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October marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign that aims to increase disease awareness.

The Central Florida Future compiled a list of events happening in Central Florida throughout the month:

Zeta Lip Sync

UCF Zeta Tau Alpha will host its annual dance competition, Zeta Lip Zync, to benefit breast cancer education and awareness. The competition will take place Thursday in the CFE Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $6 at the event. To donate to the cause, visit Zeta's fundraising page.

Phi Hoops

Alpha Epsilon Phi is slated to host a three-on-three basketball tournament to benefit Sharsheret, a national nonprofit organization that aims to support young women facing breast cancer, and their families. Phi Hoops will take place at UCF's Academic Village Courtyard on Oct. 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more, visit the UCF event page.

Love Your Body Week

The National Organization for Women at UCF will hold its annual Love Your Body Week from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16. The week aims to promote a healthy self-image by offering events on campus that encourage a positive body perception. Details on each day's event are still in the planning stage, according to NOW at UCF's Facebook page.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The 19th annual Central Florida Race for the Cure will take place Oct. 18 at the Oviedo Mall near UCF. The fundraising goal is $500,000 and so far, about $39,000 has been raised. Last year, the race was held at the CFE Arena with the same fundraising goal. Interested volunteers can register on the Komen website.

Making Strides of Orlando

A celebration of survivorship, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a walk that aims to unite community members with a common goal to finish the fight against breast cancer. Participants raise funds for the American Cancer Society to fund research, provide information and support those touched by breast cancer. The walk will take place at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando on Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. For more information and to get involved, visit the event website.

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Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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