October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness about the impacts of breast cancer, as well as fundraise for cancer research. There are global and national groups raising funds for cancer research, such as the Breast Cancer Research Fund or the American Cancer Society, which help patients get access to the appropriate and vital care they need to fight their diagnosis.
Amongst New Jersey women, breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosis and is the second leading cause of cancer death, according to NJ.gov. Approximately 7,350 New Jersey women receive a breast cancer diagnosis each year. To help fight these statistics, we have rounded up a list of northern and central New Jersey events and fundraisers for breast cancer awareness happening this month.
These events are included editorially as a community resource. The Hoboken Girl is not affiliated with any of the following events. For the most up-to-date information, including any cancellations due to inclement weather, contact the host directly.
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Prime Cycle + Body Fundraiser | 86 River St, Hoboken
October 1st – October 31st
For the month of October, Prime Cycle + Body will be having a Breast Cancer Dedication Wall in their studio. Members can dedicate any of their workouts to a loved one touched by breast cancer by writing their name on a pink ribbon and adding it to the wall. They will also be collecting donations with their Pink Jar in the studio and donating $1 every time you wear pink to class and every time a ribbon is added to their Dedication Wall.
Hair for Hope Fundraiser | 301 1st Street, Jersey City
October 1st – October 31st
All month long, Lakoet Salon will be offering clients $20 pink hair extensions. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and each participating customer will receive a complementary, house-made soap.
Dr. Julie DiGioia’s Trick Tray | 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City
Thursday October 6th | 6PM – 9PM
Join in on a fight night at Zeppelin Hall to raise money for breast cancer research. Tickets include participation in the basket Tricky Tray, one drink ticket, $25 in raffle tickets, and a votive candle to honor and remember those we have lost to breast cancer. Jersey Sound will be performing. Survivor tickets are free, and donations outside of ticket purchases are appreciated. Get a ticket here.
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk | 6808 Park Avenue, Guttenberg
Saturday October 8th | 10AM – 2PM
The township of North Bergen and the town of Guttenberg, in conjunction with Hackensack Meridian Palisades Medical Center, are organizing a Breast Cancer Awareness walk starting from Guttenberg Town Hall and ending at Waterfront Park in North Bergen, where there will be an outdoor health event including giveaways, games, prizes, a live DJ, and information on health care services. Register here or donate online.
Making an Impact Breast Cancer Awareness Walk | 402 Kearny Avenue, Kearny
Saturday October 8th | 10:00AM
The walk will start a ribbon cutting with Mayor Albert G. Santos at 10AM, then will leave from Kearny Town Hall at 10:30AM. More info here.
Making Strides of Jersey City Presented by Goya | Liberty State Park, Jersey City
Sunday October 9th | 9AM
The American Cancer Society started their Making Strides program to unify communities in the fight against breast cancer. Participants can join a team or fly solo and recruit sponsors for their walk. The event serves as an uplifting way to celebrate survivors and raise money for those still fighting. Sign up here.
Breast Cancer Awareness Event by Hudson Regional Hospital | 55 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus
Sunday October 9th | 10AM – 1PM
This event includes discussions on breast cancer awareness led by top physicians and industry experts, complimentary brunch, free health screenings, a raffle, and a Q&A with medical experts. Sign up here.
Breast Cancer Fundraiser at CycleBar Hoboken | 720 Monroe St Suite C301, Hoboken
October 15th | 10:15AM
All donations raised at this spin class in Hoboken will go to Andrea Baiori’s team participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. There is a suggested donation of $25 to reserve a bike. To sign up, riders should email email@example.com to receive the sign up form and information to donate. The Venmo account @CBHBKN is also open to collect donations if anyone is interested in donating even if they aren’t riding.
Thrift to Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer at St. Mary’s Advocates Hoboken Thrift Shop | 536 Garden Street, Hoboken
October 19th – 22nd
All sale proceeds from Oct 19th-22nd will be donated to Susan G. Komen, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and the American Cancer Society. Learn more here.
Beyond Hudson County
Breast Cancer Awareness Pop Up Shop | 424 Carmita Avenue, Rutherford
Saturday October 8th | 12PM – 4PM
Enjoy an afternoon of shopping at the small business pop-up that will benefit breast cancer awareness. There will be music, shopping, and more. Survivors will be given a free goodie bag. Sign up here.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Blood Drive | 33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany
Tuesday October 11th | 8:30AM – 2:30PM
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be welcomed. Find more info here.
Let’s Talk Women’s Health + Wellness | 1 Center Street, Newark
Saturday, October 15th | 8AM – 4:30PM
This all-day gathering at NJPAC is about well-being and living healthy, inspired by Deb Belfatto. It will have a panel discussion with experts, resources, real-life stories, breakout sessions, and even a dance party. Click here to learn more.
Pop Up 4 Breast Cancer | 1000 Aaron Road, North Brunswick
Sunday October 16th | 11AM – 5PM
Lamor Events is having their second annual pop-up event for breast cancer. The event will double as a pop-up shop for local vendors and a walk-in paint & sip. Painting sessions are two hours long, and attendees can arrive any time from 12PM to 3PM. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be donated to the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick. They will also be helping a Breast Cancer Thriver through treatment. You can click here to learn more.
The Pink Gala | 16 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Hanover
Friday October 14th | 8PM – 11:30PM
All proceeds from this event will go toward local breast cancer organizations. The Ariagna Perello Foundation is also raising money for Chemo Care Packages, which will include hydration lotion, hand and foot care, lip care, and more. 100% of the money raised will go toward breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Get tickets here.
Making Strides of Newark | Mulberry Commons Park, Newark
Sunday October 16th | 10AM
This event will be held at Mulberry Commons Park in Newark. Sign up here.
Making Strides of Bergen County | MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Saturday October 22nd | 8AM
This event will be held at MetLife in East Rutherford. Sign up here.
Making Stride of Central New Jersey | 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison
Sunday October 23rd | 8:30AM Check-in
This event will be held at Middlesex Community College. Sign up here.
Gold Women’s Wellness Event | 440 Franklin Street, Bloomfield
Thursday October 27 | 5PM – 7:30PM
An evening of health and wellness to acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness month will include a panel discussion of experts to discuss health, wellness, and breast cancer support. A live yoga class and makeup and beauty demos will also take place. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Buy tickets here.
Support Our Girls Virtual Run
Anytime October 1st – October 31st
This 1 mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2 marathon can be completed any time in October 2022! This is the 8th annual Breast Cancer Awareness themed virtual race run by Support Our Girls. They donate at least 15% of every ticket to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and all participants receive a medal upon completion of the run. Sign up here.
2022 Breast Cancer Treatment Update
Tuesday October 25th | 6PM – 7:30PM | Virtual Program
The Cancer Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey present a program featuring physicians from their multidisciplinary breast cancer team. Speakers include the chief of breast surgery at the Rutgers Cancer Institute, the chair of Radiation Oncology at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, and more. Event will be hosted on Zoom. Register here.
New Jersey Breast Cancer Research Fund
The NJ Breast Cancer Research Fund supports innovation research focusing on the causes, prevention, screening, treatment, and cure of breast cancer. Donate today.