According to a study released earlier this year by the Arab Genomic Centre, women from the UAE are getting breast cancer ten years earlier than the world average, but a diagnosis of breast cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence.a Early detection and increased research into the disease is saving lives, and this October you can help beat breast cancer by supporting events all over the city.
Dubai Goes Pink This citywide initiative aims to create awareness for the Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation’s website as a resource that provides true, medically accurate information on the disease. The website also provides information on awareness and fundraising events happening in the city. The campaign starts Thursday October 2, www.dubaigoespink.com.
Pink is Punk swim and run Get fit and raise funds with the Ignite Fitness & Wellness Pink is Punk swim. Proceeds from registration will go towards supporting the Safe & Sound breast cancer awareness campaign. You can sign up to compete as an individual or as part of a team of two to do distances including a 600m swim and 3km run. Sporty kids can do a swim-run or junior fun run for children under 15. From Dhs150 for individuals, Dhs150 for spectators. Friday October 10. 6am. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah, www.premieronline.com.
Pink Plunge If you want to jump out of your comfort zone for charity, sign up for the Pink Plunge. This sponsored bungee jump will take place on the lawns of the Emirates Golf Club. Participants must raise a minimum of Dhs2,000 to jump, but be sure to sign up early as the event can only accommodate 80 jumpers, and is likely to be popular. Friends and sponsors can come along to watch you take your leap and then enjoy a barbecue. Dhs2,000 minimum sponsorship. Barbecue Dhs200 (adults), Dhs150 (children under 12). Friday October 17, 1pm-5pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigoespink.com/take-the-plunge (050 669 2097).
Dubai’s Big Pink Ball Following the success of last year’s event, the Big Pink Ball is now aiming to be even bigger. Last year saw a massive turnout and guests were kept entertained by Moulin Rouge-themed cabaret acts. Guests at this year’s gala event, to be held on the grounds of the Emirates Golf Club, will be treated to yet another glamorous night, this time with a Hollywood entertainment theme. Expect style and sophistication for a good cause. The night will also include a charity auction, an exciting raffle draw and non-stop performances. Dhs954 per person or Dhs9,440 per table of ten (outer circle), Dhs1,098 per person or Dhs10,880 per table of ten (inner circle). Thursday October 23, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.bigpinkball.com (050 669 2097).
Pink Polo As the polo gets underway on the field, women can visit the Pink Clinic, a pop-up clinic where guests can talk to medical experts, meet breast cancer survivors, learn self-examination techniques and undergo free screenings at the mobile mammography unit. During the day, guests can also take a stroll around the ADCB Pink Garden and play area for children. Entry to the garden is free and the first 300 ladies through the gates will receive a special goodie bag. It’s worth getting dressed up for this day out as there are prizes for the best pink outfits. Free general admission. Saturday November 9, 2pm. Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Abu Dhabi, www.pinkpolo.ae (02 562 9050).
Where to get support
If you or a family member needs help with breast cancer, here are some organisations that provide advice and assistance.
Breast Cancer Arabia A free interactive portal that provides high-quality information about breast cancer and its treatment. The site also operates the Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation, which offers financial assistance to women diagnosed with the disease but who cannot afford treatment costs. www.breastcancerarabia.com, (055 737 3699).
Breast Friends A support group that provides psychological counselling and support to all breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. In addition, it runs educational programmes about the disease for anyone to attend. The group meets on the third Sunday of every month. firstname.lastname@example.org, (04 332 7117).
Friends of Cancer Patients This charity operates under the umbrella of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah and provides practical, financial, moral, educational and medical support to patients suffering from all types of cancer, and to their loved ones. www.focp.ae, (06 506 5555).