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Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Events in West County

From galas to walks to shopping, here's how you can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause in west Anne Arundel County.

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. Check out the list below of opportunities to go pink in Odenton, Severn and beyond:

The Transformations Fitness in Odenton is promoting its 9th year of participating in the Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure. You are not required to join the gym to participate in the team. Last year, the gym raised more than $100,000 and earned special recognition for its high level of members. 

On Oct. 6, the gym will host a two-hour Zumba party, with proceeds going to the team's fundraising goal. The cost is $20. Sign up by stopping by the gym or getting a flyer on the gym's Facebook page.  

Future of Fitness in Crofton will hold a "Bootcamp for Boobies" on Oct. 27. The group has partnered with Sugan G. Komen for a Cure to hold an exercise marathon and raise money for breast cancer research. You can sign up to complete four hours of bootcamps—a different bootcamp every hour—and have people sponsor your effort. You can sign up here. A minimum donation of $200 is required. 

Odenton Ace Hardware is having a "pink bucket" sale on Oct. 6 to support breast cancer causes. 

Crofton Bike Doctor is urging participation in the TrekWomen Breast Cancer Awareness Ride on Oct. 13. There are 10-mile and 25-mile rides, and it costs $25 to take part. Click here to register. 

Arundel Mills will host a health fair on Oct. 5 in conjunction with Baltimore Washington Medical Center. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., women can stop by and get free breast cancer screenings and a Women's Health Kit. The kit features information on breast cancer prevention, plus a free cutting board (for fruits and veggies) and healthy recipes.

In addition to these local events, Maryland residents will be participating in the Brides Against Breast Cancer's wedding dress fashion show in Baltimore, as well as the Beyond the Pink Breast Cancer Hike at Sugarloaf Mountain. 

There are even more ways to spread breast cancer awareness this month by supporting 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.

The American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is organized nationwide and so far more than 8 million people have walked for this cause and raised about $460 million.

And you can join people from four continents in a Race for the Cure event organized by Susan G. Komen For The Cure, or an Avon Walk For Breast Cancer event organized by the Avon Foundation for Women.

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.

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