This past Saturday, Katy Youth Football (KYF) players and cheerleaders showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pick socks, mouthpieces, hair bows and other accessories during all KYF football games to help raise awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for the American Cancer Society to help support increased cancer research. There are close to 2,000 football players and cheerleaders in KYF, and the disease has personally affected many of the players and their families.
Senior Varsity Jets player Will Priest’s great grandmother was a 50-year breast cancer survivor. She had a bi-lateral radical mastectomy 50 years ago and passed away in January of 2011. Senior Varsity Texans Coach Wilson Hart lost his sister to breast cancer when she was just 38 years old.
“We want the kids to know that it is important for their moms, grandmothers, aunts and sisters to get tested. They can be a catalyst and help encourage their loved ones to get the tests they need for early diagnosis,” says Keri Sherman, team parent coordinator and board director member.
According to statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly 230,480 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2011, and another 57,650 will be diagnosed with carcinoma in situ (CIS), a non-invasive, early form of breast cancer.
Breast cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. More than 39,500 women will die from the disease in 2011. One woman in every eight will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
Founded in 1980, Katy Youth Football is a 501c3 organization. KYF serves the community of Katy and surrounding areas with one of the nation’s premier football and cheerleading programs. The success of the program is directly linked to the dedication of the parents, coaches, children, and community.
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