October is a month when everything seems to turn pink for a not-so-rosy reason: the one in eight women who will be affected by breast cancer in her lifetime. But there's more to breast cancer awareness than simply pinning a pink ribbon to your lapel. Real change will come only in the form of medical advancements to prevent and treat the disease — and research costs money. That's what makes the Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure such an effective tool: Since 1999, South Florida efforts by Komen have raised more than $14 million for local breast cancer programs, fueled by the runners and walkers who take to the streets to remind this city that the fight's not over yet. This year, more than 20,000 participants will converge on Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) to kick off the 5K. Whether you're joining their ranks on the road or cheering them on from the sidelines, it's guaranteed to be an emotional experience. The race begins with a survivor procession at 7:30 a.m. Registration costs $35 to $40 for adults and $20 for children. Visit komenmiaftl.org.
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