In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Redskins All-Pro tight end Chris Cooley has announced his third annual “Cooleys For The Cure” rally. The event will take place this Monday Oct. 10, 7-10 p.m. at Clyde’s in Ashburn. Tickets are $65 on Cooley’s website, and buy you an excellent spread of food and drinks. Donations are also possible on the site.
Breast cancer affects us all in way or another, and it was Chris’s mother, Nancy, whose diagnosis brought the issue to the forefront for Chris. This rally goes to benefit two organizations that assist women in Northern Virginia: the IIIB’s, and the The Virginia Hospital Center – Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health.
This is part of Nancy Cooley’s story, in her own words:
On a Friday while driving to work, I received a call from my doctor telling me that I had breast cancer. It was one week before Chris and Christy’s wedding. I had many relatives coming to town that weekend and the next week. Instead of being able to focus on seeing everyone and celebrating Chris and Christy’s wedding, the only thoughts in my head were “I have cancer”.
I went through four months of chemotherapy, surgeries – six now, and 28 radiation treatments over the past three years. Reconstruction has been ongoing to try to rebuild my broken body. I know that these treatments would not be available without the help of the money raised for research of this horrible disease.
During the past three years, I have met many women who are battling cancer – Kathy, Noel, Regina, Karin, Della, and Kim. These are six women who reached out to me after learning that they had breast cancer. They are all mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives. I’m so grateful that they too have successfully battled cancer so far. There are so many more people, not just women that are battling cancer. We need an end to this madness!!
And here is Chris in his own tweets:
Go to Chris’s website for more information.