October is all about pumpkins and Halloween, but it also is the time to think pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is easy to show support by simply wearing pink throughout the month, but there are many more ways to get involved in the community.
Local Support Groups:
Le Med Spa– an intimate cancer support group in a relaxing setting.
Doylestown Hospital – meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm and 9pm in Conference Room A. Contact Karen Quinian at 215-345-2866.
Grand View Hospital – meets the second Monday of each month at 7pm in the radiation oncology waiting room. Alternating support chat or an educational event. Contact Suzanne Campbell at 215-453-3223.
Grand View Hospital, young survivors – meets the first Monday of each month at 7pm in the radiation oncology waiting room. Contact Suzanne Campbell at 215-453-3223.
Lower Bucks Hospital – meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in conference room number one in the pavilion.
St. Mary Medical Center – contact Josephine Constalas at 215-710-4511 for more information.
Gilda’s Club – the networking group meets the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm in Warminster. The young survivors group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Gilda’s Club is an organization where people with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build social and emotional support. They offer support groups, networking groups, lectures, workshops, and social events free of charge in a welcoming, home-like setting. Call 215-441-3290 to RSVP or for more information. Registration is required.
Bucks County Breast Friends – meetings are typically held the first Thursday of each month at 7pm in Bensalem. If you are interested in learning more about the support group, please contact Stacey Simcik at 215-280-7745.
To show support, $1 for every bottle or case sold at Joe Canal’s Woodbridge and Lawrenceville stores during the special events is being donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation. In addition, you will be able to purchase a paper ribbon for $1 to add to our total donation amount.
Bucks County Horse Park
This fundraiser is sponsored by the Bucks County Horse Park and the Center for Breast Services at Lehigh Valley Hospital whose mission is to help the families and women patients facing this terrible disease and lessen their burden by way of personal grants for whatever they may need, medicine, therapy, groceries, etc. The Pink Ribbon Ride can be enjoyed as a 4 or 5 mile trail ride, where you set your own pace and enjoy the ride. There will be a 2 to 3 mile trail for walkers, joggers and dogs. Participant’s entry fees, along with other fund raising efforts will be donated to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center for Breast Services. This will be followed by judging of the most Pinked Out, dog, carriage or rider/horse team or individual. We have a Sponsorship Champagne Brunch starting at 10:30am with raffles and an award ceremony, honoring the Most Pinked Out and riders with outstanding contributions. All participants will receive a free T-shirt and all Dogs will receive bandanas.
Breast Cancer Benefit “Pretty in Pink”
October 19th, 7:00pm
Fisher’s Tudor House, 1858 Street Rd, Bensalem
All proceed will benefit St Mary Cancer Center. The evening begins at 7 pm with a Premium Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres, followed by a Grand Buffet and then a Dessert Salon will be presented! Live Entertainment and Dancing to round out the evening!
Bench for Boobs
October 21st, 10:00am
New Hope Fitness
New Hope Fitness will host Bench for Boobs, an amateur bench press competition to benefit The Healing Consciousness Foundation, a Bucks County organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with breast cancer through holistic healing, education, and life style changes. Organized by New Hope resident and recent breast cancer survivor Dara Zuckernick, Bench for Boobs is her way of celebrating her recovery – which was greatly aided by an intense, strength-based fitness regime and the supportive gym community she found at New Hope Fitness. Bench for Boobs is open to women, men and children. Contestants will compete according to pre-determined weight classes. The registration fee is $30 before October 19th and $35 after that date. Contestants will be required to check in beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the date of the competition.
Free Mammogram Screens for Uninsured/Underinsured Women
Aria Health System, Bucks Campus, 398 N. Oxford Valley Rd, Langhorne
Lack of medical insurance does not mean going without that important yearly mammogram. Linda Creed’s core program is to provide free mammography screenings for women with little or no medical insurance. We work with over 14 health care providers in the region. Our screening program consists of the three elements of yearly breast care as recommended by the AMA. In addition to a mammogram, women can expect to receive a clinical breast exam and important breast health information that includes an opportunity for questions and answers. Should a screening come back questionable, Linda Creed will also provide free follow-up care in the form of a diagnostic mammogram and/or ultrasound and help find care beyond this level. Please contact Linda Creed at 215-564-3700 for eligibility requirements.
Living Well with Metastatic Breast Cancer Teleconferences
October 8th & 22nd, 12:00pm
354 West Lancaster Ave., Suite 224, Haverford, PA 19041
Join Living Beyond Breast Cancer in a two part teleconference series about living with metastatic breast cancer. During part I of our free teleconference series, learn about the treatments used to manage metastatic breast cancer. Part I will also feature Hope S. Rugo, MD, who will offer a clearer understanding of treatment choices, news on the pipeline research and clinical trials related to metastatic breast cancer, and discuss options with your healthcare team on what this breaking research means for future care. During part II of our free teleconference series, explore the feelings of uncertainty you may have while living with metastatic breast cancer with Wendy G. Lichtenthal, PhD.
Thursday, October 18th 6pm – 9pm
The Cub Room in New Hope
Armando Martinez will work the bar in honor of the American Cancer Society.
Free Photoshoot for Breast Cancer Survivors
Throughout the month of October
With October being Breast Cancer awareness month, Wayne Salat’s Blacksheep Photography, based in Levittown, would like to offer a free photo-shoot to those that are fighting breast cancer or have beaten it. Please email me with your information, the photos will be posted with the hopes of bringing more awareness and help in fighting this disease. Wayne@blacksheepfotos.com
Do you know of another Breast Cancer Awareness Month event happening in or near Bucks County? Please submit it here for inclusion in this guide.