October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and whether you love to shop, attend events, walk or run, there are tons of different ways to support the cause.
On Sunday, Oct. 21, you can join other crusaders against breast cancer in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The event takes place in Sherwood Island State Park in Westport -- for more information, click here.
The walk is organized nationwide and so far more than 8 million people have walked for this cause and raised about $460 million.
In addition to the walk, residents will be participating in events throughout Connecticut that support national organizations that are fighting for a cure.
Research centers like Susan G. Komen for the Cure are selling pink ribbon merchandise and it’s a twofer -- retail therapy and donating to a cause that affects millions.
You can also support breast cancer research by affixing a special stamp to your mail. The U.S. Postal Service has been selling a stamp commemorating breast cancer awareness for the past 15 years. The agency has raised $75 million so far for research programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
Or you could attend an inspirational luncheon in Derby, CT to commemorate women who have been working tirelessly to spread breast cancer awareness. Your ticket would help the Griffin Hospital/Valley Breast Care Fund ensure that no one is ever denied a mammogram or diagnostic testing for breast cancer.
There's also the 17th Annual Swim Across the Sound luncheon, hosted by St. Vincent's Medical Center. This year's event takes place on Friday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport. For more information and to buy tickets, visit St. Vincent's website.
TELL US: Is there a special event you participate in to support breast cancer research? Share your stories and thoughts with us by adding them to the comments sections of this article. Also, be sure to add photos of you and your friends supporting the cause to the photo gallery above.