National nonprofits and physicians’ organizations dedicate every October to the cause of breast cancer awareness — raising funds for research and helping ensure that all women are able to receive regular screenings.

The 2011 Komen Texarkana "Race For The Cure" is coming up on Saturday, October 15th at the Four States Fairgrounds. In addition to the race, there will be a Pasta Party Friday, catered by Carino's Italian at the Oasis, located at the Fairgrounds with live music and a silent auction starting at 7pm. For more information (click here)

This year, organizations across the country continue to work toward supporting victims and finding a cure, as many thousands continue to suffer from the disease. According to estimates from the American Cancer Society, which tracks cancer statistics, 230,480 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; an estimated 39,520 women will have died from the disease in 2011 alone.

These organizations need your help; here are a few worthy groups you can donate to right now: