Union to raise awareness for breast, ovarian cancer
Philadelphia Union's regular season home finale at PPL Park on Saturday vs. Toronto FC, presented by Toyota, will be Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day.
To help spread awareness, the Union have partnered with the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to finding an early detection test for ovarian cancer, funding improved treatments for the disease, and developing programs to educate the public and physicians about ovarian cancer. For more information about the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, visit sandyovarian.org.
The Union have also partnered with FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), the only national non-profit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. FORCE's mission includes support, education, advocacy, awareness and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. For more information about FORCE, visit facingourrisk.org.
Every fan in attendance will receive a breast cancer awareness mini-scarf courtesy of Toyota. Players will be wearing pink and teal shoelaces, and pink balls, towels and wristbands will be used.
At halftime, there will be a Passing of the Torch ceremony with ovarian and breast cancer survivors. The Passing of the Torch ceremony is intended to highlight the hereditary link between breast and ovarian cancer, honor cancer survivors and those at high risk, remember those whose lives have been lost to cancer, and recognize families that have been affected by cancer.
There will also be Union Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day gear for sale in the Union Shop.
Additonally, fans are encouraged to donate new or gently worn coats to needy families in Chester as part of the 2011 SEPA Hall of Fame's "Coats for Chester" program. Collection bins will be located at all gates. For more information, visit sepasoccerhall.com.