Breast cancer survivors and Chicago Bears fans of all ages enjoyed the gathering with surprise fun for all and an unveiling of annual ‘Real Bears Fans Wear Pink’ t-shirt.
Advocate Health Care, the Chicago Bears and members of the community young and old came together on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 in an effort to raise awareness for the disease that affects one in eight women during her lifetime.
The Chicago Bears ‘Bears Care’ is the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears, that hosts and partners with a variety of fundraising events throughout the year as part of their commitment to improving lives in the Chicagoland community. For a decade the organization has championed an annual ‘Real Bears Fans Wear Pink’ campaign to raise funds to support local breast cancer patients and their families. Almost $1 million has been raised in the past nine years. Partnering with the Advocate Charitable Foundation this year, together they plan to promote and support the initiative and exceed the million-dollar milestone.
In addition to a fun assortment of interactive games, the Chicago Bears ‘Bears Care’ brought current and popular retired players to meet patients and fans.
Advocate Health Care honored breast cancer survivors and fighters having them model the two choices for this year’s ‘Real Bears Fans Wear Pink’ t-shirts along with current Bears Charles Leno, Jr. and Marcus Cooper, Sr.
Advocate’s President of Physician and Ambulatory Services, AMG, Vincent J. Bufalino, was master of ceremonies introducing members of the Chicago Bears organization and Advocate physicians who care for cancer patients. In addition to modeling the new shirts, the breast cancer patients and survivors were surprised with tickets to the October 22nd game by Advocate Health Care, the official Health Care provider of the Chicago Bears. The game is against the Carolina Panthers, and the Chicago Bears will be officially recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Organizations looking for opportunities to support breast cancer awareness in the month of October can join the ‘Real Bears Fans Wear Pink’ efforts and sell t-shirts. The top fundraising group will receive a visit from a Chicago Bear player. Contact Bears.Care@bears.nfl.net