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For the 10th year, the National Football League and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are working together to support the fight against cancer through “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer.” The initiative, which kicked off with last weekend’s games and continues through Week 7 games, addresses early detection and risk reduction efforts for multiple cancers.

Since 2009, more than $18.5 million has been raised and donated to ACS through the partnership. Funds donated through Crucial Catch this season will be directed toward support of three screenable cancers: breast, colorectal and cervical. Funding will continue to support the American Cancer Society Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) Program, a community-based grant program that provides grant opportunities to community health centers to support systems-level change and increased access to low- or no-cost cancer screenings in underserved communities.

Though NFL funding, ACS has also recently awarded $3.2 million in grants to 32 health systems in the 32 NFL markets to address disparities in breast cancer mortality that exist among women of color. Grant funded health systems will receive $100,000 over two years.

Since 2012, CHANGE grants have contributed to 209,900 screenings and have reached more than 632,000 individuals with education, screening reminders and patient navigation.  In addition, the NFL will work with ACS and CHANGE grant recipients to host education sessions and/or screenings in their communities, and many NFL teams will participate in these educational activities, bringing these life-saving messages and screening services to those who need them most.

As part of the campaign, the NFL and ACS created THE DEFENDER, a digital tool, which provides consumers, including New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with personalized tips to reduce their cancer risk. The free, user-friendly tool allows fans to take control of their health and increase their understanding of how healthy lifestyle habits can help reduce their cancer risk. Fans may access The Defender at TheDefender.cancer.org.  Fans who complete the Defender will have the option to donate to ACS and enter for a chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, inclusive of travel and other Super Bowl-related events, as part of an ACS contest.

This year’s campaign includes new digital features where NFL players talk about cancer’s impact on their lives. Players including Vikings quarterback KIRK COUSINS, Lions linebacker Eli Harold and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson participated in the videos. Please visit http://www.nfl.com/crucialcatch to learn all the ways teams are supporting Crucial Catch this month.

Crucial Catch also reaches the youth and high school football community across the country. With the help of USA Football, Carolina Panthers Head Coach RON RIVERA sent a note to youth and high school football coaches nationally, offering ideas for how schools and teams can join the fight against cancer. Interested teams may visit cancer.org/youthcrucialcatch to sign up, pledge to fundraise for ACS, and download a toolkit to support their Crucial Catch game.

NFL-issued Crucial Catch gameday apparel will feature a multi-colored logo representing all cancers. NFL teams have the option of supporting early detection and risk-reduction efforts for one or multiple cancers in-stadium and in their communities. In addition, players may wear cleats, shoelaces and wristbands in any color representing the type of cancer awareness they support and/or have been impacted by during their team’s Crucial Catch game.

Beginning last Sunday and continuing through Week 7, NFL Crucial Catch games will feature:

· Game balls with the Crucial Catch logo

· Multi-colored equipment for players including: helmet decals, captains’ patches, cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, sideline towels, quarterback towels and shoelaces.

· Multi-colored ribbon pins for coaches and teams

· Caps and pins for game officials

· On-field multi-colored Crucial Catch stencils

· Multi-colored goal post wraps in end zones

· Field-wall banners in the color(s) of the cancer awareness movement(s) that each club supports

Game-worn Crucial Catch merchandise and footballs will be autographed and auctioned on NFL Auction (nfl.com/auction). The NFL does not profit from the sale of Crucial Catch merchandise. Charitable contributions are donated to the American Cancer Society to support its CHANGE grant program.

In a partnership between the NFL, ACS and Twitch, starting in October during FOX’s Thursday Night Football games presented by Bud Light, Twitch will donate $1 for every 100 Bits “Cheered” on the Prime Video Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/primevideo). Bits are a virtual good used in Twitch chat that provide viewers with a way to virtually Cheer and support their favorite broadcasts. Bits can be purchased directly from the chat window and appear in chat in the form of gem-shaped animated emotes. The more Bits used, the bigger and more animated the emotes get, illustrating the support of the fans. 100% of all Cheers from these Bits will be donated to ACS.

In support of Crucial Catch, Barclaycard is contributing 1% of all NFL Extra Points card purchases, up to $25,000, in the month of October to the American Cancer Society. In addition, cardmembers have the ability to use points to donate directly to ACS.

The NFL and all 32 teams support Crucial Catch and the fight against cancer all year long. In October, NFL teams designate home games and plan events with local organizations to bring awareness to the cause.

TEAM – Selected Cancer(s): Crucial Catch Activations

Arizona – Breast Cancer: The Cardinals “Crucial Catch” game will take place on Thursday, October 18 against Denver. Before the game, the Cardinals will team up with the local ZTA sorority members to hand out Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons to fans as they enter the building. The American Cancer Society will be the beneficiary of the 50 / 50 Raffle. During halftime, 100 Breast Cancer Survivors will perform with the Cardinals Cheerleaders and unfurl a 100′ long Pink Ribbon. On October 5, the Arizona Cardinals are sponsored their 10th annual high school “Pink Game” by supplying two local high schools with pink shoelaces, socks and wristbands. Both teams’ coaches were provided with BCA hats to use during the game. Cardinals players, mascot Big Red, Cardinals Cheerleaders and Nicole Bidwill will join Breast Cancer survivors from both schools at halftime for a special presentation. October 22, Cardinals players & Cigna will host a special dinner for Breast Cancer survivors and families at the Saana Sushi & Grill Restaurant in Ahwatukee. The players will display their skills in the art of teppanyaki cooking and serve the guests.

Atlanta – All Cancers: At the Falcons Crucial Catch on October 14 against Tampa Bay, there will be various gameday activations and recognition of cancer fighters and survivors. The team hosted the 10th Annual Dazzle and Dine presented by Grady Hospital on October 9 Dazzle and Dine honors those currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as well as breast cancer survivors for their continued effort in fighting against breast cancer. Dazzle and Dine honorees will be treated to a day of pampering followed by hibachi dinner prepared by Atlanta Falcons players.

Baltimore – All Cancers: At the Ravens Crucial Catch game on October 21 against New Orleans, the Ravens will honor 40 survivors of all different types of cancer during pregame ceremonies – honorees will consist of Ravens PSL owners. All fans will receive “Today I honor…” placards to personalize in honor of those they know affected by cancer. Fans will be asked to raise the placards at a special moment during the game. In addition to player-organized events, the Ravens will, for the fourth-straight year, host their annual Sip N Paint event at M&T Bank stadium on Monday, October 15. The night will honor breast cancer survivors, as well as those undergoing treatment, with proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society. On Friday, Oct. 19, the Ravens will host the weekly Highschool Football Showdown and provide Crucial Catch assets, in addition to American Cancer Society representatives being onsite. The team will also support the local American Cancer Society’s Crucial Catch Day on Oct. 24.

Buffalo – All Cancers: At the Bills Crucial Catch game against Tennessee on October 7, the team honored 50 cancer survivors on-field with a special pregame ceremony. The Bills will join Great Lakes Cancer Care and the local American Cancer Society to celebrate Crucial Catch the week that led up to the October 7 game. The team hosted a dinner for breast cancer survivors at New Era Field, as well as a family fun night for families affected by pediatric cancer in the ADPRO Sports Training Center.

Carolina – All Cancers: At the Panthers Crucial Catch game on October 7 against the New York Giants, the team honored 21 pediatric cancer patients from Levine Children’s. During the 2nd quarter, the crowd was prompted to turn to the children’s suite and give collective hand waves of support to all the children. All patients had their initials displayed on three Panthers players helmets during the week of October 1. A post-practice meet and greet will be held on October 6 in which players will have the opportunity to meet the cancer patients they are playing for on Sunday. The team is partnering with Academy Sports+ Outdoors on Oct 2 to provide five pediatric cancer patients with an exclusive shopping spree with Panthers players Damiere Byrd, Bryan Cox, Jr. and Chris Manhertz. During the month of October, the Panthers will partner with the American Cancer Society to bring Crucial Catch experience to local high schools through the High School Crucial Catch fundraising program, benefitting the CHANGE Grant program.

Chicago Bears Breast Cancer At the Bears’ Crucial Catch game on October 21 against New England, 50 breast cancer patients and survivors will unfurl a pink ribbon on field during pregame and flag runners will carry pink flags and wear the 2018 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink shirts as they lead the team onto the field. All Bear Down Flag participants will be given a RBFWP shirt to wear on field.  Bears Care, the team’s charitable arm, will be selling 2018 RBFWP shirts throughout October and at the game. On September 25, Bears Care kicked off the team’s annual Real Bears Fans Wear Pink (RBFWP) campaign by hosting more than 50 survivors at Halas Hall and distributing $157,500 in grants to area organizations that provide care, assistance and support to breast cancer patients and their families. During the week leading up to the October 21 game, Bears’ players will wear white and pink Advocate Health Care patches on their practice jerseys, which will be auctioned off to fans via the Chicago Bears App. The Chicago Bears and Bears Care will have additional activations throughout the month of October with breast cancer patients and survivors. 20,000 Bears\Advocate Health Care branded blue super hero capes will be distributed to fans and ZTA Sorority will be onsite passing out pink ribbons.

Cincinnati – Breast Cancer: At the Bengals’ Crucial Catch game on October 14 against Pittsburgh, the team will honor those affected by breast cancer. During the pregame, more than 100 breast cancer survivors and caregivers will be recognized on-field during a special ceremony, and the team will announce the winner of the 2018 Marvin Lewis Community Fund Pink Football Award, given to an outstanding breast cancer survivor for their strength, courage and perseverance in battling the devastating disease. Prior to the game, TriHealth, the Bengals’ official healthcare provider, will distribute information at its Mammography Van outside the stadium and hand out pink hats at the gates. More than 100 members of Zeta Tau Alpha will distribute pink ribbons to fans as part of its “Think Pink” program.

Cleveland – Breast Cancer: At the Browns Crucial Catch game on October 7 against Baltimre, nominated cancer survivors joined the Browns for a special pregame moment to recognize their courageous battle with cancer with the unfurl of the symbolic pink ribbon banner. The First and Ten Coin Toss Captain of the game will be showcased sharing their volunteer story and connection to cancer. Prior to kickoff, members of the ZTA distributed pink ribbons to fans entering the gates, marking the 16th anniversary of the ZTA and Browns partnership to raise awareness for breast cancer – to date over 300,000 ribbons have been distributed to Browns fans. Additionally, the American Cancer Society will be sharing information with fans who visit Dawg Pound Drive. All cancers will be celebrated where pink accents will be illustrated through pink Crucial Catch shirts worn by survivors. Kids and their families invited through University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s oncology unit will join us for the game as VIP guests. Browns players will visit UH Seidman Cancer Center to visit patients receiving cancer treatment. The Browns will also have a walk team at the Cleveland Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to help create additional awareness.

Dallas – All Cancers: At the Cowboy’s Crucial Catch game on October 14 against Jacksonville, the team will host approximately 100 survivors and co-survivors of seven types of cancer. Survivors will participate in a special halftime show and form a human awareness ribbons on the field during the performance. The Cowboys, in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, will host the fourth annual Star Survivors visit at The Star in Frisco and will be honored during pregame on field. Cowboys staff, their families and fans will once again form TEAM COWBOYS to run / walk at the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure. On October 11, the Dallas Cowboys Women’s Association will team up with Kendra Scott to host a charity shopping night at the jeweler’s Plano location, with a portion of all sales from the event benefiting Komen. The Cowboys, Baylor Scott & White Health and the Komen Foundation will provide low-cost / complimentary mammograms to at-risk women in North Texas through a $5,000 Crucial Catch grant from the NFL Foundation. On October 22, Komen will host a breast health Lunch & Learn for Cowboys employees at the team’s practice facility in Frisco.

Denver – All Cancers: At the team’s Crucial Catch game against the Los Angeles Rams on October 14, the Denver Broncos will host the annual Fight Like A Bronco game recognizing more than 100 cancer survivors. Prior to the game, the team will host a special reception for survivors and guests with Broncos President and CEO JOE ELLIS. Survivors will represent a myriad of cancers and be recognized on field at halftime during a special choreographed program with Broncos Cheerleaders. Custom Fight Like A Bronco ’47 brand t-shirts will be available for sale in all four Denver Broncos Team Store locations. 100% of t-shirt sales will benefit the American Cancer Society. On Monday, October 1, the Denver Broncos worked in conjunction with the American Cancer Society for A Crucial Catch screening event and health fair. Broncos players will visit oncology patients at both Children’s Hospital Colorado and UCHealth’s University of Colorado Hospital during October as part of the team’s Fight Like a Bronco cancer platform outreach.

Detroit – All Cancers: At the Lions Crucial Catch game on October 6th against Green Bay, 36 cancer patients and survivors were honored during a pregame ceremony on the field. Fans receive dgiveaways courtesy of Henry Ford Health System and the Game On initiative including, car flags and placards to personalize. During the game fans were asked to raise their placards to recognize loved ones effected by cancer. In conjunction with Henry Ford Health System, the Lions will host several events including, their Second Annual Superhero Ball for children and families who have been impacted by cancer, a hospital visit to cancer patients with cheerleaders and Lions Legends, a breast cancer awareness event that will be held at Ford Field, which will  include Zumba and give women the opportunity to schedule a mammogram, and there will also be an event featuring current and former Lions players for male cancer patients and survivors. The Lions will partner with the American Cancer Society to promote cancer awareness at two local high school football games. The team will also present a $10,000 check to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research to Chris Spielman in honor of his late wife, Stefanie Spielman.

Green Bay – All Cancers: At the Packers’ Crucial Catch game on October 15 agianst San Francisco, the team will present a check at halftime to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation and recognize survivors of all different types of cancers. The Packers Pro Shop will sell a Vince Lombardi hat, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF). Throughout the month of October, players and Alumni will visit with cancer patients at local hospitals.

Houston – Breast Cancer: At the Texans Crucial Catch game on October 7 against Dallas, the Texans hosted their annual Pink Ribbon Day presented by Kroger. Janice McNair, wife of founder, chairman and CEO, Robert C. McNair will serve as the Homefield Advantage Captain, along with the mothers of CB Kareem Jackson and QB Deshaun Watson, who have all been affected by cancer. Proceeds from the Houston Texans Foundation gameday auction will benefit Hope Lodge Houston, southeast Texas’ first and only no-cost, residential facility that will be exclusively for cancer patients who travel to Houston for treatment. The McNair Foundation and Houston Texans have donated more than $5 million to the project. On Tuesday, October 2, the Texans hosted the “Tackling Cancer Reception,” featuring 13 breast cancer survivors and patients currently in-treatment. The ladies will participate in a small runway show, as they walk the “pink carpet,” they will be escorted by Texans celebrity (player, cheerleader, Texans Legend). Participants will then be surprised with tickets to the Pink Ribbon Day game. On Friday, October 5, the Texans joined forces with the American Cancer Society and a Legacy Community Health for a “Crucial Catch Day” to provide preventative breast cancer screenings.

Indianapolis – All Cancers For the team’s Crucial Catch game agianst Buffalo on October 21, the Colts will invite cancer survivors and those battling the disease to hold a “Crucial Catch” field flag pregame. The Colts will host a “Cancer Caretakers” breakfast for caretakers of those currently battling cancer before kickoff at the stadium. Colts’ cheerleaders will wear multi-colored uniforms representing various cancers. Jr. Cheer and Colts Cheerleaders will perform at halftime with a survivor. All participating survivors will be wearing a colored shirt representing the cancer they battled or are currently battling. For the eighth consecutive year, the Colts will turn the canal in downtown Indianapolis pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. Fans can nominate a breast cancer survivor or a woman currently battling the disease for the chance to win a day to “Pamper Her Pink” courtesy of the Colts.

Jacksonville – All Cancers  At the Jaguars’ Crucial Catch game on October 21 against Houston, the team will honor survivors of multiple types of cancer. More than 100 cancer survivors will hold the American flag on-field for the National Anthem. Each will be wearing a t-shirt paying tribute to survivorship. In addition, the Jaguars will host more than 200 guests from the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund for a special pregame experience on the sidelines during team warmups. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Jaguars will host a private event for more than 200 cancer survivors who battled breast, childhood and prostate cancers and guests at Velocity Air Sports in celebration of their victories. Jaguars players will share a meal with survivors and their families, sign autographs and participate in activities such as dodgeball, the foam pit and much more. Representatives from American Cancer Society, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Make A Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Dreams Come True will also be in attendance showing their support for the survivors.

Kansas City – All Cancers: At the team’s Crucial Catch game on October 7 against Jacksonville, Chiefs Kingdom had the opportunity to recognize family members and/or friends it has that have been impacted by cancer #ChiefsvsCancer selfie cards. During the game, the Chiefs recognized seven area patients from the University of Kansas Health System that are fighting or have fought various forms of cancer. The Chiefs are teaming up with the University of Kansas Health System and the V Foundation for Cancer Research to bring a $200,000 Early Career Investigator Award to Kansas City. The Chiefs quarterbacks will visit with oncology patients at The University of Kansas Health System on September 25, while the team’s offensive linemen and the Health System join with the American Cancer Society on October 9 for its annual Look Good Feel Better luncheon at Arrowhead Stadium.

Los Angeles Chargers – Breast Cancer: At their Crucial Catch game on October 7 against Oakland, the Chargers focused once again focus on breast cancer awareness. Pregame activities included the introduction of 30 breast cancer survivors from American Cancer Society on the field locking arms with the Charger Girls. During the National Anthem, the survivors were  joined on the field by 70 members of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA), who have partnered with the Chargers for over a decade to spread the message of early detection by providing fans with pink ribbons and education cards at the stadium gates. The American Cancer Society’s survivors’ group will also participated in a breast cancer awareness-themed special half-time activity.  Hoag Hospital is the presenting sponsor for the BCA game. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Chargers organization will partner with Susan G. Komen Orange County to offer free mammograms to underinsured and uninsured women in Garden Grove, CA. On the same day, Chargers players, Charger Girls, and HOF Running Back LaDainian Tomlinson will participate in a day of creative expression with breast cancer patients and survivors at Hoag Hospital’s Newport Beach facility.

Los Angeles Rams – All Cancers: At the Rams’ Crucial Catch game on October 28 when they host Green Bay, the team will host up to 230 cancer fighters and survivors on-field during player introductions and the national anthem. Rams will also join with American Cancer Society to host approximately 120 fighters and survivors in their peristyle suite deck.

Miami – All Cancers: At the Dolphins’ Crucial Catch game on October 14 against Chicago, the team will celebrate and honor on-field cancer fighters and survivors from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and researchers who have received funds from the annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) event. At halftime, the DCC will present Sylvester a charitable donation. The team will honor cancer survivors treated at Sylvester in many different research areas showing the direct correlation between the money donated and the lives saved. The DCC, launched in 2010 as the signature initiative of the Miami Dolphins Foundation, has raised more than $27.5 million since 2010 in support of Sylvester. The annual DCC will take place on Apr. 6, 2019.The Dolphins’ Crucial Catch initiatives through the DCC continue throughout October, with the DCC on Oct. 11 hosting a group of its highest fundraisers, Heavy Hitters, for an evening around the world at Hard Rock Stadium. Additionally, Miami Dolphins players, cheer and alumni will visit the pediatric clinic at Sylvester, alex’s place, to bring joy to current cancer patients undergoing treatment.

Minnesota – All Cancers: At the Vikings Crucial Catch game, the team will recognize at least 11 survivors from the identified cancer types, in addition to handing out mass quantities of wristbands to fans outside of the stadium to increase awareness for everyone attending. In the week leading up to the game, the Vikings will recognize the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative throughout the week. Partnering with the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Vikings will help raise awareness for cancer screening and early detection with a formal luncheon on Tuesday, October 9.

New England – All Cancers: At the Patriots Crucial Catch game on October 14 against Kansas City, the Kraft family and the Patriots Foundation will also host a special pregame ceremony featuring more than 150 cancer survivors and their family members. The Patriots Foundation will conclude the month by hosting a Halloween party at Gillette Stadium for pediatric cancer patients and their families. In early October, current and former Patriots players and cheerleaders will visit Boston area hospitals to offer their support to people who are battling cancer. During their visit, the Patriots representatives will invite 10 women to a special day of pampering at Gillette Stadium. The following week, the women will be treated to a day filled with massages, manicures and more.

New Orleans – Breast Cancer: At the Saints’ Crucial Catch game on October 8 against Washington, the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center served as the Charity Spotlight and were also the designated community beneficiary for the charitable proceeds of the game’s 50/50 Charity Raffle. During pre-game, breast cancer survivors accompanied the Anthem singer, Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans.  Breast cancer survivors and supporters formed the American flag & Saints flag unfurling crews, all wearing pink co-branded Saints/Ochsner tee shirts. The honorary captain for the game was a breast cancer survivor. Team partner Ochsner Health System recognized breast cancer survivor, Dr. Michelle Defrifco (who is also a Pediatric doctor at Ochsner) during a pre-game presentation as part of the Ochsner Heroes program. Ochsner provided a BCA-themed rally towel as the giveaway to fans entering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Al Copeland Foundation distributed pink koozies and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will distribute pink ribbons to fans on the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Copeland’s Junior Tee Retriever wore pink shirts, while the Saints Drumline (Fat City Drum Corps) donned pink uniforms and accented their instruments in pink. Mercedes-Benz Superdome was lit pink on gameday. The scoreboard numbers were pink as well as the pyro & lighting effects during player introductions. This month, Saints players will visit cancer patients at the Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner Health System.

New York Giants – Breast Cancer: At the Giants Crucial Catch game on October 11 against Philadlephia, the team worked with ZTA who will be handing out pink ribbons and accepting donations in exchange for a Crucial Catch Koozie. Season ticket holders who are survivors of Breast Cancer will be on the field to hold the American Flag and pink ribbon flag prior to the game.  The team is also working with the American Cancer Society in securing recording artist, Normani and her mom Julianne, a breast cancer survivor to be part of our pre-game celebration.  Normani and her mom will lead survivors out onto the field carrying the American Flag and unfurling the flag.  Normani is an American Cancer Society Ambassador and looking for ways to assist in raising awareness for the Crucial Catch.

New York Jets – Pediatric Cancer: At the Jets’ Crucial Catch game on October 7 against Jacksonville, four children undergoing cancer treatment at The Valerie Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, served as honorary captains for the coin toss prior to kickoff. In addition, the Jets and Atlantic Health System gave one patient who cannot attend the game due to treatment the experience of being on the sideline for pre-game warm-ups with the VGo Robot. Designed for children with extended illnesses, immune deficiencies and other physical challenges that prevent physical attendance, the VGo robot provides an essential element for a child – the ability to participate in classroom and social experiences. The New York Jets and Atlantic Health System are partnering in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Oakland – All Cancers: For the October 28 Crucial Catch game against Indianapolis, youth from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and American Cancer Society will be the Raiders Foundation’s guests at First & Goal program, which allows local youngsters and chaperones to attend a regular season home game at no cost. The Raiders Women’s Association, which consists of spouses and significant others of players, coaches and staff as well as front office members, will support the American Cancer Society by forming a team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 27 in Berkeley. The Raiders will make over the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas playroom to create the comfort of home and a sense of relief for families and children who are receiving inpatient or outpatient medical treatment at local hospitals. In recognition of Crucial Catch, the Raiders will partner with the American Cancer Society to host cancer survivors and their guests for an evening of food and fun, participating in an instructor lead, hands-on group cooking class with current Raiders players.

Philadelphia – Breast Cancer: At the Eagles’ Crucial Catch game on October 7 against Minnesota, pink took over letters in the tunnel walk, the Eagles Drumline drum sets and more. Eagles Cheerleaders wore Eagles jackets with pink wings, while players on the field will sport pink gear. In addition, the American flag was held by breast cancer survivors and family members from the Jefferson Breast Care Center alongside Season Ticket Members. The National Anthem was sung by cancer survivor Jessy Kyle. On October 1st, the Eagles hosted the Yoga and Living Beyond Breast Cancer event at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles will host a 45-minute all-levels yoga class that is specifically designed for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Light refreshments will be served following the class, which may include appearances by current players limbering up for their next game. On October 6, the Eagles attended the Central Bucks East vs. Central Bucks West High School football game. The Eagles will bring SWOOP, cheerleaders and alumni to give out pink t-shirts in exchange for donations that will go towards Jefferson’s cancer research.

Pittsburgh – Breast Cancer: At the team’s Crucial Catch game against Atlanta on October 7, the Steelers hosted more than 20 breast cancer survivors for a VIP experience, including participating in pregame festivities in the VIP tent and in the Terrible Towel Twirl on field prior to kick-off. There was also a check presentation made to Komen Pittsburgh from Ford and UPMC. Ford presented UPMC with the Warriors in Pink Quilt made up from personal messages collected at the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure in May. Pink Terrible Towels will be handed out to all fans courtesy of Ford and UPMC and members of Zeta Tau Alpha will be passing out pink ribbons. The Steelers 50/50 raffle will benefit Komen Pittsburgh.

San Francisco – Breast Cancer, Pediatric Cancer and Colon Cancer: At the team’s Crucial Catch game against Arizona on October 7, the 49ers welcomed 150 breast cancer, pediatric cancer and colon cancer warriors and salute their strength during a half-time ceremony on the field. American Cancer Society and Strides for Life activated the Faithful Mile and distribute information to fans related to cancer awareness. On October 2, the 49ers hosted the 2nd annual Crucial Catch Fashion Show where breast cancer, pediatric cancer, and colon cancer warriors will walk the runway in Levi’s® apparel. The models will be paired with 49ers players and their significant others while their stories of strength and courage are shared with the audience.

Seattle – All Cancers At the Seahawks Crucial Catch game on October 7 against the Los Angeles Rams, Virginia Mason, the team’s official healthcare partner and CHI Franciscan distributed 40,000 Crucial Catch bracelets to raise awareness and encourage fans to schedule regular screenings. Representatives from Virginia Mason, CHI Franciscan and the American Cancer Society will have booths in Touchdown City to distribute “Celebrate” placards in order for fans to recognize those close to them who have been impacted by cancer. During halftime, the team honored survivors and their families with an on-field ceremony. In collaboration with Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan, the Seahawks will launch Crucial Catch activities on Oct. 1 with a ceremonial flag raising at CenturyLink Field.  From October 1-7, CenturyLink Field arch lights featured an array of colors representing multiple cancers as a reminder to fans to schedule screenings. During the month of October, the team’s retail locations will donate 12% of sales of Seahawks Crucial Catch merchandise collection to CRUCIAL CASH to support local patients who have been impacted by the incidental costs of cancer treatment. Fans were able to make a donation at checkout and also at all concession stands on October 7.

Tampa Bay – Breast Cancer: At the Buccaneers’ Crucial Catch game on October 21 against Baltimore, the team will honor those affected by breast cancer. Earlier that day, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation will host the 6th annual Treasure Chests 5K and Fun Run powered by Jabil which supports breast cancer research and patient services. Thousands of Bucs fans will participate in the race that starts at the team’s AdventHealth Training Center and passes by Raymond James Stadium before finishing on the field of the new indoor practice facility. The race benefits the American Cancer Society, the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, the Florida Hospital Foundation, and Moffitt Cancer Center.The first 500 runners to sign up for the race will receive the opportunity to participate in a special “Crucial Catch” themed halftime ceremony during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns game later that afternoon.

Tennessee – Breast Cancer: At the Titans’ Crucial Catch game on October 14 against Baltimore, all 69,000 fans will receive pink ribbons courtesy of the Zeta Tau Alpha Nashville Alumnae Chapter. Before entering the game, fans will be encouraged take part in the American Cancer Society’s Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge “5 and $5 Drive” by donating much-needed household items. Prior to kickoff, the Titans and Saint Thomas Health will honor breast cancer survivors on-field. During the month of October, Titans CB Adoree’ Jackson will be participating in the Real Men Wear Pink competition to raise money for ACS. Additionally, the Titans will support 5 Crucial Catch high school football games, which includes a fundraising competition between the 10 participating schools. The two schools that raise the most money for ACS will receive a grant from the Titans Foundation. The Titans will also host their annual “Dining with Hope” at the Hope Lodge, providing cancer patients and their caregivers an opportunity to share food and fellowship with Titans players, and support A Crucial Catch Day at Connectus Health Center, when Titans players and cheerleaders will be onsite to support women as they are screened for breast cancer.

Washington Redskins Breast Cancer At the Redskins Crucial Catch game on October 14 against Carolina, fans will be welcomed by Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder and hundreds of Zeta Tau Alpha members distributing THINK-PINK!® ribbons and breast cancer awareness educational materials in honor of the 20th anniversary of the THINK PINK!® campaign. A pink pregame tailgate will be hosted for survivors and their families, who will also join hundreds of supporters to create a pink ribbon on the field during pregame ceremonies. For the fourth year, the Redskins Charitable Foundation will sell limited-edition Redskins Fight Breast Cancer t-shirts, with net proceeds benefitting ZTA and the Brem Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating women about risk factors and screening options and providing access to critical diagnostic tests for uninsured women. Shirts were sold in-stadium on Sunday, Oct. 14 throughout the main concourse and club level. Starting October 1, the Redskins Charitable Foundation launched an online auction with practice and game worn pink attire to run through the end of the month. The Women of Washington Redskins (WOW), the official women’s club of the Washington Redskins, will kick off a lineup of events in support of breast cancer awareness with the WOW Redskins Sip and Paint on Tuesday, October 2. Additionally, the Redskins Charitable Foundation will host the 11th annual All-Star Survivors Celebration to pamper, support and celebrate 30 local women currently battling breast cancer.

This year, the National Football League and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are expanding their efforts to support the fight against cancer through the “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. After nearly a decade of supporting breast cancer, the NFL and ACS have evolved the campaign to address early detection and risk reduction efforts for multiple cancers, in addition to breast cancer, to increase their impact.

Since 2009, more than $18 million has been raised for ACS through the partnership. Money raised through Crucial Catch this season will be directed towards support of three screenable cancers: breast, colorectal and cervical. Funding will continue to support the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, which provides outreach and cancer screenings to individuals in underserved communities. Since 2012, grant recipients have contributed to nearly 150,000 screenings and more than 450,000 education and outreach interventions.

Fans may donate directly to ACS at cancer.org/donate.

As part of the campaign, the NFL and ACS recently launched a new, digital tool – THE DEFENDER – that provides consumers with personalized tips to reduce their cancer risk. The Defender, funded by the NFL and developed by ACS, analyzes user-input health information to provide individuals with quick, informative and personalized recommendations on how he or she can take action to reduce his or her cancer risk. More than 50% of all cancers can be prevented through simple lifestyle modifications, like avoiding tobacco, sun exposure, staying fit and healthy through proper nutrition and physical activity. The free user-friendly tool allows fans to take control of their health and increase their understanding of how healthy lifestyle habits can help reduce their cancer risk. Fans may access The Defender at TheDefender.cancer.org.

A new Crucial Catch PSA will debut during Sunday’s games. The spot tells the story of a football family – the Kansas City Chiefs organization – that has been impacted by multiple types of cancer to highlight the importance of taking action, seeking ways to reduce cancer risk and getting screened. Two cancer survivors, Kansas City Chiefs’ Owner Rita Hunt and former cheerleader Brady Reed and two players personally affected by cancer, P Dustin Colquitt and TE Travis Kelce, discuss the impact of Crucial Catch on their football family and the value of expanding the fight against cancer together. Visit NFL.com/CrucialCatch​ to learn more.

New this year, the NFL and ACS are teaming for the Crucial Catch Challenge, a player fundraising campaign based on on-field performance. Through Pledge It, a performance-based fundraising platform, players from across the league will raise funds in support of ACS based on their on-field statistics, such as number of recorded touchdowns, sacks or interceptions, in Weeks 5-7. Fans can join the Crucial Catch Challenge by visiting CrucialCatchChallenge.org and making a pledge for individual NFL player’s performances. Proceeds will benefit the ACS.

For the third consecutive year, healthcare centers in all 32 NFL team markets will receive a CHANGE grant to increase access to screenings and additional cancer prevention and early detection programs.  In addition, the NFL will again work with ACS and CHANGE grant recipients to host education sessions and/or screenings in their communities, and many NFL teams will participate in these educational activities, bringing these potentially life-saving messages and screening services to those who need them most.

Fans may participate in Crucial Catch and join the fight against cancer by visiting NFL.com/CrucialCatch to access The Defender, donate directly to ACS and pledge to support an NFL player’s Crucial Catch Challenge.

The NFL and ACS extended Crucial Catch to the youth and high school level again this year. With the help of USA Football, Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera sent a note to youth and high school football coaches across the country offering ideas for how schools and teams can join the fight against cancer. Interested fans may visit cancer.org/youthcrucialcatch to sign up, pledge to fundraise for ACS, and download a toolkit to support their Crucial Catch game.

This weekend’s games will kick off the 2017 Crucial Catch campaign. NFL-issued Crucial Catch branding and gameday apparel will feature a new multi-colored logo representing all cancers. NFL teams have the option of supporting one or multiple cancers locally and in-stadium. In addition, Players may wear shoelaces, cleats and wristbands in any color representing the type of cancer awareness they support and/or they’ve been impacted by during their team’s Crucial Catch game.

Beginning on Sunday and continuing through Week 7, NFL Crucial Catch games will feature:

Game balls with the Crucial Catch logo used for every down

Multi-colored equipment for players including: helmet decals, captains’ patches and quarterback towels

Multi-colored ribbon pins for coaches and teams

Caps and pins for game officials

On-field multi-colored ribbon stencils and Crucial Catch wall banners

Multi-colored goal post wraps in end zones

Game-worn Crucial Catch merchandise and footballs will be autographed and auctioned at NFL Auction (nfl.com/auction). The NFL does not profit from the sale of Crucial Catch product on NFL Auction.  Charitable contributions are donated to the American Cancer Society to support its CHANGE grant program.

Ticketmaster, the Official Ticket Exchange of the NFL and NFL clubs, will contribute five dollars for every NFL ticket sold on Ticketmaster and the NFL Ticket Exchange in Weeks 5, 6 and 7 to the American Cancer Society, up to $35,000.

Procter & Gamble and Rite Aid, in support of Crucial Catch, are contributing $50,000 to the American Cancer Society. In addition, P&G will be promoting proactive cancer screening, through Rite Aid instore displays, during the month of October.

In support of Crucial Catch, Barclaycard is donating 1% of all NFL Extra Points card purchases, up to $25,000, in the month of October to the American Cancer Society. In addition, cardmembers have the ability to use points to donate directly to ACS.

The NFL and all 32 teams support Crucial Catch and the fight against cancer all year long. In October, NFL teams designate home games and plan events with local organizations to bring awareness to the cause. Below are ways teams are supporting Crucial Catch this month.

Team – Selected Can​cer(s) Focus: Crucial Catch Activities

Arizona – Breast Cancer: At the Cardinals’ Crucial Catch game on October 15 against Tampa Bay, three survivors will serve as the Cardinals honorary captains for the pre-game coin toss. A special guest will crank the Cardinals “Big Red” Air Raid Siren to bring the team on to the field. Cardinals’ players, mascot Big Red, Cardinals Cheerleaders and Nicole Bidwill will join 150 breast cancer survivors on the field at halftime for a special presentation. Throughout the game, the Cardinals will feature/salute survivors on the video board and beneficiary of the game’s 50-50 raffle will be the American Cancer Society. On October 7, the Cardinals hosted cancer survivors from two local high schools. On October 13, the Arizona Cardinals will sponsor the 11th annual high school “Pink Game” by supplying two local high schools with pink gear to be used during the game. Both teams’ coaches will be provided with Crucial Catch hats to use during the game.

Atlanta – All Cancers: The Falcons’ Crucial Catch game against the Dolphins on October 15 agaist Miami will kick off the team’s Cancer Awareness Week. At the game, the team will recognize cancer fighters and survivors. Several cancer survivors will hold a ribbon on the field during the National Anthem and will be honored on the field during halftime as they are each escorted out of the Falcons tunnel with a Falcons Alumni player along a red carpet. Crucial Catch towels will be the gate giveaway to all fans in attendance.

On October 16, the Falcons will host a dinner for the Rally Foundation where players will serve as celebrity servers and wait on families with children who have been impacted by cancer. Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Dazzle and Dine honors 10 women undergoing treatment for and survivors of breast cancer. Honorees are chosen based on their community involvement and dedication to helping this cause and each will receive a $500 grant, in their name, to the breast cancer organization of their choice. On October 17, honorees will enjoy a day of pampering followed by a hibachi dinner prepared at the table by Atlanta Falcons players accompanied by a chef.

The following day, the Falcons will host a group of pediatric cancer patients and their families to a special movie night. Patients and families will have an exclusive screening in a private theater with alumni players, cheerleaders and Freddie Falcon. Families will walk the red carpet into the movie and will be provided dinner. As part of “Thank You Deliveries,” on October 19, Falcons Alumni, cheerleaders and mascot Freddie Falcon will make surprise deliveries, including donuts, coffee and Falcons’ gear, to night shift nurses at a local hospital to thank them for the work and support to cancer patients and families.The week will wrap up with a Crucial Catch high school football game at the Parkview High School home game against Brookwood​ in support of breast cancer awareness. Pink gear will be provided by the Falcons.

Baltimore – All Cancers: At the team’s Crucial Catch game on October 15 against Chicago, the Ravens will honor 40 survivors of all different types of cancer during pregame ceremonies. All fans will receive “Today I honor…” placards to personalize in honor of those they know affected by cancer. Fans will be asked to raise the placards at a special moment during the game. On Monday, October 16, the Ravens will host their Third Annual Sip N Paint event at M&T Bank stadium. The night will honor breast cancer survivors, as well as those undergoing treatment, with proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society. On Wednesday, Octboer 18, the Ravens will support the local American Cancer Society’s Crucial Catch Day.

Buffalo – All Cancers: At the Bills’ Crucial Catch game against the Buccaneers against Tampa Bay on October 22, the team will honor 50 cancer survivors on-field with a special pregame ceremony. The Bills will join ECMC and the local American Cancer Society to celebrate Crucial Catch in the week leading up to the October 22 game with events offering with events offering free health screenings and mammograms, as well as a Family Fun Night in the ADPRO Sports Training Center to honor kids battling childhood cancer.

Carolina – All Cancers: At the team’s Crucial Catch game on October 12 against Philadelphia, the Panthers will wear “51” helmet stickers in honor of late player and coach Sam Mills. The Panthers will host cancer survivors and fighters for a special gameday experience and will distribute blue “Keep Pounding” flags as stadium giveaways. Throughout the game, Panthers’ mascot Sir Purr will highlight fans’ cancer stories. During the month of October, the Panthers will partner with the American Cancer Society to bring Crucial Catch experience to local high schools through the High School Crucial Catch fundraising program, benefitting the CHANGE Grant program.

Chicago – Breast Cancer: At the Bears’ Crucial Catch game on October 9 against Minnesota, the team hosted cancer survivors during pre-game and two were chosen to be honorary captains. Bears Care, the team’s charitable arm, will be selling 2017 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink (RBFWP) shirts, at the game and throughout October, in support of the RBFWP program. The Bears kicked off the team’s annual RBFWP campaign by hosting more than 50 survivors at Halas Hall on September 22 with Bears Care distributing $140,000 in grants to area organizations that provide care, assistance and support to breast cancer patients and their families. On October 22, the Bears will join with Advocate Health Care, the team’s Official Health Care Partner to celebrate survivorship. Breast cancer survivors and fighters will form a human ribbon on the field pregame. Bears flag runners will carry pink flags and wear the Real Bears Fans Wear Pink shirts as they lead the team onto the field. 40,000 Bears/Advocate Health Care branded pink rally towels will be distributed to fans and ZTA will be passing out pink ribbons.

Cincinnati – Breast Cancer: At the Bengals’ Crucial Catch game on October 29 against Indianapolis, the team will honor those affected by breast cancer. During the pregame, more than 100 breast cancer survivors and caregivers will be recognized on-field during a special ceremony and the team will announce the winner of the 2017 Marvin Lewis Community Fund Pink Football Award, given to an outstanding breast cancer survivor for her strength, courage and perseverance in battling the devastating disease. Prior to the game, TriHealth, the Bengals’ official healthcare provider, will distribute information at its Mammography Van at the pre-game Jungle Zone area and hand out pink flags at the gates. More than 100 members of Zeta Tau Alpha will distribute pink ribbons to fans as part of its “Think Pink” program.

Cleveland – Breast Cancer: At the Browns’ Crucial Catch game on October 8 against the New York Jets, breast cancer survivors were recognized during pregame festivities. The First and Ten Coin Toss Captain of the game, Dr. Jill Dietz from University Hospitals, who is a surgical oncologist but also volunteers her time in support of breast cancer awareness was honored. The Browns and ZTA celebrated the 15th anniversary of the partnership, and ZTA volunteers distributed thousands pink ribbons to fans entering for the game The Browns will support Breast Cancer Awareness throughout October through their First and Ten movement and community partner American Cancer Society. Browns players visted University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center on October 3 to visit with patients currently receiving treatment for breast cancer and other forms of the disease. Players will visit the University Hospitals Breast Center along with the Wig Shop, which is a resource for patients provided through the American Cancer Society. FirstEnergy Stadium will be lit pink throughout the month.

Dallas – All Cancers: At the Cowboys’ Crucial Catch game against Green Bay on October 8, the team hosted approximately 100 survivors and co-survivors of seven types of cancer. Survivors participated in a special halftime show and form a human awareness ribbon on the field during the performance. The Cowboys, in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, will host the second annual Star Survivors visit at The Star in Frisco. Cowboys staff, their families and fans formed TEAM COWBOYS to run/walk at the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure.

Denver – All Cancers: At the team’s Crucial Catch game on October 15 against the New York Giants, the Broncos will recognize more than 125 survivors of all cancers. Prior to the game, the team will host a special reception for survivors and guests with Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis. Survivors will then be recognized on field at halftime during a special choreographed program with Broncos Cheerleaders. Survivors will represent a myriad of cancers and be invited via through the American Cancer Society, the Broncos season ticket holder pool, corporate and hospital partnerships, and the at-large community via an online referral system. On October 2, the Broncos hosted their annual Crucial Catch screening event in partnership with the American Cancer Society and UC Health.

Detroit – All Cancers: The Lions hosted cancer survivors during their Crucial Catch Game on October 8 against Carolina with various pregame activities, including a brunch and a yoga class on the field. In the week leading up to the game, the Lions’ hosted various Crucial Catch activities, including a Superhero Ball supporting pediatric cancer with St. Jude.

Green Bay – All Cancers: At the Packers’ Crucial Catch game against New Orleans on October 22, the team will present a check at halftime to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation and recognize survivors of all different types of cancers. The Packers Pro Shop will sell a Vince Lombardi hat, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF). Throughout the month of October, players and Alumni will visit with cancer patients at local hospitals.

Houston – Breast Cancer: The Texans supportd breast cancer for their Crucial Catch game on October 8 against Kansas City and hosted 20 breast cancer survivors and their families for a special experience. The experience included an onfield performance for the survivors with international pop duo, ICONA POP, and Houston Texans Cheerleaders. Texans Pink Ribbon Day presented by Kroger, an annual tradition for Texans fans and the MCNAIR family, pays tribute to Janice McNair, wife of founder, chairman and CEO, Robert C. McNair and members of the Texans family and fans who have survived the disease. On October 3, the McNair’s and the Texans joined the American Cancer Society to break ground on Hope Lodge Houston, southeast Texas’ first and only no-cost, residential facility that will be exclusively for cancer patients who travel to Houston for treatment. The McNair Foundation and Houston Texans have donated more than $5 million to the project. The Texans will also join forces with the American Cancer Society and a local community health partner for a “Crucial Catch Day” to provide preventative breast cancer services and information.

Indianapolis – All Cancers: For the team’s Crucial Catch game against San Francisco on October 8, the Colts invited cancer survivors and those battling the disease to hold a “Crucial Catch” field flag pregame. Colts’ cheerleaders wore multi-colored uniforms representing various cancers. For the seventh consecutive year, the Colts will turn the canal in downtown Indianapolis pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. As part of Crucial Catch activities, the Colts will host a “Cancer Caretakers” breakfast for caretakers of those currently battling ancer. Fans can nominate a breast cancer survivor or a woman currently battling the disease for the chance to win a day to “Pamper Her Pink” courtesy of the Colts. Coach Pagano’s CHUCKSTRONG campaign has raised more than $4.7 million for cancer research at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

Jacksonville – All Cancers: At the Jaguars’ Crucial Catch game on October 15 against the Los Angeles Rams, the team will honor survivors of multiple types of cancer. More than 100 cancer survivors will hold the American on-field for the National Anthem. Each will be wearing a t-shirt paying tribute to survivorship. In addition, the Jaguars will host more than 200 guests from the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund for a special pregame experience on the sidelines during team warmups. On Tuesday, October 10, the Jaguars hosted a private event for more than 200 cancer survivors who battled breast, childhood and prostate cancers and guests at Velocity Air Sports in celebration of their victories. Jaguars players will share a meal with survivors and their families, sign autographs and participate in activities such as dodgeball, the foam pit and much more. Representatives from American Cancer Society, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Make A Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Dreams Come True will also be in attendance showing their support for the survivors.

Kansas City – All Cancers: At the Chiefs’ Crucial Catch game on October 15 against the New York Giants, Chiefs Kingdom will have the opportunity to recognize family members and friends impacted by cancer with #ChiefsvsCancer selfie cards. The Chiefs are teaming up with the University of Kansas Health System and the V Foundation for Cancer Research to bring a $200,000 Early Career Investigator Award to Kansas City.

Los Angeles Chargers – Breast Cancer: At their Crucial Catch game on October 22 against Denver, the Chargers will focus on breast cancer awareness. Pregame activities will include the introduction of 30 breast cancer survivors on the field as well as the survivors participating in the National Anthem with singer, Tarsha Rodgers, a survivor herself. During the anthem, Tarsha and the survivors will be joined on the field by 70 members of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the partnership with the Chargers to spread the message of early detection. The ZTA’s will also be at all entrance gates providing fans with pink ribbons and education cards. The Charger Girls, along with local collegiate cheer squads, will present a breast cancer awareness-themed special half-time performance, with the American Cancer Society’s survivors’ group joining them for a portion of the show. All fans will receive a pink card in their seat where they can write the name of a friend or loved one and stand during a special moment in their honor. Hoag Hospital is the presenting sponsor for the BCA game, and each fan will receive a pink bran-dana. On Tuesday, October 17 the Chargers will partner the American Cancer Society to host free breast and colorectal cancer screenings at Priority Care Medical Group in Long Beach – the recipient of an ACS CHANGE Grant.

Los Angeles Rams – All Cancers:  At the Rams’ Crucial Catch game against Seattle on October 8., the team hosted cancer survivors and celebrate them with a VIP reception. Survivors participated in pregame activities and stand on the field for player introductions.

Miami – All Cancers: At the Dolphins’ Crucial Catch game on October 8 against Tennessee, the team celebration honored on-field 40 cancer fighters and survivors from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and 20 doctors who were integral in saving each survivor. At halftime, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) will present Sylvester a charitable donation. The field will be lined with 100 cancer survivors and fighters holding a balloon in the color representing the cancer they survived. The Dolphins Cancer Challenge, launched in 2010 as the signature initiative of the Miami Dolphins Foundation, has raised more than $22.5 million since 2010 in support of Sylvester. The annual DCC will take place on February 10, 2018.

Minnesota – All Cancers: At the Vikings’ Crucial Catch game on October 22 against Baltimore, the team will recognize survivors of many different forms of cancer. The Vikings will partner with the local chapter of the American Cancer Society to raise awareness for cancer screening and early detection onsite. The day will culminate with a special halftime performance featuring survivors and Vikings fans impacted by cancer.

New England – All Cancers: At the Patriots’ Crucial Catch game against Atlanta on October 22, the team will invite cancer survivors to take part in a special pregame ceremony. The Kraft family and the Patriots will spread awareness for all cancer types and will incorporate hundreds of survivors into the pregame ceremony. The game will also feature a $50,000 check presentation from the Patriots  Foundation to the South End Community Health Center in Boston. In the weeks leading up to the game, Patriots players will visit cancer survivors in Boston area hospitals and will host a day of pampering for cancer survivors at Gillette Stadium.

New Orleans – Breast Cancer: At the Saints’ Crucial Catch game on October 15 against Detroit, the Gayle & Tom Benson Cancer Center will serve as the Charity Spotlight and will also be the designated community beneficiary for the charitable proceeds of the game’s 50/50 Charity Raffle. During pre-game, breast cancer survivors will accompany the Anthem singer, Deri Tucker and breast cancer survivors and supporters will form the Saints flag unfurling crew. The honorary captain for the game will be a breast cancer survivor. Team partner Ochsner Health System will also recognize a breast cancer survivor during a pre-game presentation as part of the Ochsner Heroes program and will provide a breast cancer awareness-themed giveaway item to fans. At halftime, Talladega College Marching Band will perform a breast cancer awareness tribute. The Al Copeland Foundation will distribute pink koozies to fans, and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will distribute pink ribbons and breast cancer awareness information cards to fans. Breast cancer survivors and their supporters will receive complimentary tickets to the game. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be lit pink on gameday, and Saints’ staff and special guests will wear Crucial Catch-themed gameday credentials. This month, Saints’ players will visit cancer patients at the Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner Health System.

New York Giants – Breast Cancer: At the Giants’ Crucial Catch game on Octboer 8 against the Los Angeles Chargers, the team recognized and invited breast cancer survivors onto the field to assist with the unfurling of the flag. The Giants’ Crucial Catch game will focus on breast cancer awareness but the team will support multiple cancers throughout the year. At the Giants’ September 18 game against the Lions, the team recognized Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and hosted children battling cancer or in remission and their families. The Giants will also raise awareness for skin cancer in May, a type of cancer impacting many of the team’s players, coaches and employees.

New York Jets – Pediatric Cancer: The New York Jets and Atlantic Health System are partnering in the fight against pediatric cancer. At the Jets’ Crucial Catch game on October 15 against New England, four children undergoing cancer treatment at The Valerie Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, will serve as honorary captains for the coin toss prior to kickoff. In addition, the Jets and Atlantic Health System will give one patient who cannot attend the game due to treatment the experience of being on the sideline for pre-game warm-ups with the VGo Robot. Designed for children with extended illnesses, immune deficiencies and other physical challenges that prevent physical attendance, the VGo robot provides an essential element for a child – the ability to participate in classroom and social experiences.

Oakland – All Cancers: At the Raiders’ Crucial Catch game on October 8 against Baltimore, the team hosted a pregame ceremony to honor each of the seven cancer causes and cancer fighters and survivors stood at the 50-yard line in the color representing the cancer he or she battled. A community video was played during the game and BMX Riders wore colored shirts for cancer awareness during halftime. Prior to and after the Raiders’ October 8 and October 15 home games (they are at hone against the Los Angeles Chagers on the 15th), the Raiders Women’s Association, which consists of all spouses and significant others of players, coaches and staff as well as front office staff members, will host bake sales in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum parking lot. Funds raised will support the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides campaign. In addition, a representative of healthcare provider CIGNA will be on hand to give information on breast health education.

As part of the team’s Crucial Catch activities, on October 2, the Raiders hosted “An Evening with the Raiders” for breast cancer survivors and their families at the team’s facility in Alameda, Califonria. The group received a tour of the Raiders Alameda Facility and were treated to a unique artistic experience – instructors from Pinot’s Palette led them through a step-by-step group art lesson to create custom Crucial Catch-themed art. On October 10, the Raiders Women’s Association will support the “Crucial Catch Day” event at Fremont Senior Center. Hosted by Tri-City Health Center, in partnership with American Cancer Society, the event aims to improve breast cancer awareness and screening rates by delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate care to the community. The Raiders will also partner with local high school football teams to host “Crucial Catch” games. Participating high schools will fundraise throughout October, with all proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.

Philadelphia – Breast Cancer: At the Eagles’ Crucial Catch game on October 8 against ARizona pink took over letters in the tunnel walk, a “Together We Fight” rollout banner, the Eagles Drumline drum sets and more. Eagles cheerleaders wore pink Eagles wing jackets, while players on the field wore pink gear. In addition, the American flag was held by breast cancer survivors and family members from the Jefferson Breast Care Center alongside Season Ticket Members and US Navy officials. The National Anthem was sung by a cancer survivor. On October 2, the Eagles hosted a community event with Eagles Care Partner Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), where Eagles players and families affected by breast cancer joined individuals from LBBC for a one-hour yoga class. In addition, the Eagles will assist local high school football teams to host their own “pink” games in October.

Pittsburgh – Breast Cancer: At the team’s Crucial Catch game against Jacksonville on October 8, the Steelers hosted more than 20 breast cancer survivors for a VIP experience, including participating in pregame festivities in the VIP tent and in the Terrible Towel Twirl on field prior to kick-off. There was also a check presentation made to Komen Pittsburgh from Ford and UPMC. Ford  presented UPMC with the Warriors in Pink Quilt made up from personal messages collected at the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure in May. Pink Terrible Towels will be handed out to all fans courtesy of Ford and UPMC and members of Zeta Tau Alpha will be passing out pink ribbons. The Steelers 50/50 raffle will benefit Komen Pittsburgh.

San Francisco – Breast Cancer: At the team’s Crucial Catch game against Dallas on October 22, the 49ers will welcome 100 breast cancer survivors and 16 pediatric cancer patients. On Octboer 3, the 49ers partnered with Bags of Fun to deliver backpacks to children undergoing treatment at a local hospital. Each bag was personalized with educational, interactive and fun toys to provide joy, laughter and relief from the stress and anxiety of being in the hospital. 49ers players spent time with the patients and their families to help uplift them during a difficult time. On Tuesday, October 17, the 49ers will a Crucial Catch Fashion Show where breast cancer and pediatric cancer warriors will strut their stuff down the runway in Levi’s® apparel. The models will be paired with 49ers players and their significant others while their stories of strength and courage are shared with the audience.

Seattle – All Cancers: At the Seahawks’ Crucial Catch game against Houston on October 29, Virginia Mason, the team’s official healthcare partner and CHI Franciscan will distribute 40,000 Crucial Catch bracelets to encourage fans to schedule screenings. Representatives from the American Cancer Society, Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan will have booths in Touchdown City. During halftime, Sea Gals will honor survivors with an on-field performance featuring more than 200 high school dancers and 30 cancer survivors. In collaboration with Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan, the Seahawks will launch Crucial Catch activities on October 18 with a ceremonial flag raising at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. During the last two weeks of October, the team’s retail locations will donate 12% of sales of all knit caps and scarves to American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.  Fans will also be able to make a donation at checkout. The team will host a Blue Friday/Crucial Catch rally in downtown Seattle on October 27 ahead of their cancer awareness game.

Tampa Bay – Breast Cancer: At the Buccaneers’ Crucial Catch game on October 29 against Carolina, the team will honor those affected by breast cancer. On Octover 7, the Bucs Care Foundation hosted host the 5th annual Treasure Chests “Finish at the 50” 5K, 10K, Corporate Challenge and Fun Run. Thousands of Bucs fans will participate in the race which will support breast cancer research and patient services, benefiting the American Cancer Society, the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, the Florida Hospital Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center.

Tennessee – Breast Cancer: At the Titans’ Crucial Catch game on October 16 against Indianapolis, all 69,000 fans attending the game will receive an “Exotic Smashmouth” t-shirt. Fans will also receive pink ribbons courtesy of the Zeta Tau Alpha Nashville Alumnae Chapter. Before entering the Monday night game against Indianapolis, fans will be encouraged take part in the American Cancer Society’s Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge “5 and $5 Drive” by donating much-needed household items such as paper towels, facial tissue and laundry detergent. Prior to kickoff, the Titans and Saint Thomas Health will honor male and female breast cancer survivors on-field. On October 23, the Titans will “dine with hope” at the Hope Lodge, providing cancer patients and their caregivers an opportunity to share food and fellowship with Titans players, staff and coaches. The Titans will also support Crucial Catch Day at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. Titans players and cheerleaders will be onsite to support women as they are screened for breast cancer.

Washington – Breast Cancer: At the Redskins’ Crucial Catch game against San Francisco on October 15, fans will be welcomed by Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder and hundreds of Zeta Tau Alpha members distributing THINK-PINK!® ribbons and breast cancer awareness educational materials. For the third year, the Redskins Charitable Foundation will sell limited-edition Redskins Fight Breast Cancer t-shirts, with net proceeds benefitting the Redskins Charitable Foundation and the Brem Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating women about risk factors and screening options and providing access to critical diagnostic tests for uninsured women. Shirts will be sold in-stadium on Sunday, October 15 throughout the main concourse and club level. The Women of Washington Redskins (WOW), the official women’s club of the Washington Redskins, kicked off a lineup of events in support of breast cancer awareness with the WOW Redskins Charity Ride on Saturday, October 7. Additionally, the Redskins Charitable Foundation will host the 10th annual All-Star Survivors Celebration to pamper, support and celebrate 31 local women currently battling breast cancer.