A variety of local activities in October provide the UF Health community an opportunity to offer support to those researching, fighting and surviving breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Making strides against breast cancer
Get out your walking shoes for the 5K that runs pink. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 in downtown Gainesville.
Last year, 500 UF Health employees made up 25 teams and raised more than $17,000. Dollars raised enable the ACS to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by the disease; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.
Visit makingstrideswalk.org/gainesvillefl and search “UF Health” to join a UF Health team or learn more about the event.
Pink pumpkin pedal-off
Help paint the town pink during Nov. 4’s Pink Pumpkin Pedal- Off, a charity bike ride through scenic Gainesville that supports UF researchers at a grassroots level.
Riders can choose from three different routes: 22, 40 or 62.5 miles. All three include a tour of the UF campus, Gainesville’s restored Depot Park and historic areas and the traffic-free Gainesville Hawthorne Trail.
To join a team or to support the event by purchasing a Pink Ribbon Jersey, visit PinkPumpkinPedalOff.org.
Panera goes pink
Panera Goes Pink on Wednesday, Oct. 4, to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All the proceeds from Pink Ribbon Bagels sold in Panera’s Gainesville and Ocala cafes on Oct. 6 will benefit women’s cancer research here at UF Health.
The Pink Ribbon Bagels — available only during this annual event — are flavored with select ingredients, including cherry chips, dried cherries, honey, vanilla and brown sugar and are perfect for sharing with co-workers, friends and family. You can pre-order your bagels, allowing Panera to fulfill the demand for Pink Ribbon Bagels while maximizing the amount to support UF Health Cancer Center breast cancer research.
Download a pre-order form at UFHealth.org/pinkbagels or order online at Panera-tampa.com