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Breast cancer awareness events in all 50 states

Nadine Avola

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Nadine is a film/TV actress, appearing in the new Vacation movie this summer. She's also been in Sydney White, Guiding Light, and Game On — an Italian Disney TV series.

Breast cancer walks and events so you can get involved in your state

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the nation is coming together in support. There are countless events across the country, so find one happening in your state and let's fight for the cure — together.

If you participate in any of the following events — or countless other breast cancer awareness events not listed here — be sure to check out BCAcampaign.com. It’s a site that spreads breast cancer awareness by users like you, featuring an interactive map. You can share an "action" (photo, video or inspiring text) on their global map and see others’ supportive actions from around the world.

"The key to the site is acknowledging that every action, no matter how big or small, truly makes a difference," explains a rep for the site. "The hope is that people all over the world will see this globe of actions populating and be inspired to share some of their own!"

Breast cancer walks and events so you can get involved in your state
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1. Alabama

What: Making Strides of Montgomery 5K, benefits the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society works "to find cures to end the disease tomorrow." At this 3.1-mile race, fundraisers will aid in science research of breast cancer.

When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk
Where: Riverwalk Amphitheater in Montgomery, Alabama

2. Alaska

What: A Gala Affair 2015, Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska

This annual celebration is a semi-formal dinner and auction in which proceeds help the BCDC to increase awareness and cancer survivability by early detection. Survivors receive tickets at no cost.

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Time: 6 p.m. gala begins
Where: Westmark Fairbanks Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska

3. Arizona

What: 2015 Walk for Hope Phoenix 5K, City of Hope

Walk for Hope supports City of Hope's efforts in research and science. The 5K course runs through the Phoenix Zoo, and you can join as a team or individual. Registration costs $20-$40 per person.

When: Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015
Time: 6:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. walk
Where: Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona

4. Arkansas

What: 22nd Annual Arkansas Komen Race for the Cure, Susan G. Komen

Of all the donations raised for this event, 75 percent goes right back into the communities of Arkansas for education, screenings and treatments. The rest goes to the Komen foundation for research grants. "Not one cent goes to overhead."

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. 5K race, 8:20 a.m. 2K family walk
Where: Downtown Little Rock/North Little Rock

5. California

What: Making Strides of San Francisco, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Fundraising for this event — non-competitive 3- and 5-mile walks — will help the foundation invest in new research and provide free services for early detection. So far, there are 174 teams and 486 participants.

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. walk
Where: Hellman Hollow in San Francisco, California

6. Colorado

What: Denver CO Bridal Show 2015, Brides Against Breast Cancer

With vendors, gowns, giveaways and swag bags, this event for brides raises money for breast cancer education for Brides Against Breast Cancer, which is an organization of the nonprofit Health Support Network, Inc. Tickets are $20 to the VIP event on Saturday and $5 for general admission on Sunday.

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 (VIP) and Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 (general admission)
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Oct. 3) and 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Oct. 4)
Where: Double Tree by Hilton in Denver, Colorado

7. Connecticut

What: Making Strides of Greater New Haven, Making Strides Against Cancer

With 97 teams and 276 participants, this walk is smaller in scale but incredibly beautiful as you walk the non-competitive 5K course.

When: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. walk
Where: Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Connecticut

8. Delaware

What: 10th Anniversary of Go Pink! Health Fair, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

Proceeds for this event are split between education and free screenings. T-shirts are available with a $10 donation. This health fair features free clinical breast exams, education opportunities and bake sales.

When: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Bayhealth Medical Office Building in Dover, Delaware

9. Florida

What: Tampa Bay Komen 3-Day Walk, Susan G. Komen

This 3-day walk is a 60-mile trek through the cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa. Registration is open for 2016 at $35 per person if you sign up before Dec. 9.

When: Oct. 25-27, 2015
Where: Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida

10. Georgia

What: Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, It's the Journey Inc.

In 2014, more than 1,000 participants committed to this 30-mile walk around Atlanta. The money raised aids communities in Georgia, having funded grants in 70 counties in previous years. Since 2002, the walk has raised $10 million. They have student rates, single-day rates and fundraising goals.

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 (20 miles) and Sunday Oct. 4, 2015 (10 miles)
Time: Opening ceremonies at 7 a.m. both days, walk begins at 8 a.m. both days
Where: Atlanta, Georgia

11. Hawaii

What: Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure, Susan G. Komen

This race — including a 1-mile walk and 5K run — has its sights set on a $120,000 goal, and the donations continue to climb.

When: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Time: 7 a.m.
Where:
Kapi'olani Park in Honolulu, Hawaii

12. Idaho

What: I Ain't Afraid Breast Cancer Awareness Virtual Race, Moon Joggers

This is a virtual race, where you complete your run sometime between these two dates and log it in with Moon Joggers. The race donates $4 of every ticket to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

When: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 to Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
Time: 6 a.m. (Oct. 1) and 8 a.m. (Oct. 31)
Where: Idaho Falls, Idaho

13. Illinois

What: Eighth Annual Breast Cancer Symposium 2015, University of Illinois

"The sole objective of this symposium is to educate all physicians and healthcare personnel regarding the current diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer," they say in the program. It is marketed toward medical experts and doctors.

When: Oct. 1-2, 2015
Time: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria, Illinois

14. Indiana

What: Making Strides of Lafayette, Making Strides Against Cancer

This is a non-competitive 5K walk to support breast cancer research and unite us together in the fight against the disease.

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.
Where: Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana

15. Iowa

What: Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer, Especially for You

This event has a 5K race, 5K walk and family fun walk. The proceeds go to the Especially for You fund, which pays for mammograms, CAD technology, tomosynthesis and diagnostic exams.

When: Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015
Time: 7:45 a.m.
Where: Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

16. Kansas

What: Making Strides of Wichita, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

This 5K walk welcomes survivors, families and friends to participate. There will be entertainment and merchandise available, and all the proceeds will help fight breast cancer.

When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.
Where: The Waterfront in Wichita, Kansas

17. Kentucky

What: Yes, Mamm! 5K, Kentucky One Health

Yes, Mamm! donors have saved lives by funding 493 mammogram screenings, 185 diagnostic mammograms, 168 ultrasounds and 11 biopsies. Help support by signing up for this race.

When: Sunday, Oct. 17, 2015
Where: Nicholasville, Kentucky

18. Louisiana

What: Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Walk, Ethel Precht Hope Foundation

Ethel Precht created the foundation in 2004 to help raise money for local residents undergoing breast cancer treatments. Registration begins at $20.

When: Sunday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. walk
Where: Lake Charles, Louisiana

19. Maine

What: 8th Annual Washington County Cancer Conference

This is a free conference for patients, caregivers, survivors and family members looking to learn more about breast cancer. There are three keynote speakers and a complimentary lunch.

When: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Pellon Center in Machias, Maine

20. Maryland

What: Making Strides of Ocean City, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Currently, there are 58 teams and 204 participants set to take part in this non-competitive 5K race. Organizers encourage people of all ages and abilities to join.

When: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk
Where: The Boardwalk at the Inlet in Ocean City, Maryland

21. Massachusetts

What: Making Strides of Boston, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

More than 4,000 participants have currently raised over $571,500 and are ready to go! You can still donate or sign up to be a part of the 2- and 5-mile walk.

When: Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015
Time: 8 a.m.
Where: DRC Hatch Shell in Boston, Massachusetts

22. Michigan

What: 3rd Annual Dancing with the Survivors, The Pink Fund

This event will take place in seven cities around the nation on Oct. 1. It will pair local breast cancer survivors "with professional dancers from dance studios across the country, performing ballroom style dances, while raising money for The Pink Fund’s mission," the website explains.

When: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Where: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

23. Minnesota

What: 14th Annual Breast Cancer Education Conference, Breast Cancer Education Association

This education conference held in the Twin Cities offers keynote speakers, workshops, a luncheon and a runway show for any people looking to learn more about the disease.

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

24. Mississippi

What: Making Strides of Harrison — The Gulf Coast, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Help raise money for breast cancer awareness by participating in this non-competitive 5K race. There will be entertainment and merchandise, and you can still sign up!

When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 8 a.m.
Where: Biloxi Town Green in Biloxi, Mississippi

25. Missouri

What: Breast Cancer Awareness Chiefs games, University of Kansas

During these two games, Arrowhead will turn pink — with pink gear, pink events and even a pink coin for the coin toss.

When: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 (vs. Bears) and Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 (vs. Steelers)
Time: 1 p.m. both games
Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri

26. Montana

What: VIPink Weekend, benefits American Cancer Society

This weekend includes the Making Strides 5K, a survivor fashion show and silent auction with more than 30 vendors. All donations will benefit the American Cancer Society.

When: Oct. 17-18, 2015
Where: Gallatin Mall in Bozeman, Montana

27. Nebraska

What: Dine Out for the Cure, Susan G. Komen Foundation

Dine out on Oct. 18 at any of the long list of participating restaurants, where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Komen Nebraska. #DineOutfortheCure

When: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Where: Omaha, Nebraska

28. Nevada

What: Making Strides of Las Vegas, benefits American Cancer Society

Las Vegas has already raised more than $72,500 for this 3-mile walk, which will benefit the America Cancer Society. You can still donate, volunteer and cheer on the participants.

When: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada

29. New Hampshire

What: Pole for a Cure, New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition

Center Stage Pole Dance Fitness Studio is sponsoring a pole dancing fitness event to raise funds for the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition.

When: Oct. 20-21, 2015
Where: Center Stage Pole Dance Fitness in Merrimack, New Hampshire

30. New Jersey

What: 3rd Annual Dancing with the Survivors, The Pink Fund

This event will take place in seven cities around the nation on Oct. 1. It will pair local breast cancer survivors "with professional dancers from dance studios across the country, performing ballroom style dances, while raising money for The Pink Fund’s mission," the website explains.

When: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Where: Montville and Morristown, New Jersey

31. New Mexico

What: Making Strides of Albuquerque, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

This event has already raised $28,000 and donors are continuing to contribute more. Sign up now to participate in the 5-mile walk.

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 8 a.m.
Where: Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico

32. New York

What: AVON 39: The Walk to End Breast Cancer, Reebok

The AVON 39 series is a 39.3 mile walk over two days around New York City. The first day is marathon length (26.2 miles), while the second day is the length of a half marathon (13.1 miles). Net funds raised will directly benefit New York.

When: Saturday Oct. 17, 2015 (26.2 miles) and Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 (13.1 miles)
Where: New York City, New York

33. North Carolina

What: Race for the Cure Charlotte, Susan G. Komen

Participants can run in either a timed or an untimed 5K, with each event having a different start time. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds goes right back into the local communities for education, screenings and treatments. The rest goes to the Komen Foundation for research grants.

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Time: 7:15 a.m. (timed) and 7:50 a.m. (untimed)
Where: Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina

34. North Dakota

What: Art and Wine Night with McQuades and Theo Art School, benefits Pink It Forward

Learn to paint and try different types of beer and wine, all while donating to a good cause. The event is $20, and $5 of that will go to the Pink It Forward foundation.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Where: Theo Art School in Bismarck, North Dakota

35. Ohio

What: 3rd Annual Dancing with the Survivors, The Pink Fund

This event will take place in seven cities around the nation on Oct. 1. It will pair local breast cancer survivors "with professional dancers from dance studios across the country, performing ballroom style dances, while raising money for The Pink Fund’s mission," the website explains.

When: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Where: Westerville, Ohio

36. Oklahoma

What: Oklahoma City Race for the Cure, Susan G. Komen

Registration is $20-$35 per person to participate in either the 1-mile walk or 5K race. They've reached 25 percent of their $125,000 goal, and there's still plenty of time to donate.

When: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Time: 8 a.m.
Where: Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

37. Oregon

What: 7th Annual Survivor and Friends Luncheon

"Each year Breast Friends honors an outstanding, compassionate person nominated by his or her colleagues, patients, and other members of the community," their site explains. The event will also have speakers and vendors.

When: Sunday, Oct. 3, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.
Where: Double Tree Lloyd Center in Portland, Oregon

38. Pennsylvania

What: In the Pink with Michele Rene Fashion Show, PA Breast Cancer Coalition

At this event, there will be a fashion show, silent auction, happy hour and food specials, all to benefit the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

When: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Isaac's Downtown and The Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

39. Rhode Island

What: Stillwater Spa's Pink Martini Night, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation

"For a $20 donation at the door, guests can enjoy delicious Pink Martinis, a complimentary bra fitting, a Beauty Bar makeup station and more, while raising money for the fight against breast cancer," the site says. All proceeds will benefit the Gloria Gemma foundation.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency in Newport, Rhode Island

40. South Carolina

What: 2015 Walk for Life/Run for Life, Palmetto Health Foundation

Last year, 11,000 walkers and runners raised $814,000 from this 5K and 10K race. To get involved, you can register, donate or become a sponsor.

When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 7:15 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. walk
Where: Finlay Park in Columbia, South Carolina

41. South Dakota

What: Making Strides of South Dakota, benefits American Cancer Society

This walk — with only 150 participants — has already raised $14,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Foundation, which directly benefits the American Cancer Society.

When: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. registration, 2 p.m. walk
Where: Pasley Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

42. Tennessee

What: 7th Annual Stomp Out Breast Cancer, benefits American Cancer Society

Raise money for breast cancer awareness by buying wine! This is a walk to three local wineries, each featuring a pink wine. For every bottle sold, $5 will go to the American Cancer Society. Their goal is to reach $25,000.

When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Where: Hillside Winery in Sevierville, Tennessee

43. Texas

What: Lubbock Area Race for the Cure, Susan G. Komen

This race includes a 1K walk and 5K run, and 75 percent of the proceeds will go back into the local community. The other 25 percent will help fund grants for research.

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Lubbock Civic Center in Lubbock, Texas

44. Utah

What: Making Strides of Utah, benefits American Cancer Society

Help support breast cancer research by donating to this 5K non-competitive walk. The participants have already raised more than $55,000.

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah

45. Vermont

What: 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference

This is a free public event for anyone interested in women's health. With more than 80 sessions to attend, you will learn about prevention, diagnosis and treatment options.

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont

46. Virginia

What: 103.7 Play for Pink Radiothon, benefits Susan G. Komen Foundation

"A twelve-hour radiothon to benefit Komen Central Virginia will help create awareness and raise funds for breast cancer services, education, and research," the Komen site says. Donate $25 to request any song, and all proceeds will benefit the Komen foundation.

When: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Central Viriginia

47. Washington

What: Pinktober's Happy Hour for Hope, benefits American Cancer Society

Head to this event for live music by Ghosts I've Met and the $5 suggested donation goes to the American Cancer Society and gets you a raffle ticket.

When: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Hard Rock Café in Seattle, Washington

48. West Virginia

What: Making Strides of North Central WV, benefits American Cancer Society

This is a 5K non-competitive walk that benefits the American Cancer Society for make strides in learning more about breast cancer.

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Hazel Ruby McQuain Park in Morgantown, West Viriginia

49. Wisconsin

What: Breast Cancer and the Environment

"Research is showing that interactions between genetic and environmental factors may play a role in who gets breast cancer and who does not," the Stand Up and Speak Out website says. To learn more, register online for free.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Columbia St. Mary's Cancer Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

50. Wyoming

What: 6th Annual Ta-Ta Trot, Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care

Participate in this 5K for $25-$30 per person. The proceeds will go to the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care to help local breast cancer patients.

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Time: 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. walk
Where: Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming

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