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Fighting Cancer? The Mammovan Can

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 13, 2012 – 3:09 pm

Our focus on Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues with a look at the famous Mammovan.

On Thursday, the George Washington Medical Faculty Associates Mobile Mammography Program — or, for short, the Mammovan — headed to FedExField to help 15 Prince Georges County women receive mammograms at no charge. The screenings, which were coordinated through the CSA in Maryland, lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Mammovan has actually been a staple in the Washington, D.C.-area’s battle against breast cancer since 1996.

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Griffin III: I’m Wearing Pink Sleeve

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 1, 2012 – 9:26 pm

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Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III confirmed via his Twitter account tonight that he’ll be wearing a pink arm sleeve as part of this month’s NFL breast cancer awareness initiatives.

Griffin III — who has always worn a sleeve on his left, non-throwing arm during his time with the Redskins — originally told a follower that the league would not allow him to wear a pink sleeve, but that message apparently changed pretty quickly:

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To Infinity … And A Pink Cast?

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 1, 2012 – 5:13 pm

Injured Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg can’t exactly participate in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month festivities at FedExField, so he’s doing whatever he can to make up for it.

Sundberg — who played an entire half with a broken arm Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints before being placed on IR — today tweeted out the above photo of his new hot pink cast.

The shades are also a nice touch, Nick.

And one more thing: I’ll look beyond the fact that this photo is the typical “picture of yourself in the bathroom mirror” shot that often plagues my Facebook feed simply because Sundberg has an awesome Toy Story shower curtain.

Anyway, Sundberg has great timing, considering tomorrow is the official kickoff of the various Redskins’ “Think Pink” initiatives this month.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kicks Off

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 1, 2012 – 4:22 pm

The Washington Redskins are embarking on several initiatives to promote National Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October at both FedExField and Redskins Park.

Tanya Snyder — wife of Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder and NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Spokesperson — Chris Cooley, the Redskins’ franchise leader in receptions by a tight end, and the Washington Redskins Community Relations Department, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, will kick off the month-long campaign by hosting the fifth annual All-Star Survivors Celebration at Redskins Park tomorrow.

More than 20 area women currently battling breast cancer, or “All-Stars,” will attend an afternoon of pampering, support and celebration. The breast cancer survivors will receive new jeans donated by Gap Inc., as well as new wigs, scarves, makeup and a custom-made pink and burgundy Redskins jersey.

The All-Stars will also be wearing pink New Era caps on-field during player introductions at the Redskins breast cancer awareness game, which will be held during Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. The game will feature:

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FedExField Turns A Shade Of Pink

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 11:28 am

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Disciples of the Burgundy and Gold will be able to see their home stadium accented in pink today, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Povich Press Box was set up by the Redskins public relations staff with pink namecards, player flip cards, and pregame press releases:

The security personnel are wearing a very intimidating shade of pink polos for the game, and each member of the Redskins staff is wearing pink ribbons.  The first 60,000 fans will be given the same pink ribbon pins: Read more »

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Rally For Hope With ‘Cooleys For The Cure’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 5, 2011 – 11:43 am

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In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Redskins All-Pro tight end Chris Cooley has announced his third annual “Cooleys For The Cure” rally.  The event will take place this Monday Oct. 10, 7-10 p.m. at Clyde’s in Ashburn.  Tickets are $65 on Cooley’s website, and buy you an excellent spread of food and drinks.  Donations are also possible on the site.

Breast cancer affects us all in way or another, and it was Chris’s mother, Nancy, whose diagnosis brought the issue to the forefront for Chris.  This rally goes to benefit two organizations that assist women in Northern Virginia: the IIIB’s, and the The Virginia Hospital Center – Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health.

This is part of Nancy Cooley’s story, in her own words:

On a Friday while driving to work, I received a call from my doctor telling me that I had breast cancer. It was one week before Chris and Christy’s wedding. I had many relatives coming to town that weekend and the next week. Instead of being able to focus on seeing everyone and celebrating Chris and Christy’s wedding, the only thoughts in my head were “I have cancer”.

I went through four months of chemotherapy, surgeries – six now, and 28 radiation treatments over the past three years. Reconstruction has been ongoing to try to rebuild my broken body. I know that these treatments would not be available without the help of the money raised for research of this horrible disease.

During the past three years, I have met many women who are battling cancer – Kathy, Noel, Regina, Karin, Della, and Kim. These are six women who reached out to me after learning that they had breast cancer. They are all mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives. I’m so grateful that they too have successfully battled cancer so far. There are so many more people, not just women that are battling cancer. We need an end to this madness!!

And here is Chris in his own tweets:

Go to Chris’s website for more information.

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Redskins Pregame Warmup Notes

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 2, 2011 – 12:58 pm

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the Redskins and Rams have teamed up with the NFL to help spread the word.  The players have taken the field and are wearing pink as part of various part of their uniforms, including gloves, shoes, socks, belts, and skull caps, and many will wear them for the entire month

Here are the sights and scenes from warmup:

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Redskins receiver Donte’ Stallworth is well-liked around the league, and had a smile and handshake for Rams running back Steven Jackson.

During pregame warmup in the weather-controlled dome, Redskins kicker Graham Gano nailed a 62-yard field goal, and casually walked back to the sidelines If it comes down to a clutch kick, he looks calm, cool and collected.

See you after the first quarter.

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