Howdy Broncos Country!
With the 2011 NFL season in full swing, the colors orange and blue are pumping through the hearts of Broncos fans everywhere. Broncos Country represents a powerful force of undying loyalty that extends beyond the state of Colorado clear to the other side of the world! I can speak for all 26 Cheerleaders in saying that we are constantly energized by you, the best fans in football, sporting our team colors through thick and thin. That is why beginning this Sunday I am asking you to add another color to your palate – PINK — and join us in kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
While our boys go head-to-head with defending Super Bowl Champs, the Green Bay Packers, at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin, 15 of your Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and 125 Junior Broncos Cheerleaders will show our support in PINK at the 19th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Sunday morning, October 2nd, in Denver. If you’ll be at the race, look for us running in our special pink Broncos Cheerleader jerseys! Registration is still available to run the 5k at 7 a.m., walk the 5k at 8 a.m., or sign up for the 1-mile family walk/run at 9 a.m., where you’ll finish the race with support from 125 Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders!
The NFL and Denver Broncos have long supported this important cause, from the large pink ribbon hanging outside of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, to staff and players wearing splashes of pink in the game and on the sidelines including cleats, gloves, helmet decals and even the game day ball! For the third year in a row, the cheerleaders will use pink poms and wear our signature pink breast cancer awareness uniforms.
For the October 9th game at home against the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos will honor 100 breast cancer survivors in a halftime show on the field, a moving commemoration that is one of my personal favorites all season. The inspiring stories of several survivors will be recognized in a video presentation, which celebrates the strength and courage through their battle against breast cancer, and the life-changing journey by those affected.
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide. In Colorado, it affects one out of every seven women, according to the Susan G. Komen Denver Affiliate. Put it in perspective, if that statistic holds true, three of our current 26 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders will be diagnosed. Breast cancer affects everyone, not just the person diagnosed. Co-survivors (family, friends and coworkers) feel the effects too.
So, Broncos fans, I encourage you to join us in supporting the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign throughout the month of October. Register for the Race for the Cure in Denver, or pledge to “Sleep-in for the Cure” if you can’t make it. Add a splash of pink to your Broncos game-day gear at the game on October 9th. All of us have or will be affected by this disease on some level, let’s support the effort to find a cure with that thunderous energy I know we are capable of here in Broncos Country.
~ Katie K.