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Members of the Geneva High School cheerleading squad, Meghan Vievrock,16, Alessa Laserna,16, Mikaela Lee,16, and Katherine Young,16, provided some spirit for this years annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk in Aurora on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media

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Looking to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer? Here are some upcoming events taking place in the Chicagoland area.

Oct. 2

What it is: The 2nd Annual Patterson Pink Ribbon Classic.

When and where it’s at: 8:30 a.m. at the Willow Crest Golf Club at Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook.

Details: Enjoy lunch, golf, cocktails and/or dinner at this event, benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, to support breast cancer research and awareness. For more information visit www.PattersonPink.com.

What it is: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

When and where it’s at: 5:30 p.m. at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire.

Details: Indulge in an evening full of fun, food, raffle prizes, silent auction, drinks and music-all for a good cause. Mobile Music Interactive Entertainment provides music and entertainment. Visit www.main.acsevents.org/goto/ guaranteedrate2013 or for more information or connect to the event at www.facebook.com/#!/events/544624858904235/.

Oct. 3

What it is: 2013 Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Fall Benefit Luncheon.

When and where it’s at: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Details: Strength, Love and Cure is the motto of the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and at this event, guests will hear keynote speaker, Diane Keaton. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lynnsagefoundation.org.

What it is: The Bra Crawl.

When and where it’s at: Noon at Moe’s Cantina River North, 155 W. Kinzie St., Chicago.

What it is: Support breast cancer awareness at this event, proceeds benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Show up with a bra worn over your outfit and make the crawl to several different bars in the River North area, enjoying drink specials along the way. For more information, contact info@mydrinkon.com.

What it is: 2nd Annual Chicks, Cars and Cupcakes.

When and where it’s at: 2 p.m. at Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee, Macy’s Wing, entrance C or D.

Details: This ladies only event, which offers fundraising support for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, is a fun evening for women interested in the retail automotive market-purchase, safety, maintenance and fashion. Enjoy an educated keynote speaker and, have course, cupcakes. For more information, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

Oct. 6

What it is: Making Strides of Bolingbrook.

When and where it’s at: 9 a.m. at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook.

Details: This 3-5 mile breast cancer awareness event raises funds for the American Cancer Society and it honors those with breast cancer, those that have survived and those that have lost their lives. Contact Jacquelyn Koch at Jacquelyn.koch@cancer.org or at (708) 633-7771 for more information.

Oct. 12

What it is: Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride.

When and where it’s at: 10 a.m at On the Route Bicycles, 1118 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Details: Grab your bicycle and take part in the 8th annual ride that brings awareness for breast cancer prevention, screening and treatment out in the open. This is a family-friendly ride for all ages that includes door prizes, goodie bags and refreshments. All of the registration fees go directly towards the cause. Visit www.bcrfcure.org/about_mission.html for more information.

Oct. 13

What it is: Making Strides of South Suburban.

When and where it’s at: 9 a.m. at Centennial Park Soccer Fields, 10401 W. 153rd Street, Orland Park.

Details: This 3-5 mile breast cancer awareness event raises funds for the American Cancer Society and it honors those with breast cancer, those that have survived and those that have lost their lives. Contact Jacquelyn Koch at (708) 633-7771 or at jacquelyn.koch@cancer.org.

What it is: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

When and where it’s at: Noon at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville, Ind.

Details: Franciscan Alliance will join volunteers and survivors in this American Cancer Society event. Funds raised will support research and programs for those with the disease. For more information, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org.

What it is: Batting for Boobies Chicago.

When and where it’s at: 2 p.m. at Sluggers World Class Sports, 3540 N. Clark St., Chicago.

Details: Music, batting practice, food buffet and raffle prizes are all on the docket to raise funds for breast cancer research.

What it is: The Barbara Bates Foundation, Knocking out Breast Cancer.

When and where it’s at: 5 p.m. at Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph St., Chicago.

Details: Fashionista Barbara Bates will host a runway fashion show to support the Barbara Bates Foundation’s Institutional Grant on Disparity and Education of Breast Cancer, which focuses on African American and Latino communities that are greatly affected by breast cancer. Visit www.barbarabatesfoundation.org for more information.

Oct. 13

What it is: Making Strides of North Shore.

When and where it’s at: 8 a.m. at Tri-State Office Park, 25-75 Tri-State International, Lincolnshire.

Details: Contact Meaghan McDonagh at (847) 317-0209, meaghan.mcdonagh@cancer.org.

Oct. 19

What it is: Making Strides of Lafayette.

When and where it’s at: 10 a.m. at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, 5500 State Road 38 E, Lafayette.

Details: This breast cancer awareness event raises funds for the American Cancer Society and it honors those with breast cancer, those that have survived and those that have lost their lives. Contact Hannah Cook at (317) 344-7838.

Oct. 20

What it is: Care 4 Breast Cancer 5K.

When and where it’s at: 8:30 a.m. at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road, Woodstock.

Details: This 13th annual run/walk event, benefiting Family Health Partnership Clinic’s Breast Cancer Fund, keeps funds local in McHenry County. The mission of this event is to raise money to offer access to screenings, mammograms and treatment.

What it is: Making Strides of DuPage.

When and where it’s at: 9 a.m. at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.

Details: This breast cancer awareness event raises funds for the American Cancer Society and it honors those with breast cancer, those that have survived and those that have lost their lives. Contact Julie Lorentz, at (630) 932-1141, Option 3

or email Julie.Lorentz@cancer.org.

What it is: Making Strides of Joliet.

When and where it’s at: 9 a.m. at Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet.

Details: Raise awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society. Call Jacquelyn Koch for more information at (708) 633-7770 or email at Jacquelyn.koch@cancer.org. Visit www.makingstrides.acsevents.org.

What it is: Making Strides of Lake County, Ill.

When and where it’s at: 9 a.m. at Independence Grove, 16400 W Buckley Road, Libertyville.

Details: Raise awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society. Contact Lesley Valadez at (847) 317-0025, Option 3, or at lesley.valadez@cancer.org.

What it is: Making Strides of Northwest Suburban.

When and where it’s at: 8 a.m. at Cabela’s, 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy., Hoffman Estates.

Details: Raise awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society. Contact Lesley Valadez at (847) 317-0025, Option 3, or at lesley.valadez@cancer.org.

What it is: Making Strides of Valparaiso.

When and where it’s at: 1 p.m. at Central Park Plaza, Valparaiso.

Details: Raise awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society. Contact Hanah Tepe at (574) 257-9789, Ext. 3, or atStridesNorthwestIndiana@cancer.org.

What it is: Making Strides of Fox Valley.

When and where it’s at: 9 a.m. at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles.

Details: Raise awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society. Contact Mike Jostes at (630) 879-9009 or Mike.Jostes@cancer.org.

Oct. 26

What it is: Making Strides of South Bend.

When and where it’s at: 9:30 a.m. at Howard Park, 219 S. Saint Louis Blvd., South Bend.

Details: Raise awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society. Contact Hanah Tepe at (574) 257-9789, Ext. 3, or at stridesnorthwestindiana@cancer.org.

Oct. 27

What it is: Marmion Cadets Breast Cancer Awareness Run for the Pink.

When and where it’s at: 3 p.m. at Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora.

What it is: Marmion Academy is an all boys’ military catholic school that hosts fundraisers to support The Living Well Cancer Resource Center. Take part in this run/walk and be a part of the solution. Register at www.active.com or contact Crystal for more information at (630) 327-7865 or via e-mail at simpleecmk@aol.com.

Jan. 3-4

What it is: Brides Against Breast Cancer.

When and where it’s at: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan 4 at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis.

What it is: Brides-to-be and guests are invited to the bridal gown fashion show and charity wedding gown sale. Meet wedding vendors, search through hundreds of new and gently used available dresses and enter to win prizes. Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs that help women with breast cancer and their families. Visit www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org for more information.

Feb. 15

What it is: LivingWell Cancer Resource Center’s 9th Annual Winter Wine Festival.

When and where it’s at: 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at location is at a private home in St. Charles.

What it is: This invitation-only fundraiser benefits LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a free cancer care center devoted to offering educational services and support to those affected by cancer. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, live entertainment and a silent and live auction. For more information, call (630) 262-1111 or visit www.livingwellcrc.org.