|Titans fan Faye Evans, a breast cancer survivor of 21 years shares her story with Amie Wells. Evans is holding one of the signs that are available to honor those affected by the disease. Click here to donate.|
Fans have the opportunity to pay special tribute to family members and/or friends with a large, commemorative pink ribbon sign for a tax-deductible $100 donation. The signs will say “Survivor” or “In Loving Memory” along with the name of the loved one and will be displayed outside LP Field during the Titans Breast Cancer Awareness game on Oct. 6. Click here to donate.
“It’s a really wonderful way to tell someone you love them, you care about them, you want them to know that you do appreciate all that they have gone through,” said Patty Harman, executive director of Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville. “We’re very excited about the Crucial Catch campaign.”
All proceeds raised from sales will support the Saint Thomas Health “Our Mission in Motion” Mobile Mammography unit, a motor coach that increases access to screening mammograms for underserved populations with or without insurance in 17 counties in Middle Tennessee.
Faye Evans is a 21-year survivor of breast cancer and long-time passionate Titans supporter. Evans’ commitment to the team goes all the way back to traveling to Memphis in the franchise’s first year in Tennessee as the Oilers. The season-ticket holder is always fired up about attending Titans games but expects the sight of the signs to provide a “breathtaking” moment.
“I know I will be brought to tears and many others will as well,” Evans told Titans Online’s Amie Wells. “But it will just mean that that translates into a lot of money and a lot of opportunities for women and men that have not gotten the opportunity to have a mammogram to catch their cancer early if they in fact have it so they have a better chance of surviving.”
Evans joined other breast cancer survivors outside LP Field on Sept. 17 to announce the availability of the ribbon signs and speak about the importance of early detection and how it can increase the rate of survival.
This is the fifth-year of “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives” initiative by the NFL and NFL Players Association to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October. The tribute includes pink ribbon decals on game balls and equipment for players and coaches worn during games and auctioned to raise money and awareness to fight breast cancer.
The special tribute signs can be picked up at the Gate 1 ticket office following the Titans game against the Kansas City Chiefs. There is a limit of 500 signs available.
Evans said the support for the cause is encouraging and she wants to help others facing what she experienced.
“It means a lot to have all of the support from Susan G. Komen, the Titans, anyone who supports breast cancer,” Evans said. “If you’ve ever had it, all of us know it is an arduous process. It can really drag you down, but when you’ve got support and people behind you it really makes it much easier. Like I said, I’m here 21 years and I am so pleased to be able to help in any way that I can.”