If You Care But Not Enough to Walk

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Oct 1, 2009  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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If You Care But Not Enough to Walk

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In at least a dozen cities across the country, thousands of volunteers will walk to raise money to fight breast cancer.

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Let’s be honest – when you’re invited to join a fundraising walk that starts at 7 a.m., your mind automatically shifts into excuse mode.

We don’t want you to look lame searching for a reason not to spend three days walking and seven days recuperating. So, we’ve discovered a few ways you can donate to or increase awareness of breast cancer during the month of October without setting that alarm clock for 0600 on a weekend.

For example, you could "Get Into Bed for a Cure." How does a night sleeping on pink sheets at a luxurious Gaslamp Hotel sound? If you stay in select guestrooms at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 25 percent of the room revenue proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Learn to scuba dive with San Diego Scuba Diver Girls. Not only will five percent of the class price be donated to breast cancer awareness, but it also sounds more cool than attending a walk.

When someone asks you if you’ve donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, you can tell them yes after you’ve booked the Pink Ribbon Treatment at the La Costa Resort and Spa. From October 1 through November 7, every pink ribbon special guest will get the discount of $125 Sunday through Friday for any 50-minute treatment. While you relax and avoid the temptation to nod off, $5 will be on its way to finding a cure.

Enjoy volleyball while wearing pink as the University of San Diego women’s team when they host DigPink on October 10. You can even look like you care more than the person next to you by carrying the Metro Water Bottle for sale at the USD bookstore.

Don’t want to go out at all? Try knitting or crocheting handmade scarves, hats, purses and pins – anything with the color pink. Check out the Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego website for details on how to donate the items to raise money.

Of course, you can take part in the Making Strides walk if you’d rather do that. The American Cancer Society will host its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Balboa Park on October 18, 2009. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Both registration and the start of the walk are located on the corner of 6th and Laurel.

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