October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some scheduled events only occur during this month, while others continue throughout the year.
Anne Arundel County Department of Health
Free mammograms and breast exams: The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers free mammograms and breast exams to eligible Anne Arundel County women. For more information about free breast exams and mammograms, call 410-222-6180 or visit www.learntolivehealthy.org.
Free women’s health kit: The Department of Health’s Learn To Live Program offers a free women’s health kit to Anne Arundel County residents. The kit includes information on cancer screenings, healthy lifestyle tips and other women’s health topics. To receive a Women’s Health Kit, call 410-222-7979 or visit www.learntolivehealthy.org.
Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Look Good, Feel Better Workshop: The first-floor conference room at the Tate Cancer Center at BWMC, 305 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie, is a designated site for American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program. This program is free for adults of all genders and ages who are dealing with appearance changes (hair loss and/or skin changes) from cancer treatment. Classes are taught by licensed beauty professionals (cosmetologists, aestheticians and nail technicians). During this workshop, you will learn specific techniques to enhance your appearance. The program takes place the third Monday of every month. The remaining dates in 2017 are Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 1-800-227-2345. For more information, call BWMC’s community outreach department at 410-553-8103. To learn more about this program and/or access their online resources, visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.
Therapeutic yoga: BWMC offers free therapeutic yoga to its cancer survivors and their caregivers on a weekly basis. No prior yoga experience is necessary. Come enjoy a gentle healing yoga session with floor yoga or chair yoga and deep breathing. Registration is preferred, but drop-ins are accepted. Please bring water. The classes are held in the Executive Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 128, every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Please call 410-302-7663 to register. Visit instructor Kelli Bethel’s website at www.tafiyayoga.com for more information.
Cancer support: The Survivorship Program at BWMC’s Tate Cancer Center provides comprehensive care to patients who have completed treatment for cancer at BWMC. Led by a nurse practitioner, the team includes the treating providers, an oncology social worker, a registered dietitian and rehabilitation therapists. The program focuses on education, symptom management and health promotion, and helps connect cancer survivors with import resources to support their recovery. For more information about this and other services or to make an appointment, call 410-553-8146 or visit www.mybwmc.org/cancer-survivorship.
BRUNCH4STAGE4: This is a fun first-time fundraiser for Leslie’s Week, a nonprofit organization which provides vacations for Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer patients and their families. The nonprofit organization began with a collection of vacation homes in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and has expanded to include hotel resorts and vacation homes nationwide. The brunch includes mimosas, bloody marys, silent and live auctions, and Billy Lord Entertainment. The Brunch4Stage4 event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St. in Annapolis. Attire is casual, and tickets are $100 per person. For more information, call 410-263-5598 or visit www.lesliesweek.org.
The Red Devils
Laurie De Young Bosom Buddy Girls Night Out: This 17th annual event raises funds and awareness for The Red Devils, an organization which offers support services to improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families.The Bosom Buddy evening is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Rams Head Center Stage at Live Casino and Hotel, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. It is a fun, unique celebration, featuring an evening of food, music and friendship. Tickets are $75 to $125. Attendees must be ages 21 or older. A general admission ticket includes a dinner buffet, dessert, two free drinks and a performance from rising country artist Russell Dickerson. VIP tickets are also available, which include a pre-event reception and meet-and-greet with Dickerson in The Prime Rib. For more information and tickets, visit www.the-red-devils.org.