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Ways you can join the fight against breast cancer

It's October, which means it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

There are plenty of ways you can get involved to support the cause.

Here are several of the biggest events in the area that offer a good time, help increase awareness and help benefit cancer initiatives.

Here’s how to make a difference this October:


WHEN: Oct. 1 - Nov. 4

WHERE: All Greater Dayton and Miami Valley Donatos Pizza Restaurants

DETAILS: Donatos Pizza is partnering with Cheryl’s Cookies to support our local Breast Cancer Foundation. All 17 Greater Dayton/Miami Valley area Donatos restaurants will be offering a buttercream frosted cookie, specially provided for Donatos by Cheryl’s Cookies, for $1.00 each to help raise funds to fight breast cancer. Donatos will donate 50 cents for every Cheryl’s buttercream frosted cookie sold.

INFO: Go to www.donatos.com for restaurant location details.

The Panera pink bagel. FILE
Photo: Staff Writer

🎀Panera Pink Ribbon Bagel sales

WHEN: Oct. 1-31
WHERE: Panera Bread; various locations in Dayton
COST: $5.99 for a half dozen, $11.99 for a baker's dozen and $16.99 for a baker’s dozen plus two tubs of cream cheese. Preorder online at www.covelli.com/gopink.
DETAILS: A portion of the proceeds from these special ribbon-shaped bagel sales will benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls and Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.

INFO: Website

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Walkers gathered early on Saturday morning for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk, Springfield. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

🎀Making Strides of Springfield

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, registration – 8 a.m.; walk – 9 a.m. 

WHERE: Springfield Regional Cancer Center, 148 W. North St., Springfield 

COST: Register online at Making Strides of Springfield

DETAILS: Distance: 5K. Goal: $45,000. 

INFO: Website

🎀TuTu Many Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 5. Walk starts at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Riverfront Park,  3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg

COST: $25 Register online The Premier Group Tutu Many Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

INFO:  Put on a tutu and join The Premier Group in the second annual  1.8 mile Breast Cancer Awareness Fun Walk honoring those who are currently fighting and those who have fought breast cancer. 

All event proceeds benefit Pink Ribbon Girls.

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🎀Paint the Town Pink 5K Run and Concert

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 11, 6-11 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Troy Public Square

COST: Register online here 

DETAILS: A 5K timed run around downtown Troy followed by live music, family friendly activities, an obstacle course, a beer garden, food and raffles.

INFO: Facebook

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NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14: Richard Marx performs onstage during Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee's Fifth Annual Stars for Wishes on January 14, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Make-A-Wish Middle)
Photo: Rick Diamond

🎀Mix 107.7 and Premier Physician Network Concert for a Cure

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton

COST: Tickets are $30-50 and are on sale here

DETAILS: The concert features acoustic performances by Richard Marx, Rayne Johnson, Steven Puth, John K, Parachute and Stranger.

Scenes from a past Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.

🎀Making Strides of Dayton

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19. Registration and rolling start 8:30-10:30 a.m. Program begins at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
COST: Register online at Making Strides of Dayton.
INFO:  This year’s goal is to raise $275,000.

Making Strides is a non-competitive 5K walk that brings the community together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. 

The event raises money to fund innovative research, provides free information and support, and offers information to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable.

Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller will be the featured speaker at the 19th annual Ribbon of Hope Luncheon next month.

🎀19th annual Ribbon of Hope Luncheon

WHEN: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8
WHERE: Great Hall at Sinclair Community College, 444 W. Third St., Dayton
COST: Ticket options begin at $75 (benefiting the Women’s Wellness Fund through the Kettering Medical Center Foundation). Register online at Kettering Health.
INFO: This year’s guest speaker is Shannon Miller, the most decorated Olympic gymnast in American History. 

In 2011, Miller was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She is now cancer free and advocates for early detection, awareness, research and survivorship. 

>> Olympic gymnast will be featured speaker at Ribbon of Hope Luncheon

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🎀Making Strides of Greater Cincinnati

WHEN: Check in 8 a.m. and walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 

WHERE: Yeatmans Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way

COST: Register online at Making Strides of Cincinnati

INFO: This year’s goal is to raise $475,000. 

Join the noncompetitive, family-friendly 3.5 mile walk to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.

“No one travels this road alone.” The Pink Ribbon Girls offer support to patients facing breast and reproductive cancers.

🎀Jeepin for a Cure

WHEN: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30

WHERE: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, 10563 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg

INFO: Dayton Jeepin has organized a fundraiser for the Pink Ribbon Girls. A 50/50 raffle and giveaways will be part of the event. BJ’s will donate 20% of dinner bill to the organization. More information can be found on the Facebook page

Are you organizing a public event in support of breast cancer awareness? Please send us the details at contact@dayton.com.