Last week I was invited by my blogger friend Samira from Stylemesamira.com to attend an event at the Outlets at Orange in Orange, CA (outside of LA, Orange county) to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation through out the entire month of October, called “Mission Pink” (#MissionPink). I’m sure you have heard that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and a lot of people have been donning pink (or some purple) in support.
Ever since I was in high school, I was taking part of “Team Walk for Cancer Care” in my hometown, and we would fundraise and walk every year for Cancer research and awareness. As a graduate student and scientist working on biochemistry research, I am fully supportive of raising awareness and funds for research for breast cancer – a particularly tough disease that affects more people than you would expect. Did you know that one case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes?! The statistics are astonishing, and while I do not directly do breast cancer research, laboratories need funding in order to make the breakthroughs and finding cures! Basic research (and translational research) is so important in determining mechanisms and proteins involved in disease pathology, that government cuts in funding are only pushing us back in eventually finding cures.
Simon, the parent corporation for the Outlets at Orange, set up several events throughout the month to raise funds, with a guaranteed donation minimum of $250,000 (Score! Do you know how much research that can fund?!?! Amazing!) to fund research and “support women, men and families suffering from breast cancer, and move toward a world with no breast cancer,” said Dr. Judy Salerno, Komen President and CEO.
The event I went to was a Mission Pink – Yelp Elite Combined event, with a cool fashion show in which models from various retailers at the Outlets displayed pops of pink color to show their support in Mission Pink. There was free food, music, open bar, and various raffles and contests to win free stuff! It was rather cool! There was also a “wall of strength,” in which a $1 donation, survivors, families and friends wrote their message of strength on a laminated “brick” and posted their picture.
Not only during this event but throughout the rest of the month the Wall of Strength is on display outside of the AMC Court (where this event was held), that has a pink display and randomly selected shoppers will be surprised with Mission Pink treats! So get shopping! There is also a voucher program going on, where $10 voucher cards are available, that will offer 25% off one item at participating retailers and all (100%!!) of proceeds will benefit Komen. How great.
Do I think that there will ever be a single cure-all for cancer? No. But I do believe in personalized medicine, which can target each person’s unique case, as no two cases of cancer are identical. This is already in effect for various types of cancer, and would be wonders to target different cases of breast cancer. If we have the money to do this research, we can cure breast cancer. We can turn this into a world with no cancer! The government just has to prioritize where the funding should go – but until then, we can all contribute to funding for breast cancer research.
Info on The Outlets at Orange if you are in the LA area:
www.theoutletsatorangelc.om, twitter: @outletsatorange and facebook.com/outletsatorange.
All opinions are 100% by me, I was not paid to write this post, but invited to the event and felt it is important to spread the word!
Do let me know your thoughts. Have you or a loved one been affected by breast cancer or any other type of cancer? Do you wish more funding went towards research? Have you been to any other events for breast cancer awareness this month? Let me know in the comments below!
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This is such a great post, dear Andrea! I am wearing pink for the whole month in honor of this awareness, cause I know people who died because of breast cancer. And donations, campaigns, events, they are good not only to raise awareness, but to fund research. I am very glad that you were there and that you wrote about this now, cause this is a topic that is so important. I see people just thinking of themselves, and I am not judging, who am I to do so, but I think that a little help gives a lot, to the ones who share information and to the ones who can benefit from research – it means, all of us. Really such a fantastic post, I can't tell you how much I loved it, seriously! Hope you have a great week, dear Andrea!
Hi Andrea! Long time no seen, I moved to Taiwan and the move has been good but tough so sorry I haven’t been active but I’m back now and am excited to catch up! 😉
It’s wonderful you are such an active supporter, knowing there is so many people doing everything possible to find a solution is what gives hope and pushes people to keep fighting. I agree, it is super important to spread the word. ❤
Ps: I am very happy to hear that you liked Barcelona btw 😉
x Josune, Your Beauty Script ❤
Great cause. Glad to know your contributions.
My dad's side was affected by cancer. Both men and women. Its a devastating disease. so much money goes into this. I hope cures come soon. So many people are affected.
Andrea, thank you for this post. Yes, different types of cancer run in my family, though thankfully no one has died from them. It's wonderful thinking about a future time when we don't have to watch loved ones suffer from cancer or worry that we may develop it as well. Looks like a fun event! Love those pink flowers in the bowls!
It's such a great initiative and cause to support. The event looks like it was good as well.
International Foodie Files
What a wonderful initiative! I really hope they succeed in raising as much money as possible!
The statics are indeed worrisome, Andrea! I'm glad this kind of campaigns exists. Gorgeous event!! Have a lovely weekend, Andrea!
Ira / JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN
such a good event. I have known several people over the years who have battled breast cancer. I definitely support events like this, too!
what a fantastic event!
I love the post! Have a nice day:)
This is such a lovely post,
i adore your style so much!
Keep up that great style
with love your AMELY ROSE