The folks at the Susan G. Komen foundation in Minnesota are always looking to get more people involved in their work. Now is the perfect time to take them up on the invitation, because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you’re ready to plunge in to the cause, learn more about five ways you can get involved or spread awareness about breast cancer in Minnesota.

 (credit: Linda Spillers/Race for the Cure via Getty Images)

(credit: Linda Spillers/Race for the Cure via Getty Images)

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Of The Twin Cities
American Cancer Society
City of Minneapolis – Lake Nokomis
4955 West Lake Nokomis Parkway
Minneapolis, MN
(651) 255-8148
www.main.acsevents.org

Sat., Oct. 10 at 10 a.m.

Sign up for this celebration of survivorship and join a million other Minnesotans who are already taking action to end breast cancer. This American Cancer Society walking event raises funds every year. Connect with the crowd on Saturday, take part in the events, do some laps and join the fight against breast cancer. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer starts with one small step.

14th Annual Breast Cancer Education Awareness
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(651) 487-3578
www.breastcancereducation.org

Sat., Oct 10; 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Price: $65

This conference is unlike anything else you will experience in Minnesota. Participants benefit from the most recent findings about breast health, from keynote speaker, expert talks and the many breakout seminars. Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, will keynote the event followed by a panel of oncology experts. Expect to be exposed throughout the conference to a broad range of curative viewpoints—whether surgical, pharmaceutical, psychological, physical or spiritual. There are many ways to support this annual event. You can volunteer, make a donation or become a conference sponsor.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Of Central MN Walk
St. Cloud State University
Halenbeck Fieldhouse
1000 4th Ave S.
Saint Cloud, MN
(651) 255-8101
www.main.acsevents.org

Date: Sat., Oct. 17, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Be sure to register online and check in at 7:30 a.m. for Central Minnesota’s three-mile noncompetitive walk. Get your team assembled early enough for the opening ceremony and walk that begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Do not miss the entertainment, refreshments and snacks provided at Halenbeck Fieldhouse after the walk. Survivors also receive a special gift.

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Weekly Webinars On Breast Health Topics
Susan G. Komen Minnesota
960 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 746-1760
www.komenminnesota.org

Learn more by watching weekly webinars on breast health topics during the month of October. Though October is the month breast cancer awareness is highlighted, this is an opportunity to lose more about the disease and the cause year-round. Often, one of the best advantages is knowledge, and this is an easy way to arm yourself with information. Go to the link above for details on this free Susan G. Komen service.

Host A Fundraising Event
Susan G. Komen Minnesota

Find fun ways to raise awareness and raise a few dollars for the mission this October. For instance, launch a “Jean’s Day” at your workplace where everyone donates a certain or any amount to be able to wear jeans. Megan suggests a “Pink Out” at your workplace, where you have a cube pink decorating contest or a door-decorating contest. Everyone donates to be a part of the competition. See the Susan G. Komen website for these and other ways to carry the cause. It describes how to enter in a third party agreement with Susan G. Komen Minnesota to sanction your event or to start a local Rally for the Cure, Bowling for the Cure or Cook for the Cure.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.