October is pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is set to be a pink-tastic month with a slew of fundraising events scheduled all in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Held ever October, the globally recognised month aims to raise awareness around breast cancer, as well as offer support to those suffering from the disease.

A wide range of events are slated. Here are some of the key events the Pink Duck Publishing’s cast of creatives have marked in their diaries.

Eclipze Cut-a-Thon

(Sunday, Sept. 30)

Kicking-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month a day early is Eclipze Hair Design and Day Spa’s ever-popular Cut-a-Thon.

Now in its 18th year, beauty industry professionals will volunteer their time and gather on the Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Camana Bay salon to offer a heavily discounted menu of hair and beauty services.

This year’s volunteers are from Prive Beauty Studio, Focus Hair and Beauty, Spa Espirit, and Eclipze.

This year, two TIGI star stylists from the United States will also join the roster of volunteers; New York City hairstylist Roby Powers and Miami-based make-up artist and hairstylist Douglas Rosales.

The popular event was started by Eclipze owner Darla Dilbert and her sister Darna in memory of their aunt who passed away due to breast cancer several years ago.

Services include women’s wet cuts for just $30, men’s wet cuts for just $20, eyebrow threading priced at $15, mini-manicures with no polish for just $18, and body massages for just $1 per minute. New to this year’s roster of services is reflexology, priced at $2 a minute.

All funds raised go direct to The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Fund, with last year’s Cut-a-Thon raising more than $17,000.

Email eclipze@eclipze.ky or call 945-1188 or 916-7274,

Gala dinner

(Saturday, Oct. 6)

More than 600 guests will gather at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Saturday, Oct. 6 for the annual Breast Cancer Foundation Gala Dinner.

A major fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Foundation, tickets, priced at $350, sell out quickly. The pink-tie event includes a sumptuous three-course dinner with wine, welcome drinks, live and silent auction, and a not-to-be-missed raffle.

This year’s raffle includes the chance to win a custom 1998 Jeep Wrangler TJ, valued at $26,000, courtesy of Tony’s Toys Automotive Centre. Raffle tickets are priced at $25 and are available from REMAX, Seven Mile Shops, Tony’s Toys in Industrial Park, and the Breast Cancer Foundation offices in Grand Harbour. The winner will be drawn on the night and notified immediately.

Each year the dinner features a celebrity key note speaker, with alumni including TV celebrity and breast cancer survivor Guilianna Rancic and her husband Bill Rancic, journalist, TV host and author Joan Lumsden, and Grammy award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon. This year’s key note speaker is actress and director Shannen Doherty.

For those wishing to make the night extra special, The Ritz-Carlton are offering a special overnight package for gala guests priced at $299.

The event typically raises more than $220,000 with about half of the money given to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society to help the charitable organisation provide financial help to breast cancer patients as well as mammogram vouchers for those not covered or unable to afford one. The rest of the proceeds are used by the Breast Cancer Foundation in support of ongoing wellness programmes, support groups, training and equipment, and year-round awareness programmes.

Visit breastcancerfoundation.ky, or email info@breastcancerfoundation.ky.

Brenda Tibbetts Lund 5K and 10K Memorial run/walk

(Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct.14)

Dust off your sneakers for the 21st annual Brenda Tibbetts 5K and 10K Memorial run/walk. This year’s walk/run starts at Kaibo Restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 6, and from Seven Mile Beach on Sunday, Oct. 14. Registration for both runs is at 5:30 a.m. and is $25; $10 for ages 8-12 years.

The walk/run was originally organised in memory of Brenda Tibbetts-Lund who lost her battle with breast cancer. The run aims to not only raise money to help those in the fight against breast cancer, but also to promote the importance of early detection.

Hosted by the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, funds raised go towards the service club’s breast cancer projects, which include vouchers for mammogram for those unable to afford one and subsidising a broad range of costs relating to patient care, from travel expenses to prosthetic breast forms and bras to help restore self-confidence.

Over the years, the club has sponsored more than 10,000 mammograms, enabling women to proactively asses their breast health. Register online at www.caymanactive.com, or call 936-1739.

Pilates for Pink

(Saturday, Oct. 13)

ENERGY Essential Fitness hosts a fitness class in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event is being held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Arts & Recreation Centre, Camana Bay.

Guests are invited to bring a mat and wear pink to join a fun workout, with prizes awarded throughout the class.

The class is priced at $30 per person, with all proceeds benefitting the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. For details and to register call 946-6006 or email info@energycayman.com.

Dress Down Dress Pink Day

(Friday, Oct. 26)

Everyone is being invited to dress down and don their best pink garb to mark Beast Cancer Awareness Month on Friday, Oct. 26. The event is organised annually by the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens to help raise awareness of the disease, offer mammogram vouchers to those who would not ordinarily be able to afford one, and aid survivors throughout the year.

Dress down pink t-shirts are available from the Pink Shop in Elizabethan Square, or from the breast cancer awareness website www.lctgbreastcancerawareness.com by clicking on the Order Form tab at the top of the homepage.

Be breast aware

Throughout the month of October, the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens are also hosting a series of awareness meetings, designed to help sensitise everyone to the importance of early screening for breast cancer in order to save lives. For a full list of meetings visit www.lctgbreastcancerawareness.com. To contact the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens email bcawareness@gmail.com, or call 936-1739.

The Breast Cancer Foundation is reaching out directly to those who are diagnosed with breast cancer and need help; be it emotional and/or financial. If you know someone in need of assistance, please contact info@breastcancerfoundation.ky or call 923 1135.