As the nation marks the annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Cancer Society is partnering with the National Football League and high school football teams nationwide for a breast cancer awareness initiative called “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives.”
Joining other coaches from around the state, students and faculty at Geneva High School have organized a fundraising game night to raise critical funds and cancer awareness during the home game against Metea Valley High School on Friday, Oct. 12, for breast cancer prevention and early detection.
The game will feature Geneva High students selling pink T-shirts and rally towels to raise funds for breast cancer research. Breast cancer survivors will also be given special recognition on the football field during halftime.
By joining the American Cancer Society through A Crucial Catch, high school coaches will spotlight breast cancer awareness and remind women 40 and older about the importance of getting a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year to find breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. Coaches and players from across Illinois will come together to “Paint the State Pink” for breast cancer awareness.
More than 2.5 million Americans who are surviving breast cancer will celebrate a birthday this year thanks to the American Cancer Society and its supporters who are helping save lives. Fans can visit cancer.org to learn more about reducing their risk of breast cancer and scheduling an early detection exam.
“Geneva High School’s involvement creates an invaluable opportunity to reach so many local fans about the importance of early detection and screening for breast cancer,” said Meghan Goldbeck, American Cancer Society representative. “A Crucial Catch is an integral part of the Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.”
To learn more about A Crucial Catch, visit crucialcatchillinois.com or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.