October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
A National Challenge:
Outside of certain forms of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States.
But researchers are continually finding new, improved treatments that help people with breast cancer live longer. Much of this research takes place here, at the University of Florida.
Local Breast Cancer Awareness Events in Gainesville, Fla.:
During breast cancer awareness month, there are many events happening around town to help fund this research and provide support for survivors.
October 25, 2018: 50’s Fab Pink Patio Party at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Survivors For Research, Inc hosts an annual “Party on the Patio” at The Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs, Fla. Come dressed in your favorite 50’s outfit (or not) and dance to a live band playing 50’s music from 6-9 p.m.
There will be raffle prizes, pink drink specials, and special desserts to raise funds for research. Proceeds from Survivors for Research are used to fund grants for researchers at the University of Florida.
October 28, 2018: The Pink Pumpkin Pedal Off at the University of Florida
The 7th Annual Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off also helps raise money for breast cancer research at the University of Florida. Choose from 10-, 22-, 40- or 62-mile routes showcasing beautiful North Florida topography and wildlife. Enjoy post-ride festivities including fresh food, music, vendor booths and lots of opportunities to socialize. This fully supported tour is perfect for beginners or for expert cyclists. Don’t miss THE cycling social event of the year!
October 31, 2018: Cancer Connections at HealthStreet: Curing Incurable Breast Cancer–the Future is Here
Please join us at HealthStreet from noon-1 p.m., for a presentation by UF Health radiation oncologist and researcher, Dr.Paul Okunieff.
Objectives of the presentation include:
- How metastases form and why the dogma that there are either none or uncountable is wrong,
- How effective chemotherapy can help reduce the tumor burden so that there are only a few tumors left, and
- How radiosurgery can effectively kill the “countable” tumor numbers.
UF HealthStreet has resources for cancer patients, survivors, and their caretakers.
The HealthStreet facility at 2401 Archer Road in Gainesville has a cancer resource library and hosts monthly cancer support groups.
HealthStreet links members of the community to cancer research, whether the person is a cancer patient, a survivor, or a healthy adult.
Please call HealthStreet at (352)294-4871 for further information.