11 ways to safely support the fight against breast cancer in NYC this October
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and breast cancer hasn’t stopped, so neither has American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Here are 11 ways that New York City residents can safely support the fight to end breast cancer this October:
Make Strides on your own – and contribute to a breast cancer awareness digital collage. Necessary social distancing guidelines will prevent the American Cancer Society from hosting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in New York City. Walk on your own with a group of friends, put pink flamingos or pink flowers in your front yard, dye your hair pink, even dress your pet in pink! Whatever you do, share photos and videos on social media. Visit MakingStridesWalk.org/Bronx, MakingStridesWalk.org/Brooklyn and MakingStridesWalk.org/CentralPark for more information.
Scan a pink ribbon in Park Slope. Charities and small businesses alike have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, so the American Cancer Society has teamed up with the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District and the North Flatbush Business Improvement Distribute for a unique fundraiser. Visit the small businesses along Fifth Avenue and North Flatbush Avenue this October, find a pink ribbon tied to a tree, and scan the QR code to donate to Brooklyn’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement! Can’t make it out? Go here to donate.
Dedicate a ribbon at a Pink Ribbon Tribute Garden. Tributes honor every life touched by cancer. For a $10 donation to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Bronx, you’ll receive a virtual and/or physical tribute that can be personalized for someone currently facing breast cancer, a breast cancer survivor, or a loved one lost to the disease. In-person Pink Ribbon Tribute Garden locations will include Bronx Haven High School and NYPD Precincts around the Bronx. Purchase a Pink Ribbon Tribute, find an in-person Tribute Garden near you, and see our Virtual Tribute Garden at MakingStridesWalk.org/Bronx. The Virtual Pink Ribbon Tribute Garden is generously sponsored by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, DPC.
Tributes honor every life touched by cancer. You can dedicate them to a loved one lost, someone currently battling, or anyone who’s overcome it. When you make a donation for a tribute, it helps fund the American Cancer Society’s mission to help save lives. Your tributes will be on display in the Virtual Tribute Garden.
All October you and your team can take New York City by storm with the ultimate Making Strides Scavenger Hunt. A socially distant, safe way to join the Making Strides movement by bringing five people together in-person in your own neighborhood, without the health risk of big crowds. Teams raise at least $500 on your Making Strides team page to play. Then, using the cityHUNT digital app, it takes the classic scavenger hunt to the next level. Instead of looking for a list of objects, your group will follow clues to solve problems, take pictures, make videos, and celebrate breast cancer survivors. Making Strides encourages social distancing and wearing masks while you play. Click here to learn more about this adventure!
Have a DIY dance party. Dance like no one’s watching on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when DJs from Digital Empire, plus Lil Nat, DJ Knowledge, and more will livestream house and pop music sets. Then, on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., female DJs from around the world will livestream sets as part of a multicultural music celebration. Both livestreams will be happening on Facebook.com/MakingStridesBrooklyn.
Celebrate survivors and caregivers with a cupcake. Indulge your sweet tooth and visit Bay Ridge Bakery on Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cancer survivors and accompanying caregivers will enjoy one pink cupcake at no charge while supplies last.
Cheer a Pink Car Cruise. A local Brooklyn Car Club will be hosting a breast cancer awareness car cruise on Sunday, Oct. 25. Over 120 Car Club members will be decorating their cars pink and creating a mobile tribute garden, with flags dedicated to individuals who have bravely faced breast cancer flying from their cars. Merchandise will be sold in collaboration with the NYPD. Route and time are TBD, but check Facebook.com/MakingStridesBrooklyn for details.
Join a Pink Forward Step Challenge. From Oct. 1 to Oct. 11, take steps with the American Cancer Society in honor, in memory, and in support of every woman and man who has ever been touched by breast cancer. The collective goal is 10 million pink steps forward in New York City in support of a future free from breast cancer. Walk or run in your neighborhood, local park, the treadmill - wherever you feel most comfortable. Sign up and submit your steps here.
Be featured in Times Square - #SelfiesForStrides. For $25, you can have your selfie, photo of a loved one, or even a group photo featured on one of New York City's premier billboards-just steps from Times Square! Click here to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Grab a pink bagel from Panera. From Oct. 1-31, Panera Bread will donate 39 cents of every pink bagel sold to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Want to maximize your bagel buying impact? Go on Oct. 9 – they’ll donate 100% of the proceeds on that day only.