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October holds many cancer awareness events

WINDER — This month, pink hair will be less about a rock star fashion statement and more about awareness, less about hip and more about help.

A handful of Winder hair salons will be adding pink highlights to daring patrons’ coifs in October, helping fund a team in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for a Cure.

IN THE BATTLE AGAINST BREAST CANCER, FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

On Oct. 22, Gwinnett Medical Center and the Gwinnett Chamber will host a breakfast forum educating women about breast health.

A panel discussion led by radiologists, oncologists and American Cancer Society officials will cover topics ranging from prevention to detection to cancer research.

The event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Gwinnett Technical Colleges’ Busbee Center.

To RSVP, call 678-312-3452 or visit www.gmc-rsvp.org.

CANCER MINISTRY

W.R. Cannon United Methodist Church in Snellville offers special programs to help cancer survivors and their families deal with the many battles they face.

Cannon UMC is located at 2424 Webb Gin House Road, and serves Snellville, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Grayson and Loganville residents.

For more information, call 770-972-5463.

CANCER SURVIVORS CELEBRATION

On Oct. 26, Gwinnett Medical Center will host its fifth annual Cancer Survivors Celebration at the GMC gallery in Duluth. The free event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and feature entertainment, food and fellowship.

To RSVP or for more information, call Beverly O’Toole through the GMC Foundation at 678-312-8507.

BREAST HEALTH EDUCATION

AND RESOURCE CENTER,

GWINNETT MEDICAL CENTER

• Funded by the American Cancer Society, offers and array of information in various formats

• Offers books, brochures and videos for women undergoing treatments

• Breast cancer support groups the second Wednesday of each month

• For more information, call 678-312-4010

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

• Look Good ... Feel Better programs address the needs of survivors undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, with a cosmetologist demonstrating make-up and hair techniques in a small group setting. Free makeup kits provided.

• Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth, 770-814-0123

BREAST HEALTH NAVIGATORS

Nursing professionals designated to help with clinical, educational and supportive needs.

At Emory Eastside: 770-736-2227

At Gwinnett Medical: 678-312-4010

BREAST HEALTH BOUTIQUES

Offer mastectomy bras, prostheses, wigs and other breast health needs.

At Emory Eastside: Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call at 770-736-2551

At Gwinnett Medical: Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call at 678-312-4001

Stylist Toni Matthey currently works for Hair Gallery on North Broad Street, and will be bringing the years-long tradition to her own salon.

“It’s been really popular the last couple years we’ve done it,” said Matthey, who will open her Trinity Salon & Spa this month. “And it’s really fun. Right now pretty much the whole top of my head is pink.”

Matthey said the “Color for a Cure” idea in Winder started four years ago, when local stylist Kelli Jacobs started rallying the troops. This year, they’re sponsoring the team of Bramlett Elementary school teacher and breast cancer survivor Cindy Hutchins, Matthey said.

“We raise a pretty decent amount of money,” Matthey said. “I know I’m excited about it.”

Joanie Parker Hair Studio on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth will also be featuring a similar event on Saturday, as it hosts its annual “Pink Streak Party.” From 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, a live band and door prizes will welcome in those that wish to pink streaks in their hair, with the $10 charge going to the American Cancer Society.

The studio will also do purple streaks this year, to benefit “any type of cancer,” a spokeswoman said.

Here’s a quick look at a few of the many breast cancer-benefitting October events being held in Gwinnett and the metro Atlanta area:

SATURDAY

• Local group Tutus for Tatas will sponsor the Rock N’ Rib Run for Breast Cancer 5K, hosted in downtown Lawrenceville to kickoff the day’s festivities at the third Annual Rock N’ Rib Fest.

The run begins at 9 a.m.

For more information,

visit www.tutus-for-tatas.com.

• The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer will kickoff its eighth annual event. All funds raised stay in the local Atlanta area to promote breast cancer research and awareness.

For more information, visit www.itsthejourney.org or call 404-531-4111.

• Northside Hospital-Cherokee will host its second annual Breast Health and Cancer Awareness Day at its Canton location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free educational events include discussions led by a host of female physicians.

For more information, visit www.northside.com/locations/cherokee.aspx.

SUNDAY

• Skate-Along-USA will host Pink in the Rink at its Lilburn location at 744 Beaver Ruin Road from 6 to 9 p.m. Fifty percent of admission fees and 100 percent of donations will benefit Komen Atlanta.

For more information, e-mail Chris Roach at chrissyroach@yahoo.com.

OCT. 9

• “A Taste of Hope,” a fashion show, luncheon, and silent auction, will be held at The Bridge Community Church in Buford. Tickets are $40, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk.

Doors open at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.tutus-for-tatas.com.

OCT. 11

• The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund will host its annual “Pink the Green” golf tournament at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski and ESPN commentator Brad Nessler will be among celebrity guests for the tournament, which will be broadcast on 680 the Fan.

For more information, visit www.gabcc.org or call 404-633-6499.

OCT. 22

• The Atlanta version of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure will kickoff it’s three-day, 60-mile walk to raise breast cancer awareness.

The “biggest and boldest breast cancer event in history” raises millions of dollars each year across 15 U.S. cities. For more information, visit www.the3day.org.

OCT. 23

• Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the American Cancer Society’s official walk, will take place at Atlanta Station. A “celebration of survivorship,” funds raised were already approaching $200,000 this week.

For more information, visit www.makingstrides.acsevents.org.

ALL MONTH

• Metro Atlanta Panera Bread locations will be offering “pink ribbon bagels,” ribbon-shaped bagels baked fresh each day. Panera locations in Athens, Gainesville, John’s Creek, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Norcross and Vinings will be donating 10 cents for every ribbon bagel sold to Northside Hospital.