From your 5Ks to your spa days, there are several ways to honor breast cancer survivors in metro Atlanta. 
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Things to do for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Atlanta: 5Ks, spa day and more

While fall signifies changing leaves, pumpkin spice and picking out the perfect Halloween costume, it may be a reminder to honor during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Held every October, events across the country are created to honor those who have died, survived are are suffering from the illness. 

From your 5Ks to your spa days, here are some events to honor those affected by breast cancer in metro Atlanta:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at SunTrust Park

Walk for a cause at the 20th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Atlanta walk at SunTrust Park. The event, hosted by the American Cancer Society, is a noncompetitive two-mile walk held from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 7. The walk is one of 200 the organization hosts across the country to raise awareness for breast cancer month. Participants can register here. If you can’t make it to this walk, you can always sign-up for the Nov. 10 walk held at Kennesaw State University’s Third Fifth Bank Stadium.

Spirit Girls’ Night Out at Town Center at Cobb 

If you’re hoping for a mix of fashion and fundraising, look no further than the Spirit Girls’ Night Out at Town Center at Cobb at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The free 2-hour event includes a fashion show, health screenings and interactive wellness booths. Guests are encouraged to dress in pink in support of breast cancer awareness. The first 200 registrants will also receive a goody bag. 

“Uniting DeKalb for a Cure” 5K Walk/Run

Now in it’s third year, DeKalb County is hosting its “Uniting DeKalb for a Cure” one-mile walk/run, held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at Northlake Mall. The event will also include a kids zone and health fair. The county hopes to provide 80 mammograms for uninsured women. All proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen, who will direct those resources to initiatives in DeKalb. 

Save a Breast Karaoke Fest

Get those pipes ready. Beyond the Ribbon, Inc. is hosting “Save a Breast Karaoke Fest” 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Olde Town Lawrenceville. The non-profit, which advocates for resources for cancer patients, will also hold a silent auction for items such as UGA paraphernalia and wine. All proceeds from the karaoke fest will benefit breast cancer patients in the Lawrenceville community. The non-profit, Participants can register here


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Afro-Caribbean Dance Fitness Breast Cancer Awareness Event

This free, one-hour dance class hosted by The Survivor’s Nest will allow participants gain awareness on breast cancer and get in some cardio at Kittness Dance Studio on Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross. Participants will receive breast resources and can get questions answered from the organization founder’s April Smith. Donations will go to breast cancer survivors supported by The Survivor’s Nest. The Oct. 9 event will begin at 7 p.m. 

Fifty Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Luncheon 

 Pull out your best pink dress or suit for fellowship and fundraising at the fourth annual R&R Event Breast Cancer Luncheon. Held 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Atlanta City Hall, the luncheon is $40 and will included door prizes. Guests must be ages 13 and older and can purchase tickets here

“Koozies for Boobies” Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

Drink and donate at the 8th annual “Koozies for Boobies” Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser held Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 from 7 p.m. at Wet Willie on 2450 Piedmont Road. A percentage of the sales from each nights events will be donated to breast cancer charities. A percentage of the sales from all pink ribbon items will also be donated. Patrons will also have a chance to win a gift card. 

The Poetry Gala Pink and Black Affair 

Gather at Artisans Bar & Gallery located on 140 Peachtree Street at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 for a night of poetry and breast cancer awareness. “We are celebrating each victory and each loss against breast cancer,” according the organizer’s event page. Attendees will be treated to an art show, food and live performances. Advanced tickets can be purchased here. Tickets will also be sold at the door. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Spa Party

If you’re just looking to relax, head to McDounough for the Breast Cancer Awareness Spa Party Hosted by Healing Touch Therapy Spa and Therapists Creation from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 13. 

The ticketed-event includes your choice of a hand and arm massage, leg and foot massage, or a neck and shoulder massage. Those receiving radiation treatment will also have the choice of a foot soak and facial. The spa party will include products for bread cancer patients and survivors. 

Tickers for the Atlanta Street event range between $20 and $30. Participants can register here

In other news:

According to a new study, thousands of women with early-stage breast cancer may be able to skip chemotherapy. The study was published June 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that most patients with an intermediate risk of cancer recurrence can skip chemotherapy treatment. The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute, various foundations and proceeds from the breast cancer research stamp. It's the largest ever study done on breast cancer treatment.

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