A variety of breast cancer-related events and services are happening in Central Illinois during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Events with information available at press time were:

Look Good...Feel Better

When: By appointment

Where: OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac

What: For women cancer patients, cosmetologists teach how to cope with skin changes, hair loss and other appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment

Cost: Free

Register: 815-842-4545

SOURCE: Rhonda Hodges

Wig Bank

When: Open all year, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Friday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fox & Hounds Hair Studio & Day Spa, downtown Bloomington

What: Wigs, hats and scarves for people who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy or for another medical reason

Cost: Free

Sponsored by: Fox & Hounds, Community Cancer Center in Normal, American Cancer Society

SOURCE: Vicki Tilton

Share 'n Care Closet

When: Open all year by appointment

Where: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics, formerly Peters Orthopedics, Bloomington

What: Gently-used breast prostheses and mastectomy bras for women with limited financial resources

Cost: Free

Sponsored by: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics, Community Cancer Center in Normal, community donors

For appointment: 309-664-6930

SOURCE: Janet Peters


When: 9 -10 a.m. Oct. 11 or 6-7 p.m. Oct. 19

Where: Heartland Community College's Workplace Development Center, Normal

What: Class to teach women the MammaCare method of breast self-exam

Cost: $5

Register: 309-268-8160

SOURCE: Heartland Community College

Think Pink

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 12

Where: OSF St. Joseph Medical Center's Eastland Medical Plaza I, Bloomington

What: Health and wellness information, demonstrations, retail vendors and silent auction with proceeds going to Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Cost: Free

Register: Not required

SOURCE: Terri Jacob

Fit in Pink Zumba Party Open House

When: 3-5 p.m. Oct. 14

Where: Advocate BroMenn Medical Center Conference Center, Normal

What: Zumba dance class open house

Cost: $5, proceeds to Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Register: Not required; for questions call 309-268-2661

SOURCE: Eric Alvin

Indoor Garden Paradise with Casey's Garden Shop

When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 19

Where: Advocate BroMenn Medical Center Heart Center, Normal

What: Make your own indoor, miniature garden; representative of Pink Partners will have breast health information

Cost: $10 includes lunch and garden materials

Register: 309-268-2661

SOURCE: Eric Alvin

Could You Find a Lump?

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 19

Where: Community Cancer Center, Normal

What: Class to teach women the MammaCare method of breast self-exam

Cost: Free

Register: 309-451-8500

SOURCE: Jolene Clifford

Third Annual African-American Women Taking STEPS (Screening, Treatment and Education Program) Together

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29

Where: The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, Bloomington

What: Mammogram screenings by OSF; breakout sessions on breast self-exams, stress management, financial literacy and weight management; men's health topics by 100 Black Men of Central Illinois, including heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer and dental health; and lunch panel discussion on how heart disease and stroke symptoms differ among women and men

Cost: Free

Sponsored by: Central Illinois Chapter of The Links Inc. and the Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Register for mammograms: 309-665-5710

SOURCE: Wilma Bates

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