Pink products abound during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Traditional fall tones of red, orange and brown are no more. Pink is the season's hottest color.

Don't believe me? Look around: everywhere you turn, the light hue is shining. And with good reason - pink is the new color of power. It represents the battle against breast cancer, and is more abundant than ever during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

At one time, pink ribbons were the only option for showing support for breast cancer research. This pink season, though, ushers in a multitude of pink products, from T-shirts to vacuums and cars. Yes, cars.

To ring in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's 25th anniversary, Ford has launched the Warriors in Pink campaign. As part of their efforts, they are offering a limited-edition 2008 V6 Mustang Pink Package. The coupe or convertible comes equipped with pink rocker tape striping on the sides, pink stitching on the seat and steering wheel, breast cancer awareness floor mats and the Mustang pony symbol over a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.

A portion of all sales of the Mustang will be donated to the Komen foundation. For more information, visit www.fordvehicles.com.

Cancer sucks - literally. Dyson, makers of the ultra-powerful, bagless vacuum, have brought to market the DC 07 Pink. The vacuum features all the greatness of Dyson, including being certified as asthma-friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. A portion of all sales will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which currently funds more than 100 researchers throughout the world. The DC 07 Pink is available exclusively at Target for $399 through October.

Polaroid is aiming to capture a world sans cancer with its "Picture a World Without Breast Cancer" crusade. The company has teamed with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to unveil a line of pink digital cameras. An online site has also been created for individuals to share pictures and stories of struggle and survival with the disease.

Pink cameras are available in the i631 and i735 models, which offer anti-shake features and faster shot-to-shot speed. The site will accept submissions through Dec. 31, and the photos will become part of a collage banner to be unveiled in New York City on Valentine's Day 2008. Proceeds from camera sales, as well as a $150,000 donation from Polaroid, will go to the foundation. Cameras are sold at area Target and Wal-Mart stores. Visit www.polaroid.com/pictureaworld.

To recognize the more than 2 million women nationwide affected by breast cancer, OPI has developed the Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer. OPI has also made a donation of $25,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Pink of Hearts polish will be available for $7.50 at area stores including Ulta, Dillard's, JCPenney, Regis and Trade Secret. Visit www.opi.com.

Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk is here

After months of preparations and planning, the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk is finally here. Opening ceremonies for the walk begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday at North Point Mall in Alpharetta. The walk will weave its way through the metro area and end Sunday with closing ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. in Piedmont Park.

Cheering sections will be open along the walking route for family and friends to support the walkers. In Gwinnett, cheering sections will be open from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Oreck Vacuums Store, 5005 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, and from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Duluth Monarch School, 3057 Main St., Duluth.

For more information about the walk, visit www.the3day.org.

Speedway to host ride to save babies

The 16th Annual March of Dimes RIDE to Save Babies fundraiser will be held today at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Ga. Highway 19, Hampton. The entry fee is a $35 minimum donation. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes Georgia. Visit www.marchofdimes.com/georgia.

Festival aims to give pets good homes

Dogtoberfest and Catstravaganza pet adoption event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the LifeLine Animal Project headquarters, 129 Lake St, Avondale Estates. Lifeline Animal Project is a grassroots effort to stop the euthanasia of healthy and treatable cats and dogs in Atlanta area shelters by promoting homeless pet adoptions, spay and neuter programs, and public awareness. Visit www.atlantapets.org.

Aurora to benefit from golf tournament

The Lawrenceville Woman's Club will host the Autumn Open Charity Golf Tournament Monday at Northwood Country Club, 3157 Club Drive, Lawrenceville. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Aurora Theatre and other community projects. Call 770-963-0011 or 770-985-6181.

Robotics team hosts fundraiser

Bots R Us, a FIRST Lego League Robotics Team, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday at Berean Community Center, 2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain. Tickets are $5 each or $20 per household. Call 678-520-9977.

Ride along for research

John's Ride 2007 for Cushing's Awareness will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. The ride will begin at Cycle World, 4225 Atlanta Highway, Athens, and end at The Chop House, 202 S. Main St., Madison. The ride will benefit the Cushing's Support and Research Foundation. Call 770-601-6278.

Walk, run will raise money for Hi-Hope

The Hi-Hope Challenge 5K run and walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hi-Hope Service Center, located at 882 Hi-Hope Road, Lawrenceville. Registration is $20, and will begin at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the center, which provides services for Gwinnett residents with developmental disabilities. Call 770-963-8694 or visit www.hihopecenter.org.

Walk to be held in Stone Mountain Park

Mission Possible: Walk for Wellness LiverWalk 2007 will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Stone Mountain Park. Funds raised will support liver disease research and education. Visit www.active.com.