Treasuring Your Chest: 8 Ways to Locally Support Breast Cancer Research


Racing for the Cure

Treasuring Your Chest: 8 Ways to Locally Support Breast Cancer Research | Duluth Moms Blog

I’ll never forget my first “Race for The Cure” I ever participated in… My aunt lived in Peoria, IL and once a year my mom would pack the car up to head our family south to go visit. One year in particular our mom’s decided to sign us up to participate in Susan G. Komen’s “Race For The Cure”. Mind you, I was a mere middle schooler at this time and oblivious to the problems that may reside among my chest one day. My problems never drifted farther than an occasional pimple and bad grades. 

There were so many pink bibs. Hundreds and hundreds of people had signed up for this race and the crowd was flooded with pink. People were in tutu’s and pink hair dazzled to stand out. Many wore bibs that stated “In memory of” or “Survivor”. My immature and sheltered self had not realized that there are hundreds of thousands of cancerous cases each year. The crowd represented women battling to save their lives, some battling to even save their breasts. According to the U.S. Breast Cancer Organization, “1 out of every 8 women will develop an invasive case of Breast Cancer throughout the course of her life”. 

As I’ve grown older I learned to personally know and love women that fought or continue to bravely fight the fight against this cancer. My best friend went under the knife at the mere age of 18 to these related circumstances and it opened my eyes forever. I respect the organizations that are raising money to fund the research for a cure. I spend the extra money (especially) in October on anything pink that donates every little bit to the cause. Do you know or have known someone that had bravely fought? Tag them in this post to show women just how common this cancer is, and consider giving to help advance cancer the research. I have put together the Top 8 ways or organizations you can locally donate to help fund research for a cure that are near and dear to my heart. Let’s spread the word and help to save the Ta Ta’s.

Treasuring Your Chest: 8 Ways to Locally Support Breast Cancer Research | Duluth Moms Blog

1.) Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition 

How can you be involved? This organization is made up solely of volunteers. Many of the women who dedicate their time have been personally affected by Breast cancer. Help take action for the women that are currently fighting or about to be fighting this disease. Contact their legislators to advocate for more funding for breast cancer research or help work to pass legislation that mandates treatment coverage for uninsured patients.

2.) Hope Chest

Donate. Volunteer. Shop. There are many ways to get involved with Hope Chest. Donate your gently loved items of all kinds to the Hope Chest resale shops to help raise money. Proceeds from the sales will aid assistance to breast cancer patients and their families in our communities. Volunteer in their stores or at events they host. Last but not least, what all women love to do… shop! Shop until you drop with no guilt attached when you know it is all going to a good cause.

3.) Susan G Komen Race For the Cure (MN)

Make a donation or join in the fun with the Race for The Cure like I did. This 5k race is designed for all ages and celebrates survivors of Breast Cancer. Many wear outfits in celebration of their loved ones who were taken too soon. There is also merchandise you can purchase to help raise money and they are good quality. I’m pretty sure I still own the towel I got when I was a teenager from one of these races!

4.) Circle of Hope Duluth

This organization is on a mission to aid patients battling breast cancer in financial burden with their (cancer) medical related bills. Many who are battling this disease can not work and Circle of Hope is constantly striving to help. 

5.) Women Rock Event (Duluth, MN)

Women Rock is a special fundraising event that supports the fight against breast cancer. Women Rock with be featured by Lundeen Productions in the Women’s Expo on March 3, 2018. All proceeds from this fundraising will go to St. Luke’s.

6.) Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer

After 26 years, Barb Hoag has been fundraising to support breast cancer patients of Duluth/Superior hospitals. This fundraiser has also annually been held to raise money to continually purchase the book Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul. The event is coming up quickly on October 21st and 22nd held at Country Lanes. 

7.) FIT4MOM Twin Ports Breast Cancer Fundraiser Class 

FIT4MOM Twin Ports will be hosting a Stroller Strides fitness class on Saturday, October 22nd in honor of the patients that have battled or are currently battling breast cancer. It is encouraged to dress in pink to show your support! There will be a playgroup to follow for the families that attend to make cards to give out to local Duluth patients. These are made with the intention to uplift them as they are receiving chemo or treatment. Dads or other family members are welcome to join as Saturdays are “Family Class” days.

8.) Miller Hill Mall’s “Bowling For a Cure”

This annual fundraising event will be hosted on October 13th, 3:30pm-6:30pm at Skyline Lanes following the successful one they did in last Spring. Miller Hill Mall is committed to raising funds to help support the fight against breast cancer by encouraging shoppers and employees to support Susan G. Komen’s mission at 180 Simon properties nationwide.


As a reminder, there is a beginning, middle and end to a journey of every woman who has personally been affected by this disease. There are so many ways you can help contribute with or without donating money to show your support. Join us, as we spread awareness of the disease and raise money to help contribute to research for a cure.

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Meet Sarah Anne; She is an endorphin chasing adventurer. Believer in the power of positivity. Raised down South, but she grew wise up North. Happily married to a beautiful soul. Currently on a mission to do adventures vs. collecting things. You will catch her and the family (yes,even the toddler!) strapped to a snowboard on Spirit Mountain. She's convinced sunshine, a good cup of coffee and exercise can cure anything. If obtained unlimited expendable cash, she would use it for traveling and wandering through thrift stores. You will most often find her exploring places around this beautiful city with her two littles, Ara (2) and Orion (5 months) in tow. Passionate hairstylist turned stay at home mom for the present. You will mostly find her family outdoors no matter what season it is, chasing both sunrises in their backyard and sunsets throughout the city. You can catch almost all of their adventures through her Instagram.