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How to Participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Fall’s beautiful foliage colors of brown, orange and red are supported by yet another bright color in October: pink. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign dedicated to increase awareness of the often lethal disease. According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.  Here are some great ways to support breast cancer awareness while traveling.1231246_642604865769846_308519837_n

Retreat Weekend for Breast Cancer Survivors

From October 25-27, Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid is offering an event for breast cancer survivors, patients, and their families. Participants will enjoy a mix of education, enlightenment, and delicious food created by Chef Curtiss Hemm of Pink Ribbon Cooking.

Delta launches its Pink Plane

While plenty of airlines offer their support throughout the month of October, Delta has taken a step further by introducing a pink airplane. The plane first got introduced in 2010 and has carried nearly 400,000 customers to London, Milan, Rio De Janiero, Sao Paulo. In addition, its general offices in Atlanta are illuminated in pink lighting. During the month of October flight attendants will be dressed in their favorite pink uniforms. Guests can also sip on pink lemonade and purchase pink headsets, along with other products. 100 percent of all in-flight proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. During the month of October you can also participate in the ‘pink spirit’  picture competition with a chance to win a trip to Hawaii.

Peninsula Hong KongPeninsula Hotels Go Pink

The Peninsula Hotels in North America and Asia are showing their support for breast cancer awareness with special offers this month. While hotels such as the Peninsula in Hong Kong shine with pink back lighting all month, the hotels also feature special promotions and offers. These include spa packages, parties, teas, and dinners. A percentage of those sales are donated directly to breast cancer-related charities. For every chai ordered at the Gotham Lounge in the Peninsula New York during the afternoon, $5 will be donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization. The Peninsula in Chicago will also donate $3 for every guest who mentions Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation when making their afternoon “Pink Tea” reservation.

Cheers to Emily

Blanco tequila, pink grapefruit liqueur, lemon, strawberry syrup. That’s the formula for Cheers To Emily, a limited-time cocktail offered at Langham Place, Fifth Avenue. The cocktail is a tribute to Emily Easter, a well-regarded New York City-based travel publicist who died on September 27, 2013 after a 4-year battle with breast cancer. Langham Place, Fifth Avenue will donate $1 from the sale of each cocktail to The Pink Daisy Project.

1382873_10151936307371387_1614420423_nFort Lauderdale’s Pink Drink

Fort Lauderdale’s il Lugano is an all-suite luxury property with a special deal for all supporters of breast cancer awareness. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, da Campo Osteria, will be serving a special pink-themed cocktail throughout the month of October, with $2 from each cocktail purchased donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Pink Lugano cocktail includes watermelon liquor, blueberry vodka, fresh squeezed lemon and a strawberry.

Mammograms in Malibu

The Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village near Malibu, California invites guests to participate in a $75 digital mammogram screening at the hotel’s California Health and Longevity Institute, as well as a “Think Pink Pampering Package” for a customized massage and wellness drink for $130. A portion of the package is donated to the local non-profit The Cancer Support Community.

ht_breast_cancer_mousse_kb_131001_4x3t_384Indulge in Desserts

The Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay in Hawaii has created its own trio of desserts dedicated to breast cancer awareness. The trio includes a raspberry cheesecake pop, a raspberry-lychee French macaroon, and a vanilla almond cupcake topped with marbled raspberry-vanilla icing. 20 percent of the sales will go to John Schaumburg at the Lana’i Cancer Foundation.

The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle created its own special dessert, Sweet Pink Rose, a pink lemon roulade cake filled with strawberry-lemon mousse and topped with a pink lemonade sherbet. Ten percent of each dessert sold will go to Susan G. Komen Pugent Sound.

Locks of LoveFree Haircuts for Locks of Love

Several hair salons offer free haircuts to customers who donate their hair to the non-profit charity Locks of Love, which provides hairpieces to disadvantaged children suffering from hair loss due to any diagnosis. Las Vegas Hotel Plaza Exposed Salon  offers free haircuts all month long, with a special ESPN live radio broadcast at 3 p.m. on October 25, during which time prizes and gifts will be awarded. New York’s prestigious hair dresser Valery Joseph also offers free cuts on the month’s remaining Wednesdays and Sundays.

Play for Pink

Las Vegas Plaza’s dining and entertainment partners have their own programs supporting the local Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada. Hash House A Go Go at the Plaza will donate $1 from every purchase of a special pancake of the day to the Southern Nevada affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Pop Up Pizza will offer two slices of cheese pizza and a medium drink for $6.99 when guests mention Breast Cancer Awareness and will donate $1 to the same institution. The Plaza’s bingo hall will offer a 3-on-1 Pink Ribbon Strip for $2 each plus a free “Play for Pink” dauber, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Awareness Research Foundation.7909_10151678641602361_1661134344_n

Shop for a Cause

A variety of the Las Vegas Forum Shops will donate a percentage of your purchase directly to the cause. At Coach, 20 percent of proceeds from the Mini Boyfriend Breast Cancer Awareness Watch will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. David Yurman has created two new limited editions: the women’s CLASSIC timepiece in pink ceramic and the Starburst pendant featuring brilliant pink sapphires. Twenty percent of the purchase prices of both styles will benefit the BCRF as well. Sephora, UGG, Ann Taylor and Marc Jacobs offer similar deals.

Pink Neck Pillow

While traveling around this month, you can bring along a pink neck pillow. Cabeau is currently offering a Special Edition Pink Evolution Travel Pillow, which has all the same qualities as the Memory Foam Travel Pillow, only the machine washable cover is pink. Made from memory foam, the pillow also includes adjustable sliding toggles for customized comfort, a media pouch to hold an iPod or smartphone, and raised side supports. Five percent of the proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Pink Totes

Lipault of Paris has a Pink Petite Travel Tote that is a great addition to travel gear. Made with 210-denier nylon twill fabric and self-healing zippers, this little tote is durable and lightweight, making it perfect for travel. It sells for $125, and 10 percent of the retail price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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