ScientIST: Breast Cancer Organizations in LA

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We conclude our ScientIST series for October focused on Breast Cancer Awareness.

As we bring our special ScientIST series on Breast Cancer Awareness to a close (you can find earlier articles here and here), we encourage you to remember that October was getting the message out; the fight to find a cure (or cures) to this disease continues in laboratories and hospitals and homes year-round. Check out the following local organizations that tirelessly support breast cancer awareness, outreach, and fundraising.

Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance (LABCA): "LABCA is a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping in the eradication of breast cancer through advocacy, education, and community involvement." Features information on breast cancer and breast health, legislative issues, and support groups.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, LA County: "The Los Angeles County Affiliate raises funds to support local breast cancer services and national breast cancer research programs. A major focus is to help women who have symptoms of breast cancer but cannot afford diagnostic work or treatment - either because they do not have health insurance or because their insurance company will not pay. Of all breast cancer foundations, Komen is the only organization where 75% of the net proceeds stay in the communities where they are raised. " Provides grants (and grant writing workshops) to the community and offers a multitude of ways to volunteer and contribute via fundraising throughout the year.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - Los Angeles: Start your training now for the LA event and walk either a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over two days (September 12-13, 2009) and raise a minimum of $1800 for access to care and breast cancer research.

City of Hope's Uncover The Cure - The Underwear Affair: Not technically for breast cancer, this 5K walk or 10K run held August 1, 2009 allows participants to strip down to their skivvies in the name of "below the belt" cancers like prostate, colorectal, ovarian, testicular, bladder, cervical, and uterine. If getting sweaty and seeing your friends and loved ones (and random strangers for that matter) in next-to-nothing seems less awesome than you'd like, remember that proceeds go to supporting research for a cure and that's totally worth the image of your co-worker's pasty beer belly burned irrevocably in your brain.