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Byline: Kate Zuparko

Be a part of the solution

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are plenty of items to help raise money for research. Most of them are pink. Here's a sampling.

AVENUE TO A CURE: Hit the mall - and help raise funds for breast cancer research - as part of Saks Fifth Avenue's annual Key to the Cure campaign. Throughout October, a limited-edition T-shirt from designer Diane von Furstenberg is on sale, with 5 percent of all proceeds going to national and local cancer and women's health organizations. Swing by one of 58 store locations - including Beverly Hills - on Oct. 28 and 29, and a percentage of all sales will also be donated. In addition, the weekend will feature the sale of 750 Mercedes-Benz Signature R-Class autos with the goal of raising $1 million for research. For more information on Key to the Cure, visit www.eifoundation.org.

LIFE-SAVING SCARF: Get wrapped up in cancer awareness with Ford Motor Co.'s ``Tied to the Cause'' initiative. Fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer has created a silk scarf exclusively for the company. Available for purchase for $35 through the end of the year, net proceeds of scarf sales will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a breast cancer research and education organization. To order, visit www.fordcares.com, www.lillypulitzer.com or www.komen.org, or call (877) SGK-SHOP.

RIGHT ON TARGET: Target is taking aim at breast cancer this October with its exclusive pink collection, featuring a variety of fashion apparel and accessories and home and lifestyle items from $1 to $100. Pink polo shirts are available for men, women and children ($8-$10), as are flip-flops ($6), bracelets ($1-$100), a travel set ($18) and even a CD featuring Sarah McLachlan, Luther Vandross and, of course, Pink ($5.99). One hundred percent of net profits will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For more information, check out www.target.com/breastcancer.

CLEAR KNOWLEDGE: Lenox is thinking clearly when it comes to raising breast cancer awareness. The tabletop and giftware company has added three new pieces to its Gift of Knowledge line, which began last year as a way to honor women and help fund cancer research. The Gift of Knowledge Candy Bowl ($29.95) and Bud Vase ($29.95) are made of lightly pink-tinted crystal, while the Breast Cancer Ribbon Ornament ($19.95) is a crystal piece shaped like the international symbol in the fight against breast cancer. Lenox will donate a portion of the proceeds to Breastcancer.org. The Gifts of Knowledge items are available at department and retail stores, as well as www.lenox.com.

WHAT A PAL: Be a friend to cancer research with PursePal, a sturdy hook and medallion that lets women secure their bag to nearly any restaurant table. A rubber pad eliminates slipping, and the brass construction lets PursePal hold up to 10 pounds. Throughout October and the rest of the year, PursePal will donate $5 to the Susan G. Komen and Evelyn Lauder foundations for every sale of its Pink Ribbon design. PursePal comes in two sizes: Day Bag ($34.99) and Evening Bag ($29.99) and is available at www.purse-pal.com or by calling (866) 347-8773. Five other designs, each with a charitable beneficiary, are also available.

FANCY FUNDRAISER: Jewels are a girl's best friend - at least those from Luxe Jewels. In October, the company will donate 10 percent of proceeds from items bought online at the Think Pink Boutique to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Luxe Jewels is also offering the Awareness Bracelet ($29), designed by creative director and breast cancer survivor Janice Parsons, from which $5 of every sale will go to the foundation. To purchase, visit www.luxejewels.com.

CLEAN CURE: Sit back, relax and help a good cause with a variety of scented bath products whose sales will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Sweet Grass Farm, an all-natural bath and body line, will donate 10 percent of its sales of the Rose Orange Cinnamon All Natural Hand Cut Soap bar ($3) and the Beach Rose Sea Salts ($5) throughout October. Both items are available at www.sweetgrassonline.com. Aromafloria, an aromatherapy product retailer, is also donating 10 percent of its October sales of the Sensory Fusion Pomegranate Bath Fizz ($22) to the organization. To order, call (800) 424-4023 or visit www.aromafloria.com.

MUSLIM VOLUNTEERS WANTED: A Los Angeles research team, led by a UCLA School of Public Health professor, is seeking 400 Muslim women for a study to assess breast cancer screening perceptions, needs and barriers in that community. Researchers hope to better understand how culture, religion and health care play a part in the lives of Muslim women. The study is being funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information or to volunteer, contact the University Muslim Medical Association Community Clinic at (323) 967-0375, or visit www.ummaclinic.org.

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