Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, local events set to help fund research

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - It's a word no one ever wants to hear from their doctor: cancer.

And yet, more than 270,000 women and men this year are expected to learn they have breast cancer.

October 1 is the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the kick-off for a months-worth of events around Hampton Roads to raise money. The first being a fundraiser inside Wasserhund Brewing Company on Tuesday night.

It's called "Brewing to Benefit Breasties" and from 5-10 p.m., 30 percent of all purchases at the brewery will go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Hampton Roads, part of the American Cancer Society.

“Any of the proceeds that come to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program is breast cancer research-restricted and also (for) programs that help to benefit our Road to Recovery system that helps take patients to-and-from their cancer treatment that don’t otherwise have a way to get there," said Michelle Sweezey, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society in Virginia Beach.

The organization hosts a yearly walk for breast cancer awareness at Mt. Trashmore. This year's walk is set for October 26. Nationwide, Making Strides events are expected to raise $60 million dollars for cancer research.

Thanks to advancements in cancer treatments, the American Cancer Society says the vast majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer are able to survive it.

Click HERE for a list of Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities.

Wasserhund Brewing Company is located at 1805 Laskin Road in Virginia Beach.

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