Monster Mile Walk for a Cause at Homestead Gardens & Other Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness this October

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Walkers participate in the 2022 Monster Mile Walk for a Cause, which will be held at Homestead Gardens in 2023

One of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC)’s signature events, the Monster Mile Walk for a Cause, returns for the 14th year with an exciting twist – a new location and an expansion to include family fun activities, music, food, games, and more! This year, Homestead Gardens will host the event at their Smyrna store, located at 5580 Dupont Highway, Smyrna, DE, 19977. The event will run from 9 AM to 3 PM on October 21, 2023.

“This has always been one of our most popular fundraisers with so many people walking the Monster Mile wearing fun costumes,” Stephanie Cumella, Program Manager of Young Survivors in Action of DBCC, said. “This year, we decided to expand the event and add a lively after-party and fall festival to the event. We are making this very family-friendly with yard games, a straw pit and more. As always, four-legged family members can also join, and we hope to see them in costume, too!”

Cumella stated that Homestead Gardens really stepped up as a community partner, offering its beautiful location for an event that has increased in popularity over the past 13 years. Cumella explained that Homestead Gardens not only created a path for the walk on its property but also worked diligently in putting together the festival and the after-party. The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition extends its gratitude to its many supportive community partners like Homestead Gardens.

“We are taking this year’s event to the lush grounds of Homestead Gardens in Smyrna, voted Delaware’s Best Garden Center,” Hayley Ross, Marketing Manager at Homestead Gardens, said. “You’ll weave through thousands of seasonal plants and activities guaranteed to bring out the green monster in you!”

The walk begins promptly at 11 AM with registration starting at 9 AM. The cost is $25 per person in advance and $30 per person on race day. T-shirts are included in the price while supplies last. Children under 12 are free with a registered adult, but children will not receive a t-shirt. Awards will be given for the highest individual fundraiser, the best individual costume, best dog costume, highest team fundraiser, best team costume and largest team. To register or create a team, visit

“It is so easy and fun to create a team,” Cumella said. “This is a great way to rally family, friends and co-workers. We invite you to get creative, make your own t-shirts, costumes and accessories. We definitely believe we can all achieve more with a supportive team by our side!”

Sponsorships are available at four different levels, ranging from $250 to $3,000. This event would not be possible without the support of local businesses and individuals willing to sponsor. To learn more about sponsorships, visit or email [email protected].

The Monster Mile Walk for a Cause is not the only event supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition this fall. Sponsor, participate, support or donate at fun events across Delaware get involved this fall to help raise awareness and funds for DBCC during and around Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

On September 30 from 8 AM to 3 PM, the Wheels and Wine Open Car Show is planned at Pizzadilli Vineyard and Winery, located at 1683 Peach Basket Road in Felton. The cost for car show entrants is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. This is a judged show, and the first 100 cars will receive dash plaques. There are 40 trophies as well as a “Best in Show” award. The four classes include Corvette, Street Stock, Modified and Restored. Registration is from 8 to 11 AM. A 50/50 drawing will be held at 1 PM and there is an auction. Trophies will be awarded at 1:30 PM. Dance with the DJ, enter to win prizes including gift baskets and crafts. Lunch, beverages and wine tastings are also available. For vendor information, contact Angela at 302-270-0061; for show information contact Pat D. at 703-403-9050.

October 3 is the date of the Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club Dunes Pink Classic, sponsored by the Women’s Golf Association. Since 2011, the association has partnered with DBCC for this golf classic which has raised more than $477,000 over the years. For more information, contact Marie Curran at [email protected] or call 410-703-6350. The classic is limited to 140 female golfers.

Another fantastic event is Dewey Goes Pink, one of DBCC’s largest partnerships to date that sells out every year! Hosted by the Starboard & The Rehoboth Body Shop, this Dewey Beach event unites the community in a way that can only be described as “magical.” This year’s event happens on October 7, and information is available online at All proceeds from this event benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Even if you aren’t attending this event, you can participate in the NEW online auction!

On the Sunday after Monster Mile, October 22, join the sea of pink-clad runners in Newark, DE for Deer Park Goes Pink. This 5k includes an exciting post-race party featuring live music, pulled pork sandwiches, continental breakfast, bloody mary’s, grapefruit crushes, beer, soft drinks and more! Learn more online at

DBCC offers statewide programs and services and has a mission to empower the community by raising awareness of breast health issues and increasing access to care through outreach, education and support services, to facilitate early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its vision is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope. To learn more about the mission of DBCC, visit

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