Starting Friday night, events benefitting Alaska cancer patients kick off at the Dimond Center Mall. The Fifth Avenue Mall likewise has a special event planned for patients and their families.

“For someone going through cancer treatment or recovering from the disease, it is a challenging time, both physically and mentally said Diana Matukonis in a statement from Anchorage Valley Radiation Therapy Centers (AVRTC), the sponsors of one of the events. “And for those who have lost someone to the disease, there are few words for the pain involved. This event is meant to give anyone who has been touched by cancer a break from the daily challenges, and provide an opportunity to shop in a fun and laid-back environment for likeminded individuals.”

Below is a list of the events being hosted at each mall for Breast Cancer Awareness month:

Disco Night with the Aces

The Alaska Aces and their mascot will hit the ice with fans. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and the top three will win prizes autographed by the team. Adults can enter to win a $100 Dimond Center gift card. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society as part of their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.

  • Dimond Center mall

  • Oct. 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Tickets: $5 (includes skate rental)

Making Strides Zumbathon

Zumba instructors Natale & Nelly G will lead the event, “designed to combine fun and helping others,” according to the Dimond Center website. It will be held in front of Ulta Beauty and Foot Locker. Tickets can be purchased online or at Dimond Center’s Guest Services. The first 50 attendees will get a free goodie bag. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

  • Dimond Center mall

  • Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • Tickets: $10

Retail Therapy

Anchorage and Valley Radiation Therapy Centers (AVRTC) are teaming up with the Fifth Avenue Mall to host a special event for the Anchorage cancer community. The event will start with a complimentary brunch at Sullivan’s Steakhouse at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., JCPenney and Nordstrom will open their doors and offer a free gift to the first 150 shoppers. Two limousines, donated by Alaskan Splendor Limousines, will offer free rides for patients at the AVRTC Valley location, and Anchorage residents will enjoy free parking at both the JCPenney and Fifth Avenue Mall EasyPark garages. Special demonstrations, music and other activities will be held throughout the mall during the event.

  • Fifth Avenue Mall

  • Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Tickets: Check in at Sullivan’s, starting at 8:45 a.m.

  • For more information: AVRTC Facebook

Cut for a Cause, by Ulta Beauty

The Salon at Ulta Beauty is offering a shampoo and haircut, a pink hair extension or a MicroZone express facial, for only $10. The proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

  • Dimond Center mall

  • Oct. 9, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Clip for the Cure, by Regis

Regis Salon is offering haircuts to benefit the Regis Clip for the Cure Foundation.

  • Dimond Center mall

  • Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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