Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As most of you know, October isn’t just for Halloween, it’s also breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is a disease that kills thousands of people every year, not just women.

It’s so important to support charities that fund research to diseases such as breast cancer. Even if you can’t afford to give money, you can participate in walks or fundraisers. There’s so much that can be done.

My mom put together a team for the Race for the Cure in Pittsburgh in 2011, 2 months before she passed away from the terrible disease. She was one of the top fundraisers for all of Pittsburgh. Our team name was United for Donna and she brought together people from all over the city to support her and breast cancer research.

The Race for the Cure is a great event in Pittsburgh. After registering, you get a free T-shirt and there are a ton of tents with free foods and knick knacks. They even have pink bagels.

I’m including a recipe I found on for Pink Champagne Cupcakes in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Cake Ingredients

1 box white cake mix

Red food coloring

Champagne to use instead of water

Icing Ingredients

8 oz shortening

1 lb powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2-3 tablespoons of milk


Mix cake mix according to box directions replacing water for champagne and adding a few drops of red food coloring to make the cake pink

Let cupcakes cool and mix shortening and powdered sugar together. Add vanilla and milk until icing is light and fluffy.

Pictures from Don Weiss Photography



  1. I know this is a tough blog for you to writing. Loosing your mom and then writing about all the wonderful things about her is a great way to remember her. This post is fantastic. Remembering all those who survived and those who did not from this terrible disease. It’s sad and lovely at the same time. I think I might try those cupcakes sometime. If I ever buy Champagne! I love every word that comes from you and Look forward to hearing more.


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