The PINK Pages: Where to Shop and What to Do for the Cause


By Caitlin Adams

Save the Date!
This fight won’t end when the sun sets on Oct. 31. The following are a few more events that support breast cancer survivors and research.

The 3-Day, Nov. 9-11 – Take a trip down south and join Susan G. Komen’s Walk for the Cure, a three-day trek to show your commitment to the cause. Held in San Diego, 85 percent of net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Visit

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, March 15 – Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised from the Race for the Cure stay in L.A. County to benefit local breast cancer research foundations and programs. Visit

Bunco for Breast Cancer Cruise, Oct. 13, 2008 – GalaxSea’s Fourth Annual Bunco Cruise sails out of San Diego on a trip to Cabo San Lucas and Ensanada, Mexico, on the Carnival Funship Elation! It’s never too early to start planning, so get your girlfriends together for the five-night trip full of games, laughter and memories. The deposit is $200 per person to reserve a spot, with final payment due by July 31, 2008. For information, visit

If it hasn’t already, breast cancer will almost certainly touch your life at some point. One of every eight women will develop a tumor during her lifetime.

Right now, research and support are the best hope. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some products, organizations, events and services – many with centers in Southern California – that you can support.

Spend Pink

Get Away and Give Back

Need to get away? The island of Oahu has come up with a unique way to raise funds for breast cancer research. Several hotels, clothing brands and travel companies have partnered with the Oahu Visitors Bureau to offer Travel Pink, Travel Oahu room and spa packages. Discover the Hawaiian Islands and the warm aloha spirit, and a portion of your travel dollars will benefit the Susan G. Komen Hawaii Affiliate. For package details, visit

A Pink Pony

Join the fight against breast cancer in a speedy way with Ford Motor Company’s limited edition 2008 V-6 Mustang Warriors in Pink Package, which celebrates Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s 25th anniversary. The package is available in black, white and silver coupe and convertible models and includes pink stitching on black GT seats and the leather-wrapped steering wheel and Mustang pony badging over the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon. Ford will donate $250 from the sale of each Warriors in Pink Mustang directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Availability is limited; for information on pricing or to reserve your Warriors in Pink Mustang, call your local Ford dealer or visit


Support your baby – literally – and breast cancer research with’s MetroWrap™, a comfortable, secure, lightweight and fashionable baby carrier. It comes in four colors and is also available with bling. During October, will donate a percentage of all online sales to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Wraps are available in four colors for $79.99 or Manhattan Black with Bling (four designs) for $129.99. They’re available at Bebe PT (310-305-7100) and Fun Furniture (323-655-2711) in Los Angeles, Bel Bambini (310-855-9272) in West Hollywood and Sequins (310-798-1788) in Manhattan Beach. To contribute to ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, order online at

Pink Flicks

Tonight, let him take the kids out, then make the special popcorn – with real butter – and snuggle up with the cat for a night of movies just for you. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MGM Home Entertainment and Fox Home Entertainment have teamed up to offer their bestselling romantic comedies packaged with pink borders as “DVDs for the Cure.” A portion of sales will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Titles include An Affair to Remember, A Walk in the Clouds, Entrapment, Ever After, In Her Shoes, Legally Blonde, Mermaids, Moulin Rouge, Never Been Kissed, Say Anything, Thelma & Louise and There’s Something About Mary. Suggested price is $14.98 each. Cat not included. Available at CostCo locations and online at

The Skinny on Pink

Delivering 20 grams of protein and 18 essential vitamins and minerals, with only two effective net carbs per bar, thinkThin Pink bars are a healthy snack and pack a nutritional wallop. And from now through May 2008, thinkproducts will donate 15 cents for each thinkThin Pink bar purchased to the Susan G. Komen foundation. A box of 10 bars, $17, is available online at

Cases with Class

Help fund breast cancer research with your purchase of the pink sport armband for the iPod nano (available for $24.99 at and $32.99 at Best Buy) and pink "Hope" Remix Metal case for the iPod nano ($24.99, available at and Best Buy). From now through Jan. 31, Belkin will donate 10 percent of the retail price to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Stepping Up

New Balance has been a partner and official sponsor of Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer for the past 18 years. This year they’ll donate 15 percent of wholesale sales from the Lace Up for the Cure® Apparel & Footwear Collection to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Visit  for information about where to purchase products from the collection, including the New Balance Women’s 767 running shoe ($95.95), the official shoe of the Race for the Cure (March 15, Los Angeles), or the Women’s 844 athletic walking shoe ($104.95), official shoe of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day (Nov. 9-11, San Diego).

Breast Support is the Best Support

Are you one of the eight out of 10 American women wearing the wrong size bra? Does it pinch, tickle, sag or bunch? Wacoal, a leading designer of intimate apparel, appreciates the challenge of finding the right fit for every shape. Join their next Fit for the Cure® event at a Macy’s or Bloomingdales near you and receive a complimentary fitting from a Wacoal fit specialist in any Wacoal, DKNY Underwear or Donna Karen Intimates bra. For every fitting, Wacoal will donate $2 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, no purchase necessary. If you do decide to purchase, they will donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal, DKNY Underwear or Donna Karen Intimates bra purchased at the events. The Westside Pavilion Macy’s in West Los Angeles (310-475-4911) will hold an event Oct. 5. For a complete listing at other locations, including the Westfield Promenade Macy’s in Woodland Hills (818-313-8844) and Manhattan Village Macy’s in Manhattan Beach (310-546-5525), visit

Breast Health is Mom Health

To raise funds for breast cancer research, MD Moms releases a new gift set, We ª Moms. The set is packaged in an attractive chocolate-brown box (with a pink ribbon) and features the most popular skincare products from its signature line, Baby Silk, including Delicate Skin Comfort Silky Liquid Powder and Daily Skin Protection Moisturizing Balm. All products are great for both moms and babies. The set also includes a Breast Cancer Detection Facts for Life card from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and a waterproof Breast Self Examination Shower Card. MD Moms will donate 15 percent of proceeds from the sale of each We Ó Moms gift set to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For information, visit

Pink Boutique

Visit p.i.n.k. in Hermosa Beach, a one-of-a-kind boutique carrying chic clothes, jewelry and accessories where 100 percent of the profits are donated to breast cancer research. Hot tip: This place makes an excellent resource for dads for Valentine’s gifts and anniversary shopping. p.i.n.k. is open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is located at 238 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Call 310-374-3615, or visit

By the Book

The Pink Project is a charity photobook dedicated to survivors of breast cancer and sexual violence. It features contributions and artwork from celebrities, cancer survivors, activists and a foreword by Tori Amos. A portion of proceeds from the sale of books benefits the Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance ( ). To purchase The Pink Project book online, visit Price is $35.

Do Pink

Boards for Breasts

Monica Steward was just 26 years old in 1994  when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She died two years later. Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) was formed when, a month before she died, Steward told four close friends (the organization’s co-founding members) how frustrated she was that youth culture was so ignorant about the prevalence of breast cancer. The nonprofit organization seeks to educate, inform and involve the younger generation through fundraising at music and board sports events. Look for them Oct. 6 at Skate the Lake Comes to the Coast in Santa Monica ( ). Visit  for information on outreach and events or to learn more about the organization.

Hike for Support

Join Expedition Inspiration and women of all ages for the 12th annual Take-A-Hike trek at Paramount Ranch in the hills above Malibu Oct. 13. Get your girlfriends together, gather pledges and then take a hike! The best part is that the funds raised stay in L.A., benefiting the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center/Lee Breast Center. Participants receive a T-shirt, goodie bag and Tribute Flag to dedicate to a friend or loved one. For information, visit

Blow-dry Blues for Breasts

Do you ever wonder how hair stylists always manage to blow-dry your hair to that perfect silky sheen? You’ve bought the ‘infusion’ and ‘enrichment’ products and tried to reproduce the supermodel glow in front of your bathroom mirror, but it’s just not the same.  Soldier, it’s time to fall in. Take those split ends into your own hands and enlist in the Manu International Styling Salon’s first Blow-Dry Boot Camp on Oct. 16. The minimum suggested donation is $10, and funds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programs. Manu International Styling Salon is at 2920 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. Refreshments will be provided. To reserve a space, call 310-829-2554.

Purchase for Pink

Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide will participate in their eighth annual Key to the Cure Oct. 18-21, with a percentage of all sales donated to local research foundations through the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Visit

Pink is the New Green

Come out for a gala evening of couture, allure and verdure to benefit the cause. The Los Angeles Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will present the seventh annual Fashion for the Cure “Think Pink And Green” 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Two Rodeo, Beverly Hills’ premier shopping and dining destination. McCormick & Schmick’s will host the event with an array of organic appetizers complemented by wines provided by Agua Dulce Vineyards. The evening will feature live entertainment, a silent auction and a fashion show highlighting Los Angeles models and the couture collection of Los Angeles-based green designer Deborah Lindquist. Tickets are $100 per person; VIP tickets are $150 per person and include reserved VIP table seating, a deluxe gift and two raffle tickets. For information, visit  

Something Old, Something New

Just in time for October, Brides Against Breast Cancer is making an L.A. stop on its annual nationwide tour. You can donate new or previously worn bridal gowns or volunteer to help coordinate or assist at these events. Brides-to-be, if your happy day is on the horizon, you can shop at one of these boutiques. Proceeds from sales go toward granting wishes for women with terminal breast cancer. Hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Oct. 27. For information visit 



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mal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 12pt">Los Angeles Breast Cancer – This nonprofit is dedicated to the eradication of breast cancer through community education, outreach programs, patient and survivor support networks and medical research funding. The site also provides extensive resources in the Los Angeles County region for additional medical, legal, nutritional or advisory needs relating to the treatment and survival of breast cancer.

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mal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 12pt">National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Provides the history and background of NBCAM as well as medical resources and information on clinical trials.

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mal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 12pt">American Breast Cancer Foundation – Provides direct financial assistance to uninsured women and men for the purpose of breast cancer screenings and mammograms.

Breast Cancer – Includes advocacy, information and outreach resources on environmental concerns regarding breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Research – Raises significant funds for breast cancer research through partnerships with global companies and the participation of individual communities in sponsoring, hosting and attending local events.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer – Publications, research study resources, clinical trial information and teleconferencing for patients recently diagnosed or living with breast cancer, as well as survivors of breast cancer.

Making Memories Breast Cancer – Raises funds through various charity projects to grant wishes of terminally ill women living with breast cancer.

National Breast Cancer Coalition – Political grassroots advocacy group dedicated to lobbying government on national, state and local levels about the public policy elements that affect the fight against breast cancer.

National Breast Cancer – Raising funds to provide free mammograms for uninsured patients on the community level, such as the White Memorial Medical Center in downtown L.A. Resources also include Beyond the Shock, a comprehensive informational media guide for patients just diagnosed with breast cancer.

Pink for – Site encourages bloggers and Webmasters to stimulate Webcommunity awareness and participation by changing sites’ page designs to incorporate the color pink.

Young Survival – Provides information on research and clinical trials and a comprehensive database of resources. Site also offers free nationwide teleconferencing with healthcare professionals.