In Loudoun County, fundraising for breast cancer research and support for patients and survivors are year-round efforts with a host of community organizations and volunteers working to raise awareness of the needs.
But they really get rolling in October, which is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are a few of the month’s highlights.
This week, the students at Broad Run High School are going full pink. DECA students for months have been planning a series of daily school-wide events to support the Loudoun Breast Health Network. They call it PINK project. The school’s athletes are getting involved as well, with a Powder Puff flag football tournament and a Dig Pink volleyball game on Thursday and a pink-themed basketball game verses Park Dale High School on Friday. The work culminates Oct. 21 with theBroad Run High School Dance for a Cure—adance marathon where students and their families will dance and play games to help raise money and collect donations for LBHN. For details, go to lbhn.org.
A long-running Middleburg tradition is the Cherry Blossom Walk, Run, and Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer, which will mark its 10th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 16.Known as Nanette’s Walk, in memory of Nanette White of Middleburg, the race starts at 1 p.m. at the Foxcoft School campus. On-site registration opens at 11:30 a.m. The event attracts hundreds of participants—including the entire Foxcroft student body. During the past decade, the all-volunteer Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation has granted almost $750,000 to local organizations to help women with breast cancer. For details, go to cherryblossombreastcancerfoundation.org.
Also in its 10th year, the Loudoun Breast Health Network on Nov. 10 will hold a Tea and Fashion Show for survivors and friends at the Carver Center in Purcellville. Dr. Virginia Chiantella, a Loudoun breast surgeon, will be the speaker. Tickets are $20. See lbhn.org for details.