lead singer of Valley cover band Rock Lobster, will serve as the honorary race chairwoman at today's 17th annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure in downtown Phoenix. She will also sing the national anthem at the race.
Foxx, who is also the drummer for local band Shirley's Temple, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and is currently undergoing treatment.
Several of her grandmother's sisters were diagnosed with breast cancer, and Foxx's small but malignant tumor was revealed during her first mammogram. Genetic testing revealed she was not carrying the breast cancer gene, making early detection key in her case.
"I take every opportunity I can to educate others about the importance of early detection and getting annual mammograms - especially if there's a history of breast cancer in your family," she said.
Foxx's friends and band mates have established a race team in her honor, and friends and fans are invited to join the team. Their goal is to raise $1,000.
Complimentary bra fitting
Receive a complimentary bra fitting while helping to find a cure for breast cancer, and sign up for a monthly self breast exam reminder at local stores selling Wacoal bras. Wacoal has surpassed $2 million in donations over the past 10 years to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
For every woman who participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt'd bra purchased at these events.
The local Fit for the Cure events will be held at four stores. Macy's will host an event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Arrowhead Towne Center, 7800 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale. Dillard's will host an event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at Arrowhead Towne Center.
Dillard's will host another event from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Desert Sky Mall, 7621 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix.
Dillard's will host the final event from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Chandler Fashion Center, 3101 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.
Singing competition aids fight
Five local high schools are hosting a singing competition, with the winners from each competing against each other in a December finale.
The schools are raising money for local breast cancer patients.
Desert Ridge High School in Mesa will host their competition at 7 p.m. Oct. 22, Combs High School in San Tan Valley at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, and Higley High School in Gilbert at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Queen Creek High and Williams Field High have already held their singing contests.
The finale will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center on the Queen Creek High campus.
Information: (480) 284-4014, ext. 4, or www.breastcancersociety.org.
'Dig Pink' Volleyball Game
The first Perry High School "Dig Pink" Volleyball Game will help educate and raise funds to help fight breast cancer.
Chandler's Perry High will play against Tempe's Corona Del Sol High School at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in Perry High's gymnasium, 1919 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert.
Donations from the silent auction, raffle tickets, "pink" food and drinks, and Dig Pink volleyball T-shirts will be donated to the Dig Pink Sideout Foundation.
The Side-Out Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2004 by a group of individuals drawn together by their love of volleyball, but who also share a similar passion to be a part of the war against breast cancer. Side-Out's mission is to raise money for the war against breast cancer through the recreational activity of volleyball.
To donate online, visit www.side-out.org/application/teams/team_page/1780.
3-Day walk in November
The Breast Cancer 3-Day walk benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure begins at 7 a.m. Nov. 13 at Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper Road, Gilbert.
The closing ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale.
Pink boxer shorts on sale
Fulton Homes and radio station 98.7 The Peak have teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the fight against breast cancer. Throughout the month of October, Arpaio's limited edition pink boxer shorts will be on sale for $20, with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
"This detrimental disease is unfortunately on the rise," said Douglas Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. "Fulton Homes is committed to standing behind the battle against breast cancer and supporting the search for a cure."
Proceeds from pink boxers usually assist the Maricopa County Youth Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports programs that prevent youth violence and promotes social development, good role models and positive interaction with law enforcement.
To purchase Sheriff Joe's limited edition pink boxer shorts, visit phxsgk.mediawebconnect.com.
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