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Free Mammograms, Walks, Runs To Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Free Mammogram Day

Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute at the Hospital of Central Connecticut is offering a free mammogram day on Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Comprehensive Breast Health Center, 201 N. Mountain Road, Plainville. A day of free screening mammograms and clinical breast exams will be offered for women who are eligible: women age 40 an older who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months; women with no insurance or insurance with a very high deductible; women with no history of breast cancer; and women who have no current symptoms or breast problems. Light refreshments provided; free chair and hand massages. Registration required: 860-696-4983.

Mobile Mammogram

Hartford Hospital's Mobile Mammogram dates and locations for October are: Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Simpson Waverly School Fair (55 Waverly St., Hartford); Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., University of St. Joseph (1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford); Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., town of Manchester at the Community Y Skaters Parking Lot (78 N. Main St., Manchester); Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hartford Healthcare Women's Wellness Day at Windham Hospital (112 Mansfield Ave., Willimantic); Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Windsor Senior Center (599 Matianuck Ave.,

Windsor); Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Hispanic Health Council (175 Main St., Hartford); Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Charter Oak Health Center (21 Grand St., Hartford); Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to noon, SAMA Health Fair at Women's Ambulatory Health Services (111 Park St., Hartford). Appointments and registration are required: 860-972-1141. Dates are subject to cancellation. Limited funds are available to cover the mammogram costs for uninsured women. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card and photo ID with you.

Breast Cancer Support Group In Hartford

A breast support group for those newly diagnosed meets the first Tuesday of every month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Comprehensive Women's Health Center at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford (the old ED), corner of W

oodland and Collins. Metastatic Breast Support meets the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5 to 6:30 in the same location. Free, but please call Susan before you plan on attending: 860-714-4112.

Breast Cancer Support Group In Norwich

A support group for breast cancer patients and their families usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in conference room 2 in the main lobby of Backus Hospital, Norwich. Free. Information: 860-425-3870.

Making Strides

The American Cancer Society is sponsoring Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, including four events on Oct. 16 and two events on Oct. 23. The locations for events on Oct. 16 are: Hartford at Bushnell Park; Greater New Haven at Lighthouse Point Park; Greater Waterbury at Library Park; and Litchfield County at White Memorial Conservation Center. Locations for Oct. 23 are: Greater Waterbury at Library Park and New London County at Rocky Neck State Park. The noncompetitive, 3- to 5-mile walks are held in about 300 communities around the country to celebrate people who have battled breast cancer, to raise money for research and to help educate people on how to reduce the risk. For details, go to makingstrideswalk.org.

Pink Party

This "party with a purpose" presented by The Hartford Courant in partnership with Susan G. Komen Southern New England is a free event

that will fill the streets of Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Road, West Hartford, Oct. 6, 5 to 8 p.m. The event features giveaways, raffle prizes, $20 swag bags, food and drink tastings, live music by Shaded Soul Band, a fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors as models, about 40 exhibitors and more. Information: pinkpartyct.com.

Pink Tie Guys

Join an exclusive group of men committed to the local fight against breast cancer. Pink Tie Guys are leaders in their communities who honor those touched by breast cancer, and bring urgency to efforts to find the causes and cures. They demonstrate their commitment by raising funds to support Susan G. Komen Southern New England's mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Pink Tie Guys will be honored at a reception on Nov. 10. Registration: KomenSouthernNewEngland.org/PinkTieGuys. Information: 860-321-7806 or email nmarohn@KomenSouthernNewEngland.org.

Ride For Cure

A unique equestrian event on Oct. 6. at Twisted Tree Farm in Hampton will benefit Susan G. Komen Southern New England. Registration is $20 per rider, and riders are asked to raise a minimum of $250 in support of the local fight against breast cancer. Ride for the Cure has raised $900,000 over the last 15 years. Information: 860-321-7806 or email Ride@KomenSouthernNewEngland.org.

Tanger's Annual PinkSTYLE Campaign

Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods will once again join the fight to help save lives in the community. The 23rd annual Tanger PinkSTYLE Campaign will take place Oct. 1 through 31 at 43 Tanger Outlet Centers in United States and Canada. During that time, customers can purchase 25 percent off endless use Pink Cards on any item at more than 30

participating premier outlet stores such as Banana Republic, H&M, Steve Madden, J Crew, GAP and Under Armour. Foxwoods Resort Casino will take part in the initiative by offering discounts throughout the property. From Oct. 1 through 31, the $5 Pink Cards will also unlock 25 percent discounts. To purchase a digital version of the Pink Card for unlimited use of 25 percent savings on a single item at participating stores, visit tangeroutlets.com.

Mammography Van

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Yale New Haven Digital Mammography Van will be available to provide breast exams to women over 40 with no known breast problems, no breast implants and have not had a mammogram within the past 12 months. The van will be at the East Haven Town Hall parking lot, 250 Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (in conjunction with a Health and Wellness Fair at the Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the same day). For information on the mammography van and how to schedule an appointment, visit hagamanlibrary.info.

Pumpkintown

The family-friendly, non-scary event in East Hampton runs through Halloween (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Plus hayrides. A portion of your admission goes directly to the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation. Weekends and holidays: Village only is $6 per person; ride is $7 per person. Village and ride package is $12. Information: pumpkintown.com.

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