October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The rates of death from breast cancer have decreased significantly over the years due to increased awareness and education about breast cancer prevention and detection. Due to advancements in treatment, a diagnosis of breast cancer is survivable and rarely fatal if caught early enough. Donating slightly used items, volunteering your time or purchasing specialty license plates are just a few of the ways to help fight cancer.

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Pickups For Breast Cancer
11900 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 806
North Miami, FL 33181
(954) 962-5038

The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation will happily pick up your gently used clothing, household goods, and even furniture from residences throughout the South Florida Tri-County area. These items are then sold at thrift stores to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research. All that is required from you is to make a phone call and arrange a pick-up. Then just have the items ready when the truck arrives. Simple and easy. Of the many different ways to help raise funds and awareness of breast cancer, this is by far the easiest way to help in the fight.

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Making Strides Of Broward
Huizenga Plaza
1 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 3301
(954) 200-7532

Saturday, Oct. 31

The Making Strides of Broward walks consist of two walking trails. One is a 5K, or 3.1-mile walk, or a full 5-mile walk, all with volunteers spread throughout both trails in case any of the walkers need water or some other type of assistance. That is why volunteers are so desperately needed at this event; to assist the walkers when needed. Last year’s event raised over $40,000 to help fund the fight against breast cancer. This raise does not have a winner or loser, every person that enters is considered a winner and the raise concludes once the last walker crosses the finish line.

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Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race For The Cure
301 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 383-7116

Saturday, Oct. 17

Every year, the Susan G. Komen fundraising races manage to bring in thousands of dollars in donations to help in the fight against cancer. The Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure not only raises funds for research and education, but it celebrate survivorship and honors those who lost their battle with breast cancer. The nice thing about this event is that 75 percent of the profits from this race stays in the local community to help educate, screen and treat local area residents. This event is always looking for volunteers to assist in the event, as well as participants to raise money by walking in the race.

Related: Families: Volunteer, Race or Donate To The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

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Fundraising For Komen
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 206
Plantation, FL 33324
(305) 383-7116
(954) 909-0454

There are lots of opportunities in South Florida for helping in the fight against breast cancer. Fundraising is a major way to support breast cancer research and education. Holding talent shows, a fashion show or a bake-off is an easy and fun way to raise funds. Making strides has lots of unusual and simple ways to earn money to fight breast cancer. Some events require that certain guideline be followed, but for small fundraising activities like raffles or doggie wash-a-thons, the guidelines are much more lax.

Florida Breast Cancer Foundation
11900 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 288
North Miami, FL 33181
(305) 650-3221

Specialty license plates are a very popular item to display on vehicles. It is also a simple method to support the valuable research, education and awareness of breast cancer. All funds raised from the purchase of the “End Breast Cancer” specialty license plate remains in the state of Florida. The specialty plate is $30.00, and $25.00 of that money goes to fund educational programs and research in the fight against breast cancer.

Related: S. Fla. Thinks Pink & Readies To Race For The Cure

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