Since 2009, NFL coaches, referees and players have worn pink gear during October to help raise awareness of breast cancer. But for some NFL athletes, the Player's Association's One Team For The Cure campaign carries a deeper meaning. According to the NFL Players Association, several NFL athletes have been personally affected by having a close family member suffer from breast cancer. Here's what they’re doing to raise money and how you can help.
LeSean’s aunt, Christina, was diagnosed with breast cancer six months ago. Since then, McCoy has teamed up with Dick's Sporting Goods to launch Sport Your Support by providing pink gear and donations to the cause.
In 2005, Hayward lost his mother to breast cancer, and he honors her memory by serving as an ambassador for the Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He and teammates Connor Barth and Doug Martin also visit Hope Lodge residents to trade stories and assist with chores.
A late diagnosis led to James’s mother losing her fight against breast cancer in 2001. To help families avoid this pain and prevent future loss, James created Foundation 56, an outreach program that helps breast cancer patients and survivors finance needed services.
Eason is taking every opportunity this month to remember his late mother, who recently passed away from breast cancer. He created The Nick Eason Foundation, which provides affected families with financial, spiritual and emotional support. Eason is also sharing his personal story to increase awareness.
Williams recently hosted the NFLPA One Team for the Cure Reception for breast cancer survivors at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Charlotte. Williams’ mother battled and won her fight against breast cancer; and to celebrate and raise awareness for the past three years, DeAngelo has captained a team in Charlotte’s Race for the Cure.
Fitzgerald lost his mother to breast cancer in 2003. Recently, he's been using social media to promote breast cancer awareness. For every new Facebook like and Twitter follower he gets during the month of October, Fitzgerald will donate 25 cents. He has also pledged $5,000 per touchdown and $1,000 per reception this season. Watch the superstar speak about his personal experience by watching his interview on NFL.com.
Learn about still more NFL players who are promoting breast cancer awareness on NFLPlayers.com.