Mobile Mammo: Keiser University, 6151 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch, will host Radiology Regional Center’s Mobile Mammo Coach, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 3. The coach offers state of the art, full field screening digital mammography services. Most insurances accepted. Discounted self-pay pricing available. Visit www.radiologyregional.com or call (239) 936-2316 to schedule your appointment.
Pink Parties: Manatee Diagnostic Center is striving to educate women about prevention and early detection of breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month Manatee Diagnostic Center is hosting its second annual “Pink Parties” from 5 to 7 p.m. The dates are:
n Oct. 3 and 17 at Manatee Diagnostic Center Riverside location, 300 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton
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n Oct. 10 and 24 at Manatee Diagnostic Center Pointe West Women’s Center and MRI, 2301 60th St. Ct. W., Suite C, Bradenton
The Digital Screening Mammograms are $50 for non-insured patients. For patients with insurance they will file your insurance. This is a great opportunity for working women to come get a mammogram in the evening and enjoy socializing with other women. Refreshments will be served and mini massages by Stacy Mellinger and mini manicures by D’Vine Touch will be provided. Bring a friend or family member and come join in on the fun! Call (941) 747-3034 to reserve your appointment. Space is limited.
Wellness event: Hornback Chiropractic & Wellness P.A. will hold an event to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event, hosted by Crowder’s Gifts & Gadgets, 2401 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 8. The event will include a high heel-a-thon, decorate your bra contest, chair massages, spinal scans, petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, free hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, decorate your pet contest, enter to win drawings, mammogram gift certificates, special gift shoppe promotions and prizes. Sign up for the high heel-a-thon race at the Lakewood Ranch Gift Shoppe, Hornback Chiropractic or Crowder’s Gifts & Gadgets. Entry fee for the race is $20 in advance; $30 on the day of the event.; registration is 9-10 a.m. All participants will receive a free T-shirt and a chance to win first-, second- or third-place prizes. More information: www.crowdersgifts.com.
Breast cancer research fundraiser: Cutting Loose Salon and Spa will host a Cut-A-Thon 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 9 to benefit the Lakewood Ranch-based Cancer Support Community. Designers and senior stylists will offer haircuts for $20, and 15-minute chair massages and professional make-up applications will be available for $10 each. Cutting Loose also will hold a drawing for a gift basket filled with more than $500 of name-brand beauty products, spa and hair services. Meanwhile, sister salon AfterHours will join Cutting Loose in accepting $1 donations from customers and staff in exchange for commemorative ribbons personalized with the donor’s name. Information: (941) 358-6000.
Arts and crafts show to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness: The Terra Ceia Island Village Improvement Association is partnering with the Florida Suncoast affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization for their third annual arts and craft show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9 at SeaBreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia Island. Information: (941) 721-3605.
OCTOBER 13 & BEYOND
Cancer Support Community events: The Cancer Support Community of Florida Suncoast, 5481 Communications Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch, offers many support groups, classes and special programs, including:
n Looking Your Best: Saks Fifth Avenue and Estee Lauder specialists provide techniques to enhance your appearance while undergoing cancer treatment, 9-10 a.m. Oct. 13 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Limited to cancer patients actively in treatment. Call (941) 921-5539 to sign up.
n Frankly Speaking about Breast Reconstruction: This thoughtful and comprehensive empowerment program streamlines information for women diagnosed with breast cancer to emphasize options and tools for decision-making around breast reconstruction, 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 14.
n Nutrition For Cancer: Pam Mathis, MEd, RD, LD, CWC, Nutrition Consultant, will discuss nutrition concerns and issues relevant to cancer treatment and recovery, noon- 1 p.m. Oct. 21. Topics may include specific foods to eat during and after treatment, supplements, sugar intake, antioxidant foods, acid/alkaline balanc, and more.
n Breast Cancer Symposium: Join the Cancer Support Community and Lakewood Ranch Cancer Center for Southwest Florida’s first Breast Cancer Symposium, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24. Enjoy short, informative presentation from respected local cancer care physicians and support service providers.
All programs require registration. Call (941) 921-5539 to sign up. For a complete list of programs, go to www.cancersupport suncoast.org.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K: The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 22, Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch, 8201 Polo Club Lane. There is no entry fee, but fundraising is encouraged. Information/registration: www.putonyourpinkbra.com/sarasotamanatee or call (941) 328-3761
n Caring Friends Cancer Support Group meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Blake Medical Center Dolphin Pelican Room, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton FL 334209. The group is free, doctor-supported and no registration is required. Information: 798-6056.
n For Men Only Support Group: Group led by Kent Kauffman, LCSW, meets noon-1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays in Conference Room 1 at Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton.
n A caregivers’ group meets at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the choir room of Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W. Information: 755-2722.
n Manatee Memorial Hospital hosts a Women Living With Cancer group 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at the Medical Office Building Suite 4-G Conference Room. Information: 745-7204.
n I Can Cope® Educational Classes for People Facing Cancer: I Can Cope classes are given by doctors, nurses and other experts to help people with cancer and those who love them understand what they’re facing. Group meets 11 a.m.-1 p.m. first and third Thursdays of each month at Blake Medical Arts Building, Cancer Resource Center, Suite 3400, 2010 59th St. W., Bradenton. The classes are free. Lunch is provided. Registration required, call (888) 359-3552.
n Living with cancer: Manatee Memorial Hospital, hosts a “Women Living With Cancer” support group 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. The support group is open to women who have experienced any type of cancer. Information: 745-7204.