Breast cancer survivors are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. New technology and fund-raising campaigns for research account for much of this progress. During October, you can take part in sponsored events to benefit breast cancer organizations. To read more about the companies that sponsored the events, visit the links below.
Eleni's New York Cookies
A set ($75, 50 percent of which goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation) includes 19 hand-iced cookies and comes in a variety of shapes: shoes, clothes, perfume bottles, lipsticks, pink poodles, and five signature pink ribbons. To order, visit Eleni's New York.
Cuisinart Pink Series Seven-Speed Power Blender
This hand blender with a 220-watt motor and automatic feedback has seven speed options; its three low mixing speeds eliminate splattering. It also has an LED display, swivel cord, and extra-long dishwasher-safe beaters, and comes with a chef's whisk, a spatula, and a recipe book. The blender, which costs $59.95, 3 percent of which goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, measures 7 2/3-by-3 7/8-by-5 3/4 inches, and comes with a three-year limited warranty. Available at Cuisinart.
Rowenta Pink Focus Iron
This 1,700-watt iron has 400 micro-steam holes that provide perfect steam distribution. Its highly polished, thin stainless steel soleplate provides excellent glide, and nonstick and nonscratch properties. The iron, which costs $80 (100 percent of the profits goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation), has powerful steam functions, including burst of steam, variable steam, and vertical steam, and a 10-ounce water tank, easy-to-use electronic controls, a soft grip handle, and a three-way safety shutoff. For more information, visit rowenta.com.
Polaroid Pink Digital Camera
This seven-megapixel camera has a 2.5-inch LCD screen for previewing images. It costs $129, and Polaroid is donating $150,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Exclusively available at Wal-Mart.
Crocs' ergonomic design molds right to your feet. Not only do they have slip-resistant and nonmarking soles, but they are also antimicrobial and odor-resistant. Each pair of Crocs ($29.99, $5 of which goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation) comes with a Jibbitz pink ribbon ($2.49 each), a small accessory that can be placed in the holes of the Crocs that allows you to customize them. Available at Crocs.
Cook for the Cure, Presented by KitchenAid
All through the year, KitchenAid runs a program called Cook for the Cure; $50 from the $350 price of the company's pink stand mixer goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. To generate a donation, consumers must register their product at cookforthecure.com after purchase.
This 325-watt stand mixer has 10 speeds and a tilt-back-head feature that allows for easy maneuvering. It also includes a 5-quart stainless steel bowl, flat beater, dough hook, wire whip, and pouring shield. It measures 15-by-14-by-6 inches, and is available at KitchenAid.