Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month?  According to the American Cancer Society, this year more than 4,100 women in Minnesota will be diagnosed with breast cancer – that’s more than 11 women every day. Every year in Minnesota, more women are diagnosed with breast cancer than lung cancer and colon cancer combined. When looking at the leading causes of cancer deaths among Minnesota women, breast cancer is second only to lung cancer.

Nationwide, African American women have a greater risk of dying from breast cancer than White women. Despite a lower incidence rate, the mortality rate for African American women is 39% higher than the mortality rate for White women.

Many women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a known risk factor. It is important for women in their 20s and 30s to have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular check-up and, starting at age 40, an annual mammogram.

These facts are important know--men and women alike.  It's important to know that we as a community are doing what we can to raise money for local programs that are working with our the women--and men--in our lives to keep fighting the fight.

We're proud to be a sponsor of the Charter Women Rock Retreat again this year.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3rd from 10am-4pm at Spirit Mountain.  The event grows bigger and better every year, and this year will mark the 8th year of Women Rock.  Admission is just $3.00, which is a small price to pay for everything you'll get at the Women Rock Retreat.

There are performances scheduled--from a fashion show to amazing dancers, martial arts demonstrations and more!  There will be vendors set up to pamper you, fun things to buy, an hourly prize drawing for a dollar donation, and the popular silent auction!

In the past 7 years, with your help, the Charter Women Rock Retreat has brought in $210,000 in donations that stay in our community to help the fight against Breast Cancer.  This year your donations will benefit local women with breast cancer via St. Luke's Foundation and St. Luke's Breast Center.