BY JOSH KENNEDY
Besides being a time for carving pumpkins and stuffing turkeys, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Waterloo Region Community Office of the Canadian Cancer Society will be doing everything they can to help raise money for cancer research.
One in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. To help battle the disease, the society has donated nearly $100 million to breast cancer research.
Volunteers from the Waterloo Region Community Office will be selling pink ribbons at local businesses from Oct. 3 to 5 and again from October 24 to 26.
“Our goal is to raise enough money for breast cancer research and spread awareness of breast cancer to everyone,” said Karen Griffiths, the community office manager at the Canadian Cancer Society in Kitchener.
People can buy pink ribbons in local stores, including at Sobey’s, Zehrs, Canadian Tire and Shopper’s Drug Mart.
Volunteers will also be selling them at the Kitchener Farmer’s Market.
People can donate as much money as they want.
The Canadian Cancer Society has been selling ribbons for almost 10 years. Last year they made over $36,000 and hope to make a lot more this year.
“We’re hoping that enough people will be aware of breast cancer and help us raise enough money to beat breast cancer,” said Nicole Amorim, the community office’s volunteer engagement co-ordinator.