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Survivors Celebration Fun Time For All

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 2, 2012 – 2:35 pm

Kendra Cofield watched in amazement as four breast cancer survivors had professionals applying makeup to their faces.

Yes, the four women looked amazing, but, you see, makeup just has never really been Cofield’s thing.

“Honestly, I don’t really know how to put on makeup too well,” Cofield admitted with a smile. “So I like the whole makeup counter we have going on here. I’m trying to pick up some tips.”

Cofield, the wife of Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield, was one of several Redskins’ wives or girlfriends helping out Tuesday at the fifth-annual All-Star Survivors Celebration at Redskins Park.

The area women participating in Tuesday’s celebration are currently battling breast cancer and receive new wigs, scarves, makeup, jeans and a custom-made pink and burgundy Redskins jersey.

“I was so excited when I found out about the event because breast cancer touches so many different people’s lives,” Cofield said. “I just felt it was so important to be a part of this event, which is such a happy time for them where they can come and be completely pampered and spoiled. It just gives them a break from the daily grind of what they have to go through.”

Cofield said, like so many others, she has been personally affected by breast cancer.

Cofield’s grandmother was a breast cancer survivor, and her cousin lost her battle with the disease just last year.

“I just remember how hard she fought,” Cofield said of her cousin. “So just to be able to be involved in something that is so close to my heart — and so many other people’s hearts — it’s just a great thing.”

Tuesday’s event was also aided by several current and former Redskins players who were more than willing to offer a helping hand.

One of the current players, defensive lineman Chris Baker, said he draws inspiration from the men and women who battle cancer daily.

“I know how hard it can be to take all of your strength away, and to see these women get up every day and fight through and keep going on with the day-to-day operations, it’s a motivation for us,” Baker said. “When all we do is hurt a hamstring or a back or something, we’ve got to get back to fighting, but they’re fighting for their lives.”

Tuesday’s event, as usual, was hosted by Tanya Snyder, the wife of Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder, and Redskins’ great tight end Chris Cooley, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor.

A breast cancer survivor herself, Tanya Snyder has been active in several NFL breast cancer awareness initiatives. She teamed up with the Zeta Tau Alpa (ZTA) sorority in 1999 created a national model for the THINK-PINK! breast cancer awareness and education campaign throughout the NFL.

Kendra Cofield considered herself lucky to be associated with a team like the Redskins that has a powerful breast cancer awareness spokesperson in Tanya Snyder.

“Mrs. Snyder, she’s such a charitable, giving, caring woman,” Cofield said. “She’s always at every event and is really very hands-on. She’s not just sort of watching from the wings, coordinating it, throwing the money at it and going away — she’s very involved, and that is amazing.”

Here’s a couple tweets from Redskins players about the All-Stars Survivor Celebration event:

Defensive lineman Chris Baker:

Fullback Eric Kettani:

Long snapper Nick Sundberg:

Running back Alfred Morris:

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