The Green Bay Packers fight hard on the football field. Now they are asking their fans to help in their fight against cancer. The team is using the month of October to raise awareness of this deadly disease.
For eight years the Green Bay Packers have used the month of October to raise awareness for breast cancer. But this year the focus has broadened in this critical fight to save lives.
“We’re really proud to expand our cancer awareness initiative to include all forms of cancer,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy.
Tuesday Murphy released details to this years “Packers vs. Cancer” initiative – a partnership with Bellin Health and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
“With early detection, based on what we find in screenings, we could eliminate so much cancer,” said Jen Macdonald of Bellin Health.
“Through this initiative we have an opportunity to raise funds, to raise awareness and to fight this horrible disease,” said Packers placekicker, Mason Crosby.
The way money is being raised is through the sale of hats in the Packers Pro Shop – carrying the image of Vince Lombardi – who died of colon cancer at age 57.
“Five dollars from each hat sold will go directly to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation,” said Murphy.
Tuesday they went on sale and fans supporting the cause started buying.
“How else are you going to defeat it,” said one fan.
“It’s a double bonus – you get to wear our proud Packers and it goes to a charity we adore,” said another fan buying a couple hats.
When the Packers play the New Orleans Saints this month at Lambeau fans will receive banners to write the names of someone dealing with cancer and survivors will be honored on the field.
“We’re hoping to see a lot of our fans wearing the Vince Lombardi hat,” said Murphy.
Reminding everyone that after so many years of suffering, a cure needs to be found for all forms of cancer.
Fans can also make a $10 donation to the campaign by texting “Packers” to 50555 from Oct. 16 through Oct. 22.