The Pink Miracle
For the San Diego Chargers, it’s not just about the pink cleats and jerseys. On October 8, the team put their money where their hearts were by providing access to free mammograms for San Diego’s uninsured women. Through a $5,000 donation, the Chargers underwrote the cost to provide San Diego’s uninsured women with access to free mammograms.
The idea for the event came from Susie Spanos, a breast cancer survivor and wife of Chargers president and CEO Dean Spanos. Her cancer was caught early through her yearly mammogram. When she heard that 1 out of 5 women in San Diego County can’t afford the potentially life-saving screening – she stepped up and offered to host an event during October which is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Honestly we were worried that no one would come, but the results were beyond our wildest expectations. Ninety women were screened and an additional 413 women were given a mammogram appointment for the next day. It was overwhelming and bittersweet. All of us heard the stories of the women waiting to be seen. Some had never seen a doctor in their lives and 20 of the women had lived with a lump not knowing what to do. All were given care.
The day didn’t just impact the lives of the women, but also those of their families, friends and all of us at Komen San Diego. We’re still talking about how those are the days that we work so hard for – those are the women we’re trying to save. I’m really proud of the team here at Susan G. Komen San Diego who pulled off what we’re calling the Pink Miracle of October 8! Go Chargers!
About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.