The first games in October are finally being played and throughout the month of Octber the past couple of years, the NFL has brought the color pink into many aspects of the game. This year is no different. The NFL, its clubs, players and the NFL Players Association support the fight against breast cancer. Their campaign, “A Crucial Catch”, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older. Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel, on-field pink ribbon stencils, special game balls and pink coins – all to help raise awareness for this important campaign.
All apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with special game balls and pink coins will be auctioned off at NFL Auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program. The CHANGE program provides outreach and breast cancer screenings to women in underserved communities.
This year will mark the 15th anniversary of Zeta Tau Alpha’s ThinkPink Ribbon Distribution Fan Outreach Program, which has donated over 5 million pink ribbons to NFL fans at games around the nation. Make sure you get your pink ribbon if you go to a game.
It is estimated that 1 in 8 woman in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2013 it is estimated that about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, about 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed, and bout 39,620 women will die from breast cancer
Here at Ramblin’ Fan, our thoughts go out to those who have fought breast cancer, those who are fighting cancer, and to the families who have been affected. Breast cancer rates have been decreasing since 2000 and we ask that you help make a change, help find the cure, and help continue to decrease those rates. Make a difference, make a change, and donate today.