When Compassion and Travel Work Toward a Cure

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

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October is the month to "Think Pink," the time of year we focus on breast cancer, a disease that affects more than 1.7 million new people each year and represents 25% of all cancers in women.

In order to increase awareness of the disease, foster compassion for survivors and inspire them to travel, several companies have special offers and fund-raising deals. Here's a sampling, starting with a resort that offers comfort and support to survivors and their families all year round.

Singer Island Retreat Supports Cancer Survivors All Year

Unique in being Palm Beach County’s only all-suite beachfront hotel, the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa also shines out for its specially trained spa staff who work with cancer survivors. Relatives ages 16 and older who've been struck by cancer will be able to enjoy a wellness massage especially designed for them from the "Comfort Care Classics" menu. Special treatments include a manicure or pedicure, full body massage (50 minutes for $115), facial, Dilo Wrap of vitamins to nourish the skin, and light touch Reiki sessions to promote healing. Best yet, the caregivers who accompany cancer survivors to the spa get 20% off treatments for themselves. (Note that SiSpa is open to non-resort guests as well with advance booking.)

Families will love the location on Singer Island, a barrier island between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway. The contemporary highrise resort has 193 suites offering condo-style living for a comfortable and luxurious multigenerational family vacation. Not only can everyone have some privacy yet be together in the one or two-bedroom units; they can prepare whatever they like in a homey setting or dine out at one of the resort's fine restaurants.

On property, there are opportunities for biking, kayaking, snorkeling as well as surfing, and lessons in golf, tennis and yoga. The large lagoon pool has a waterslide that stays busy, and a separate infinity pool promises tranquility in private cabanas.

The award-winning SiSpa reports that it draws guests from all over with its sea-inspired therapies of all kinds -- the Voyage of the Si Chakra and Replenishing Sargasso Seaweed are two favorites -- so you should plan a pampering session for everyone. And when you're ready, the kids can check into the Kids Club for ages 4-12. That is, unless you're celebrating Pink Month by treating little ones to mani pedis of their own.

Los Angeles Resort Donates to the Cause

The oceanfront Spa del Rey offers a Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Body Ritual to promote relaxation, detoxification and hydration. The 90-minute treatment begins with a vigorous body scrub using the coarse pink sea salt, followed by a massaging rub of aromatic essential oils and a warm oil scalp massage. This Spa del Rey oasis is located in the AAA 5-diamond Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey overlooking the harbor, and welcomes hotel guests and non-guests over age 16 to its facilities, including a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. This particular massage is priced at $185, and 5% of the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Passengers Learn and Give at Sea

For travelers who'd rather be at sea, the Italy-based Costa Cruises is sponsoring a "Pink is Good" project onboard nine ships on Mediterranean routes. Breast cancer affects 48,000 women in Italy each year, and special activities and educational sessions will promote awareness, provide prevention tips, raise funds for research, and find a cure. From October 10-31, cruise passengers will learn from in-cabin videos, onboard materials and high level researchers at the Fondazione Umberto Veronesi, and help fund a scholarship for a deserving young Italian researcher.

Special at sea events will include a "Pink Day," when the sale of non-alcoholic pink cocktails and pink masks for a costume ball are among many ways to donate to the cause. Guests can also contribute through an onboard marathon, special photo sessions and more. "We are proud to support the 'Pink is Good' campaign [and] donate all the proceeds from these events in October entirely to the Foundation," said Costa Cruises Sustainability and External Relations Director Stefania Lallai.

Drink for a Cure in Washington D.C.

The Embassy Row Hotel, a Destination Hotel in Washington D.C., has designed a variety of community events for the fall season. To support Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 9, the hotel offers a rooftop yoga class followed by a Kendra Scott Rose Gold Roadshow Pop-Up. While cocktails are served in Station Kitchen & Cocktails, guests shopping at the Rose Gold Roadshow can select pieces for themselves knowing that 20% of sales go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and that a matching item will be gifted to a local breast cancer patient or survivor through Breast Care for Washington or The Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

We love this: Station Kitchen & Cocktails continues its Wednesday evening Support a Cause Happy Hours year round. From 4pm-7pm you can designate where you want to raise funds, and the hotel will donate $1 per beer or wine ordered to a designated charity.

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