CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team will recognize breast cancer awareness during Friday's contest against the University of the Incarnate Word. As part of the event, $1 of every ticket sold on game day will be donated to FIRST FRIDAY to go toward breast cancer awareness and detection.
"Almost every one of us has some kind of personal connection to breast cancer, whether it be through a friend, family, or one's own struggle," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "I think FIRST FRIDAY is a great program that helps women of all ages with early detection through mammograms and I'm excited for the chance to help support their organization. With that being said, the more fans we have in attendance the greater our contribution can be to 'Kick Cancer!'"
The Islanders will also wear pink shirts during warm ups and all fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
This is one of several breast cancer awareness events associated with Islanders Athletics this month. The volleyball team will host its annual Dig Pink match on Thrusday, Oct. 17, against Stephen F. Austin, and student-athletes and staff in the athletics department are slated to once again take part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Friday's game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. at the Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium. It is a pivotal Southland Conference matchup for the Islanders, who are looking to climb into the race for a spot in the 2013 Southland Conference Tournament in their first year as a program. The team is coming off a momentous 1-0 win over McNeese State last Friday.
ABOUT FIRST FRIDAY
FIRST FRIDAY was created in 1994 by a small group of local women who came together to fight breast cancer in South Texas. FIRST FRIDAY has held annual fundraising events featuring breast cancer survivor celebrity speakers. The Fashion Show and Luncheon has gained popularity each year and occurs on the second Saturday of October. A prayer breakfast is also held each year.
Proceeds from these events, along with CHRISTUS Spohn Health System's annual contributions, have underwritten thousands of screening mammograms for the women of South Texas.
Partnering with FIRST FRIDAY, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System's Breast Care Program brings together all aspects of breast cancer awareness and detection, emphasizing education and community outreach. All CHRISTUS Spohn Hospitals (Alice, Beeville, Kleberg) including CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi (Memorial, South and Shoreline) offer mammograms and participate in the FIRST FRIDAY free mammogram program.