October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and all across metro Atlanta, events are being held to raise money and recognition of this major health risk to women.
In Sandy Springs, bicyclists will be participating in an over Oct. 13-14 called the 24 Hours Of Booty Bike Ride. On Oct. 18, Brookhaven's Taryn Reed Jewelry & Loving Local will host a girls night out shopping event, where a portion of proceeds will benefit research through www.keep-a-breast.org.
Rue 21 locations in Stone Mountain and Lithonia are donating portions of their Breast Cancer Awareness merchandise to the Glimmer of Hope Foundation.
And in Buckhead and Virginia-Highland, Van Michael Salon and the Pink Heels Foundation are offering a variety of specials and deals through October.
Almost every metro Atlanta community has extensive resources and support groups for women whose lives have been touched by the disease, from Black Girls Run in the Cascade and southwest Atlanta neighborhoods to groups that meet regularly in Dunwoody.
But according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, heart disease is the No. 1 natural cause of death among women in most every statistical group, with cancer a close second.
Some people have wearied of the number of events and promotions during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and some worry that it takes too much attention away from discussing other serious health risks.
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Breast Cancer Support Groups In Dunwoody.
Shop Pink In Stone Mountain And Lithonia.
Van Michael Salon And The Pink Heels Foundation Blow Out To End Breast Cancer.