Save the Girls

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). BCAM is an annual international health campaign designed to increase awareness, educate about the importance of early screening and prevention, and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.

One organization that works tirelessly to make breast cancer more comfortable for patients—and less prevalent on the planet is the Tyanna Foundation.

The Tyanna Foundation honors a mother’s life, love, and living legacy. Tyanna Barre O’Brien lost her battle with breast cancer in 1990 at the tender age of 48. Her legacy continues today through the work of her daughters Anne (a Fell’s Point resident), Bridget, Megan, Sara and Kate O’Brien, the founders of BreastFest Baltimore, the premier fundraising event for the Tyanna Foundation.

In Baltimore alone, over $1.5 million has been raised to support programs at The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center to help ease the day-to-day burden for breast cancer patients as well as provide state-of-the-art technology to increase early detection.

The 20th anniversary of BreastFest will be held on September 29 from 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at Nick’s Fish House. Attendees should expect the usual fun—amazing music, games, raffles, a silent auction, grab bags and cool merchandise including a limited-edition 20th-anniversary shirt and throwbacks to their most popular designs over the last twenty years. Tickets include food, drinks, and the awesome local bands Hot Mess, The Scott & Dan Show with special guest Johnny Phatt, and Bye Felicia.

Tickets are available here. For general information or to make a donation, visit or email

Here’s a quick list of Breast Cancer Awareness Month fundraisers in and around Baltimore.

Bull’s-eyes to Battle Breast Cancer
October 9 • 6:30–10:00 p.m.
Urban Axes, 1 N. Haven Street

Burgers for Boobs
October 20 • 5:30 p.m.
Knotty Pine, 801 S. Conkling St.

BreastFest Baltimore — The Tyanna Foundation
September 29, 2018 • 2:00–7:00 p.m.
Nick’s Fish House, 2600 Insulator Drive, Baltimore, 21230

Running with The Devils PJ5K
Sunday, October 7 • 7:30 a.m.
Oregon Ridge Park
The Red Devils funds services to improve quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families.

Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure
Sunday, October 13 • 7:00-11:00 a.m.
Columbia Gateway
A tribute to survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer.