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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Brings Several Events to the Ozarks

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Image Caption: Specialty bras for breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy are for sale in the Hulston Cancer Center; each is lined with special pockets for a breast prosthesis to slip into. (Photo credit: Alex Crowder, KSMU)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To celebrate the month, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, or BCFO, is participating in a number of fundraisers and events. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.

Crystal Webster is the Executive Director of BCFO.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a very exciting time for breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Tomorrow (October 5th) we celebrate the month and all of the survivors and those that we’ve lost with Hooked on Dance, which is our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

Webster says proceeds from the event make up almost half of BCFO’s annual operating budget. All of the money stays in the Ozarks to assist those who have breast cancer with things like mortgage and rent payments. Hooked on Dance is sold out, but Webster says there are numerous other events going on throughout the month that people can participate in.

Panera Bread is selling pink ribbon bagels throughout the month of October, with a portion of the proceeds going to BCFO, and October 12th is “100 percent day”. That means 100 percent of the money that comes from Panera’s pink ribbon bagel sales on the 12th will be donated to BCFO.

“Last year that amounted to eight thousand dollars plus towards those who are impacted by breast cancer right here in the Ozarks,” says Webster.

If bagels aren’t your thing, BCFO will also be participating in the Sunshine Run on October 13th. Anyone who wants to participate can register online at www.active.com until Wednesday October 10th. Registration is 20 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for kids.

Webster says volunteer slots are full for these events, but anyone who wishes to volunteer with BCFO in the future should call 862-3838.

For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.