Today I am letting Michelle take over the blog for a very important and special and important post. As you all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Even though it is quickly coming to an end, it is a cause that is important to focus on year round! I am sure we have all know at least one person who has been affected by breast cancer. Please check out this awesome races and opportunities to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.

I realize a few of the races have already passed for this year, but they are still great to keep in mind for next!

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Approximately 1 in 8 woman in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives according to the American Cancer Association. I find that statistic rather staggering, yet as I think about all the women I know and compare the numbers, it seems about right. Although there is no cure for breast cancer there is hope.


Typically, I’m more a hiker kind of gal, but I can manage a 5K race or another type of athletic event now and then, especially for a good cause. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are so many opportunities to participate in events being held to raise money for the cure. Here are a few events to look into around the country.


1.Making Strides Orlando

Date: October 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, FL

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is an event designed to celebrate surviving as well as express hope and determination to defeat this type of cancer. The fight to end breast cancer, or any type of cancer, begins with the first step. Making Strides Orlando is so easy; you don’t even have to run. It’s a pleasant walk with friends and family. I’m taking a girls weekend for Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, we’ll be staying at The Enclave Hotel & Suites only a short distance from Lake Eola Park. I plan to participate, giving myself a challenge while doing a little toward finding the cure. Sounds like a win/win in my walking shoes!


2. Diva Dash

Date: Year Round

Location: various cities in several states

The Diva Dash is a favorite run/walk because it’s a women-only 5K where you get treated like a diva. What could be better? Each participant receives a cut tech shirt, finisher’s medal and charm. Aid stations along the way offer great food and beverages. All in all, it’s a gal-pal party for a good cause.


3. Trek Breast Cancer

Date: Year Round

Location: Trek Bicycle Retailers in various locations

Trek Bicycle Retailers sponsor a 10 and 25-mile family and group friendly ride for the cure. 2014 makes year 9 for this fun event, which promises to grow in popularity. The goal is to raise money and bring local communities together for the fight against cancer.


4. Busting Butts to Save Breasts

Date: October 26, 2014

Location: 6100 W Gila Springs Place, Suite 23 Chandler, AZ

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Source: Scott’s Training Systems

Sponsored by Scott’s Training Systems, the 4th annual 5k-adventure run/walk/boot camp is a great way to have some fun, keep fit and raise money and awareness about cancer. The idea behind Busting Butts is to educate on the importance of both diet and exercise in preventing cancer and aiding the treatment phase.


5. Celebrate Your Princess

Date: October 22, 2014

Location: Cross Creek Ranch Fulshear, TX

St. Catherine Hospital and Cross Creek Ranch are hosting the 3rd annual “Celebrate Your Princess Breast Cancer Awareness Walk” and it promises to be a wonderful time for all. Included in the festivities will be a kid’s zone, princess pampering station, shopping, pumpkin decorating and live music. Join the Pink Pamper Party for indulgences such as facials, paraffin hand treatments, eye gel cooling masks and a relaxing massage. I’d walk twice the distance for that kind of princess pampering!


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Michelle is a mother of 5 kiddos, Disney lover, and world traveler. Michelle’s passion for princess castles and Mickey ears tends to win when it comes to vacationing with her family. With many family trips consisting of trekking through Disney parks, Michelle has become an expert. When she’s not singing along to “Let It Go”, Michelle is hiking through Rainbow Mountain with her husband Ben, and the family dog. Chat with her on Twitter: @Rise7Up.

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