Today, I want to tell you about a very special woman. Lisa Pevateaux (formerly Corbell) was a member of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders from 1995 -1998. She was a leader and captain which means a lot when 30 women with strong leadership backgrounds all get together. Lisa is beautiful inside and out and you can’t take your eyes off her when she performs. She was one of my favorites — yes, I do have favorites. The women that motivate themselves, lead by example, and when I am not around I know they will always do the right thing in any situation.
This week is Lisa’s last week of chemotherapy before she delivers her baby boy in October. Yes, Lisa has cancer. Breast cancer. She is my first friend and I am sure not my last to come down with this horrible disease. She found out she had cancer when she went to confirm her much-wanted pregnancy at her doctor’s office. So, the same day she was blessed with the wonderful news of a child, her doctor found a lump.
Lisa is a fighter. There is no doubt in her mind that she will beat this cancer and she is not just looking to beat it, but to win by such a victory that it wouldn’t dare show up later for a re-match. She also wants to educate others and raise as much money to help with a cure.This is where we come in. The Denver Broncos are already strong supporters of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Every year, you see the big pink ribbon on the side of the stadium and the current Cheerleaders and employees participate in “The Race.” But this year we will be running for Team Lisa. This now hits really close to home and when that happens, watch out, all hands on deck!
Right now our Alumni/DBC Team is the largest on the Race for the Cure web site. We are in second place for donations and we are just getting started.
I also suppose that it was no coincidence that I scheduled our 15-Year DBC Alumni Reunion Halftime on Sunday, October 7. This was before the date was announced for the Denver Race for the Cure which just happens to be on the same day. The world has a wonderful way of synching up important dates and things in our lives.
So, on Sunday, October 7, current Cheerleaders, Alumni Cheerleaders, friends and family will all run in “The Race” with shirts that say Broncos for the Cure and TEAM LISA monogrammed on the sleeve in pink rhinestones (what else?). After the race, we will head over to the stadium to get ready for the game and our Alumni Reunion Halftime show. At the end of that show, we will present a check to Susan G. Komen for the Cure from the Broncos Cheerleaders in honor of Lisa Pevateaux. It is going to be an AWESOME day! Here are some ways you can help and show your support:1) Attend our 2008 Calendar Release Party. All the proceeds from this event will go directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
INVESCO Field at Mile High
United East Club Lounge
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$25 gets you your 2008 Calendar, autographs by all 34 Cheerleaders, complimentary Budweiser and appetizers. We will also be hosting a silent auction that evening all benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
2) Buy a Broncos For the Cure T-Shirt. You can purchase at the Broncos Team Store or directly from the Cheerleader Department (ours say TEAM LISA in rhinestones). You can call for more information 720-258-3181.
3) Sign up and run with TEAM LISA. Go to www.raceforthecure-denver.com. Click on Teams and then go to Teams List. Look for DBC-TEAM LISA. The more the merrier!
4) Make a donation in Lisa’s name. Go to www.raceforthecure-denver.com for more information.
Thanks for reading. I know that my short blog did not do Lisa justice. Her spirit and her light are an amazing thing to witness right now. I hope that if I ever have to go through something like this in my life, I will have the courage, strength and grace to be just like Lisa.
I included a couple of photos of Lisa from her time on our team. One is her head shot and the other is her calendar shot from 1996. She still has those amazing abs!