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Pretty in Pink: Upcoming Fort Myers Beach Breast Cancer Awareness benefits

October 8, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

As we near the third month of October, official Breast Cancer Awareness month, businesses and residents are teaming up to show awareness any chance they can. We have three amazing Breast Cancer Awareness benefits taking place very soon, so here are the details, and hope to see you out there!

The Mermaid hosts annual Walk the Walk

for Breast Cancer benefit Saturday, Oct. 13

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The third annual Walk the Walk for Breast Cancer benefit will be taking place at The Mermaid Lounge and Liquors, 1204 Estero Blvd., Saturday Oct. 13, with sign-up at 11 a.m. and the walk starting at noon.

This fund-raising Poker Walk has been organized to raise funds for the Lisabet Anna Buesing Foundation, helping single mothers fight breast cancer in Lee County.

"We will walk from The Mermaid Lounge down to The Beach Pub. From there, we'll head over to The Beached Whale, then Lighthouse Tiki Bar and The Yucatan Beach Stand. After that, we'll head back to The Mermaid Lounge for more fun, food and raffles," said Kathy Van Selow, owner of the Mermaid Lounge, along with her husband, Scott, and their daughter, Valerie. "Please join us on this very special walk to help a very good local cause."

Fact Box

Facts about breast cancer

Provided by the American Cancer Society (

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12 percent) women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States are for 2012:

About 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

About 63,300 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).

About 39,510 women will die from breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 36 (about 3 percent). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

At this time, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

The cost to participate in the walk is $20, which includes one poker hand and a commemorative Walk the Walk for Breast Cancer T-shirt. T-shirts will also be available for $10 each.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. at The Mermaid and the walk begins at noon.

For more information on the foundation, for Lisabet's story or how to help, be sure to visit LisabetAnnaBuesing

The Cadillac hosts breast cancer benefit Saturday, Oct. 13

The Cadillac, 16641 San Carlos Blvd., is proud to host a breast-cancer benefit Saturday, Oct. 13, between 1 and 3 p.m.

Helene and Jimmy, the restaurant owners, invite patrons to come out, enjoy delicious, fresh-made dishes and sign the Chevy Camaro that will be parked in front of the establishment that day, to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research.

"A portion of the proceeds of every meal sold during the event will go to the breast cancer fund," Helene said. "Entertainment that day is donated by Don White and Just Country. Come in to hear them, have lunch and support a great cause!"

For more information on Saturday's benefit, feel free to call the establishment, 267-4132.

Fort Myers Beach bartender raises funds for

upcoming Making Strides walkathon

The Lee County American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walkathon event takes place at Tanger Outlets, 20350 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, Saturday, Oct. 20, with registration beginning at 7 a.m.

Fort Myers Beach resident Maria DeFazio has been making and taking strides, herself, raising funds during her benefit walk that day, and has already reached her goal three times!

"My aunt, Terry Fuller, already beat breast cancer once, and my family and I are doing this in her honor," she said. "I'm almost at my goal of $1,500 and would love to raise it higher for this cause."

Maria said she'd also love to have some fellow islanders join her during the walk next Saturday. If interested in teaming up with our local bartender, or to make a contribution to her cause, email, or visit


You can also visit her at The Mermaid Monday or Thursday, or at Valerie's Lounge Friday.



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