Fight Strong

October 2018
Written By: 
Julie Flanagan

Celebrate your October by helping raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness

In the Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk; (inset) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women except for skin cancers. The current average risk of a woman in the United States developing this disease in her lifetime is about 12 percent, or 1 in 8, and more than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2018 in our country. These numbers are staggering and it’s hard to know what steps to take to help. Here are a few local events that raise money and awareness. Whether you prefer walking, running, singing or drinking wine, you can do your part right here along the Grand Strand.

Karaoke for the Cure (October 4)

Back for its eighth year, this event raises funds for Caring in Our Lifetime, a local group that helps fight against breast cancer. A $10 donation gets you a pasta dinner, raffle ticket and a commemorative gift, not to mention the chance to sing your heart out (or just enjoy watching others perform!). Island Bar, 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Thursday, 6 p.m. $10. (843) 650-3157,

In the Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk (October 6)

A sea of pink-clad walkers will unite in solidarity and in support of breast cancer awareness. Funds raised will go to the Tidelands Health Foundation Breast Care Fund, which helps underserved and uninsured patients get mammograms. Waccamaw Medical Park East, 4033 U.S. 17 S., Murrells Inlet. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Visit website for registration info. (843) 652-8080,

BFF Pink Ribbon Run (October 6)

This walking and running event is open to all. The purpose of the BFF (Breast Friends Forever) Pink Ribbon Run is to create awareness and raise funds for breast cancer treatment and research, as well as celebrate those who are fighting and honor those who have passed on. Proceeds benefit local breast cancer organizations and you can choose a 5K or 10K route. Barefoot Resort and Marina, Village Crossing Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach. Saturday, 8 a.m. Visit website for registration info. (843) 497-1692,

Drink Pink (October 18)

This special wine social at Duplin Winery will include two glasses of wine, hors d’oeuvres, fellowship, door prizes and live music. 2018 will mark the third year of the event and a portion of the proceeds will be given to Caring in Our Lifetime. Duplin Winery, 4650 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. Thursday, 6–8 p.m. $20. (843) 663-1710,

Mako’s American Cancer Society Benefit (October 19)

Kick off the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Saturday in Myrtle Beach by having a great time at Mako’s Inlet Bar and Grill in Murrells Inlet! Enjoy good food, cold drinks and live music. 15 percent of sales made on Friday will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Mako’s Inlet Bar and Grill, 3552 U.S. 17 Business. Friday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. (843) 299-2590,

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (October 20)

This event raises awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society to help save lives. Money raised goes toward innovative research, free info and support, and to helping people reduce their risk. Crown Reef Resort, 2913 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Visit website for registration info. (843) 790-6336,