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Publication: Syracuse New Times
Date published: October 5, 2011

There are many ways to help support those who have breast cancer-through fundraising walks, runs and bike rides or with groups that help counsel those who are sick and those who love them.

Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. Syracuse Bicycle is spearheading this ride, which attracted more than 280 cyclists last year, the largest in the country. Each rider receives a goody bag, an opportunity to win door prizes, and a post-ride party with music and food. The ride offers a 10- or 25-mile option; fee for each is $25 and all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Register the morning of the ride by 9 a.m. Green Lakes State Park, 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville. 446-6816.

Pink Out! Oct. 13, 6 to 9 p.m. Cycling fall fashion show, silent auction and local vendor fair to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Dress is casual, but please wear pink. Syracuse Bicycle, 2540 Erie Blvd. E. RSVP to trish@syracusebicycle.com.

You've Got Strength. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. This benefit provides funds for hats and wigs for local cancer patients, with a fun twist: The show stars drag queens and female impersonators. Presale tickets cost $15 for general admission and $25 for VIP seating. The show takes place at the Palace Theatre, 2384 James St. For more information, call 730-3398 or visit youvegotstrength. org.

Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Oct. 23, 9 a.m. (15K run), 9:10 a.m. (5K run), 9:15 a.m. (5K walk). Proceeds from this new event will go to SUNY Upstate Medical University. The runs begin and end at Manley Field House, 1301 E. Colvin St., and proceed through the Syracuse University area and, in the case of the 15K, down into Armory Square and back. Preregister at cmbarunfort heirlife.com for $30, or on race day (at 7 a.m.) for $35. For more information, call (855) 522-5394.

Look Good. . . Feel Better. A support program sponsored by the American Cancer Society where trained cosmetologists help cancer patients deal with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Participants receive as necessary a free wig and/or makeup kit. Sessions are scheduled for a variety of times and at locations across Central New York including at SUNY Upstate at Oasis & HealthLink Learning Center. To find a time and location, please visit www.cancer.org or call (800) 227-2345.

Wig Program. The American Cancer Society provides cancer patients with low- or no-cost wigs. To schedule a fitting time, please call Stephanie D'Amico at (800) 227-2345 or email stephanie. d'amico@cancer.org.

Road to Recovery. A volunteer-led program facilitated by the American Cancer Society where volunteers are available to drive patients to and from cancer treatments. Rides are available based on volunteer availability. To schedule a ride, call Stephanie D'Amico at (800) 227-2345 or email stephanie. d'amico@cancer.org.

Reach to Recovery. A program designed to help individuals cope with breast cancer through one-on-one peer support. Trained volunteers provide support and up-to-date information for patients, family and caregivers. It is offered at all points along the cancer continuum, from pre-diagnosis through the entire period when breast cancer remains a personal concern. Reach to Recovery offers both phone and face-toface support. For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Caring and Sharing. A breast cancer support group in Oswego County, held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Fulton Family YMCA, 715 W. Broadway, Fulton. All are welcome to attend.

Breast Cancer Support Group. A breast cancer support group in the city of Oswego, held the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. and the second Friday of every month at 2 p.m. They meet in the conference room on the lower level of Oswego Hospital, 110 W. 6th St., Oswego. For more information, contact Amy Conzone, 349-5789.

Ongoing Support Services

These are provided by the American Cancer Society.

(800) 227-2345. No matter what time of the day or night you have questions or concerns about cancer, the American Cancer Society is here to help. Our 1-800 number is always answered by a live person, ready to answer your questions and provide whatever support you need.

Cancer Survivors Network: csn.cancer.org. An online community for anyone with questions about cancer. Discussion boards and chat rooms provide visitors an opportunity to interact with people facing a similar diagnosis and develop friendships, exchange practical information and support one another.

cancer.org/MyACS. By entering your zip code into the MyACS section of cancer. org, you can find a list of resources for your community, including online support classes and support community organizations.

Patient Navigation. Volunteer patient navigators are currently located on site at every cancer treatment center in Onondaga County, including the hospitals. Specially trained volunteers are ready to help patients navigate the often confusing cancer journey, by providing support, referrals to programs, and up-to-date information on all types of cancer.

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