About the Breast Cancer Walk in Erie, Pennsylvania

By Sabah Karimi

  • Overview

    Breast cancer walks hosted throughout the country help to raise millions of dollars toward breast cancer research and provide funding for breast cancer awareness initiatives. While there is no charity walk in Erie, Pennsylvania, nearby Pittsburgh is home to several hospitals and research centers dedicated to breast cancer research. Residents of Erie, Pennsylvania, can show their support for these organizations and breast cancer charities by participating in a breast cancer walk hosted in Pittsburgh.
  • Types

    Residents of Erie, Pennsylvania, can participate in two major breast cancer walks held in nearby Pittsburgh each year: the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Both events attract thousands of participants and volunteers, and the walks raise several thousand dollars in donations and contributions each year.
  • Major Events

    The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure takes place in May in Pittsburgh, while the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event takes place in October. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure features both a timed race and a fun run/walk, and men, women and children of all ages are eligible to participate. The first Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure was held in 1993 and was organized by National Council of Jewish Women. It has become a Mother's Day tradition for thousands of women and friends of those who have been affected by breast cancer and is one of the largest charity events of the region.


  • Fees

    There is a registration fee involved with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the fee varies depending on the race type and number of participants in a team. The registration fee includes a complimentary T-shirt and access to the special events and gatherings around the event. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is free to join, and participants are encouraged to wear pink or have custom T-shirts made for their teams. Both events provide participants with a website URL where they can collect donations and promote their participation to friends, family and co-workers.
  • Other Events

    In addition to the breast cancer walks sponsored by national organizations, residents of Erie, Pennsylvania, can participate in a number of breast cancer awareness activities during the month of October. A lunchtime breast cancer risk awareness program is typically held downtown and sponsored by the Lazarus and Allegheny General Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Washington Hospital offers complimentary breast cancer screenings at its Women's Health Center on select dates and times in October.
  • Nonwalkers

    Individuals who do not want to walk or run during the events can still show their support by volunteering or participating in the Passionately Pink for the Cure program sponsored by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. The Passionately Pink for the Cure program recruits team leaders to host an event and make a personal donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure campaign; participants are encouraged to wear pink from head to toe, host contests, entertain guests with pink-themed food and beverages, and collect as many donations as possible during their designated day. Volunteers can register to help with the setup and take-down of booths at the run/walk events, help with delivering food and refreshments to race participants or oversee the registration tables.
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