Barbara Ann Kelley,

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa)  Everywhere you look in October you may be seeing Pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

When you tune into an NFL game. Don’t adjust your TV’s color, the players on the side-lines are wear or using something pink in support.  The White House was even aglow in Pink lights for one night early this month.

Panera Bread has also jumped on the pink band wagon and will be Baking a Pink Bagel this month. It’s not really Pink but it is shaped like a ribbon.  Buy a Pink Ribbon Bagel this October and help Panera Bread raise money for Moffitt Cancer Center.

Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa during October will let certain guests Sleep Pink for PINKTOBER “Pink Sheets. Guest staying in these Pink rooms will receive a 25% discount of the normal rate with the proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research. The rooms will feature pink bath robes and pink flower arrangements, which guest will be able to buy. In October at the Hard Rock you also will be able to Drink Pink. Bartenders will be serving Pink Ribbon Martinis and Komen Cosmos. For each drink sold, $1 will be donated to the cause. The Pinktober promotion goes through Saturday, October, 22nd. Here is a link to the Hard Rock’s website.

The Florida Suncoast affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure is having a Pink Tie Masquerade Ball. This pink mask and tie event will be Saturday, October 22nd at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. The ladies are encouraged to wear pink masks and the men pink ties in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will be dinner and dancing with silent and live auctions at this ball. This event will also celebrate breast cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battle. In addition to raise funds for life saving local programs.

One out of eight women will be diagnosed in her life time with some form of invasive breast cancer. Breast cancer not only affects the lives of the patient but their family and friends. Most people know someone whose life has been effected or ended too soon by breast cancer.

With the weak economy and high unemployment rate in Tampa Bay many women do not have Health Insurance. These women, frightened of the cost, often do not get screened for breast cancer unaware they have free options. Early detection with a mammogram and treatment could be the difference between life and death. For More information on diagnosing breast cancer at it’s earliest stages click here.

The National Cancer Institute recommends:

  • Women 40 years and older should get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.
  • Women who have had breast cancer or other breast problems or who have a family history of breast cancer might need to start getting mammograms before age 40, or they might need to get them more often. Talk to your doctor about when to start and how often you should have a mammogram.

The Florida Suncoast affiliate of Susan G. Komen raises money year-round to fund the services they provide to breast cancer patients and their families. They do this in part from benefit runs and walks. Some of that money is funneled into programs providing free mammograms and breast cancer treatment. The free services are provided in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. To find out if you qualify, please call (877) 506-6927. For more information go to their website by clicking here.

Another local event in the fight against breast cancer is the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk/run in downtown Tampa on October 22. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s premier 5K (3.2 mile) event to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. For more information on the event click here.

There is also the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer 3-day. The Tampa 3-day starts Friday, October 28th. For more information on the 3-day click here.

Here is Country Superstar Martina McBride’s most recent hit, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” which has become an anthem for cancer survivors and their supporters.