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October 03, 2006

Ask Patty – Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Carnival: October 3rd

Askpattylogotm1_22by Ask Patty Staff
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to be sure we were shining a huge, mega-watt flashlight on those companies in the automotive industry who are doing something about it. This carnival is a special one and it is dedicated to all the women out there who have suffered from breast cancer or have known or lost someone who has suffered. It is for us as women; wonderful, beautiful women. Raise your voice this month! To start us off, check out some important facts from GetBCFacts.com.

UnderdogOf course, we couldn’t talk about breast cancer awareness without mentioning our post about the “underdog” dancing on the street corner and challenging Ellen Degeneres to a dance-off! It’s all in the name of awareness!

MercedesMercedes-Benz has a Special Edition 2007 E350 that will be available for sale only during the month of October. The cars will be offered to the public as a fund-raiser sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue and the sales will benefit Mercedes’ “Key To The Cure”, which helps find cures for breast cancer. There are only 1000 out there, so hurry!

JoyrideOne of our expert panelists, Joy Sherman of Ms. Motorcars is offering a new stress intervention service on her boats in the Connecticut area for patients with breast cancer, like the popular therapeutic sailing program for women in breast cancer recovery in Maine.  Therapeutic relaxation using gentle wave motion or moderate invigorating sailing activity with seminars is now available.

OffroadTalk about Race for the Cure! Race-de-zert.com is announcing that M.O.R.E Racing will present the world’s largest all-female off-road event ever: Damzl Powder Puff Race, held on Oct 14th, 2006, in Barstow, California. There is an entry fee but it benefits Cedar Sinai Medical Center Women’s Research for Breast Cancer. What a great cause! We’d rather race with a car than race with our feet any day!

Our friends at Automotive.com covered a story on Ford Racing and their support for breast cancer awareness. Ford Racing brings the Warriors in Pink breast cancer awareness campaign to the Road America road circuit September 22-24, as part of the Champ Car World Series race weekend.

Katherine_legge_1 Katherine Legge, female race car driver from Team Australia, was spotted driving a pink race car for breast cancer research and awareness. Check back on our Ask Patty blog for an interview with the amazing woman driver!   
Nascar_1They also mentioned that since October is here, NASCAR fans will see pink. To drive awareness of the need for speed in researching a cure for breast cancer, VIVA(R) Towels and Brewco Motorsports are painting their No. 27 car in the NASCAR Busch Series bright pink.

BmwultimatedriveBMW is getting in on the cure action too! It is the 10th Anniversary of The Ultimate Drive with BMW and their partner, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. At the Ultimate Drive you get to drive a new BMW vehicle of your choice! Motor Trend did a great story on this wonderful program.

MileoneMileOne Automotive is very active in their support for Breast Cancer Awareness. They are involved in a program called Making Strides, which benefits research for breast cancer.

FusionTheAutoChannel.com posted about Canadian designer Andy Thê-Anh and his unique interior designs for a Ford Fusion to be auctioned off on eBay Canada. All auction proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

BendWeekly.com mentions that Carrera Motors hosted the 10th Annual BMW Ultimate Drive for the Susan G. Komen Foundation on September 18th. This is the fourth year that Carrera Motors has hosted a Central Oregon leg of the event, which raised more than $7,000 locally in 2006.

Pink_ribbon_gs_2A lot of dealerships across the country are getting involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Murray Motors is no exception. They call their even the Annual Pink Out! What a great name! Murray Motors has joined with Cherry Creek shopping center for a Pink Out on Friday in the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot. People who have pre-registered with Murray Motors will test-drive BMWs; for every mile driven at car dealerships throughout the country, BMW will donate $1. The goal: 10 million miles, 10 million dollars.

Adding to the list is Bill Jacobs BMW. ABC covered this story about a west suburban car dealership closing shop to offer patrons a chance to drive a new BMW for a good cause. Not one car was sold at Bill Jacobs BMW in Naperville. Instead employees donated their time to Drive for the Cure, an event that raises money for breast cancer research.

JagJaguar is hopping on the bandwagon too! Welcome Jaguar! Jaguar Cars is this year's national sponsor of the Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Targets Breast Cancer shopping weekend. This nationwide event will benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CDFA) Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Fund.

BreastfriendsYou should know about Breast Friends, a site helping women survive breast cancer one friend at a time. Breast Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for breast cancer patients. Breast Friends teaches the friends and family of cancer patients specific ways to offer support, helps them understand what the patient is going through, and suggests useful resources for the patient and her family.

Warriors Ford has launched a site dedicated to Warriors in Pink, a call to all women to join the battle against breast cancer. To date, Ford has dedicated more than $87 million to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in donations and in-kind gifts.

Donald E. Smith has a passion for racing and hopes his private collection of racing machines, automobiles and memorabilia can help raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. The lifelong racing enthusiast is opening his private collection for viewing Oct. 7 to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Thank you for all of you who submitted these great posts and others. We felt it was important to focus on Breast Cancer Awareness this week. Check back next week when we go back to all cars for our carnival!
Go here to Submit a automotive related post of interest to women to the Ask Patty Around the Auto World Carnival for next week!

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