No one works harder at staying physically fit than pro athletes and so it touches these players in a special way when they hear of women being stricken with breast cancer, a disease that kills tens of thousands of women in the United States each and every year. In an effort to raise awareness of this disease in terms of early diagnosis and prevention, each team in the NFL is doing something in the month of October for national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Some Horrifying Statistics
What these teams are looking at are the statistics released by the American Cancer Society in which they estimate that at least 246,000 women in the United States alone will be diagnosed with some form of invasive breast cancer this year, of which approximately 61,000 will die. That’s just under 25% and to these generous athletes, that figure is unacceptable. By raising public awareness and funds to further research, the NFL hopes to help eliminate the disease forever. Many makers of health foods and natural supplements have also joined forces with the NFL. The Natures Sunshine & Breast Cancer Awareness campaign coincides with what the NFL is doing and together with tens of thousands of other businesses they hope to help find a cure.
What Teams Are Doing
Each team in the NFL is doing something in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month such as the Arizona Cardinals that sponsored the Pink Game for 2 local high schools in Arizona, providing them with pink gear. Throughout the month they will hold or host other events to raise awareness and money. The Atlanta Falcons will work together with Northside Hospital on the week of October 23 featuring elements that are pink and other visible signs in support of breast cancer awareness. For a complete list of what the NFL has done or is intent on doing this year, visit the NFL page set up for fans wishing to also show their support. They ask that their fans come out in support of this amazing charity and together work towards a cure.
One Man’s Journey
In 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers running back, DeAngelo Williams, lost his mother to breast cancer. He also lost three of his aunts to the same disease in previous years and this brings breast cancer to a very personal level with him. In 2009, prior to his mother’s death, he was largely responsible for the NFL allowing players to wear pink cleats throughout the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and since then he has taken his efforts even further. He set up a charitable foundation, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation, and last year this charitable group pledged to pay for 53 mammograms in two cities in honor of his mother who was 53 when she died.
This year the NFL has pledged huge amounts to the cause and has actively sought donations from fans while wearing pink and sponsoring pink events throughout their home territory. They ask that loyal fans everywhere do something, however small, to help find a cure and eliminate breast cancer once and for all.