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Art for Awareness: Shining a Light on Breast Cancer

Art For A Cure

Art for a Cure October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign by the National Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and educate people about what they can do to be proactive when it comes to breast health. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women; one in eight women will face a diagnosis of this second-leading cause of death in women.

Breast cancer is a disease characterized by abnormal cell growth in breast tissue. When cells in the breast grow out of control, some people (though not all) develop symptoms such as pain in or around the breast, a lump in the breast or armpit, irritation or dimpling of the breast skin, redness or flaking of the skin in the nipple area, and others. There are several different kinds of breast cancer, some more common than others. The kind of breast cancer that one develops is dependent on the specific cells in the breast that become cancerous.

Art for a Cure The Naples Art District is doing its part to contribute to the cause of fighting breast cancer. They are sponsoring an event called “Art for a Cure: Pink with a Purpose” to support research and treatment initiatives and to help educate the public and raise greater awareness about the disease. The event involves tours of working studios of member artists in the Naples Art District (NAD). During the tours, the artists will be offering demonstrations while drinks and sweet treats are served. There will also be raffles for some of the original pieces of art, and special invitations to seasonal art openings and exhibition previews in the District. “Art for a Cure: Pink with a Purpose” is scheduled for three dates: October 14 and 16 from 1-4 pm, and October 21 from 5-8 pm. Simply submit a $125 donation to participate in this important special event. Funds raised from the event will be donated to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen Florida.

The Naples Art District is a nonprofit 501c-3 organization that boasts the largest concentration of working artists in the Southwest Florida area. The District gives a unique group of over 80 professional fine artists a place to share their talents with art lovers who live in the local community and others who visit from around the world; the member artists of the Naples Art District (NAD) create using a wide variety of mediums and methods that they are always excited to demonstrate and discuss with visitors. NAD has a calendar of events available online for anyone who wants to explore the fine arts in greater depth. If you are planning to spend time in the Naples, Florida area and are interested in visiting the Naples Art District, an interactive map will help you find it. For more information about NAD and its member artists, or to find out how you can support the nonprofit organization, feel free to contact NAD any time online or by calling 239-249-1977.