In case you weren't aware, fundraising for breast cancer awareness is spreading far and wide. Here's a sampling of the many ways you can contribute:
* Komen Race for the Cure. More than 1.5 million people are expected to participate in more than 100 races in 2004. Sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
* Sing for the Cure. The Komen Foundation receives a portion of proceeds from performances of an original dramatic work for chorus, narrator and orchestra, comprised of 10 songs by 10 composers who have been affected in some way by breast cancer.
* Jeans for the Cure. On Oct. 8, employees at 25,000 companies nationwide wore denim for the day and donated $5 each to the Komen Foundation. Sponsored by Lee Jeans.
* Lace Up for the Cure. New Balance Pink Ribbon Collection of athletic shoes and fitness apparel; the company also sponsors a group of breast cancer survivors in Komen Foundation races.
* Sew for the Cure. Ninety-five percent of proceeds from the sale of a variety of sewing-related items, including a "Sew With the Stars" quilt pattern book, go to the American Cancer Society, National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations and the Komen Foundation.
* Checks for the Cure. A line of checks with Pink Ribbon design, sponsored by the Deluxe Corp.; 9 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Komen Foundation.
* Drive for the Cure. "Ultimate Drive" test drives of specially designated BMWs. The automaker donates $1 to the Komen Foundation for every mile driven.
* Bid for a Cure. A month-long auction in which people can bid on a selection of charity items donated by celebrities; sponsored by eBay. Proceeds go to the Komen Foundation and other cancer groups.
* Porcelain for the Cure. A portion of the proceeds from sales of a Lenox bud vase and china pendant go to Breastcancer.org.Ten percent of the sales of a Lladro porcelain figurine go to the Komen Foundation.
* Bags for the Cure. An auction of pink-themed designer bags by seven Irish designers, sponsored by Boots Ireland to benefit Action Breast Cancer, a project of the Irish Cancer Society.
-- Bonnie S. Benwick