(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Shelbyville Central coach Neal Gordon and the Eagle soccer team will donate the entire admission proceeds from the District 8-AAA soccer match with Tullahoma at 7 p.m. Friday to the American Cancer Society to help fight breast cancer.
Any Tullahoma game is always the biggest gate for the Shelbyville soccer program as the two schools have developed a great rivalry over the years.
In a day and time when so much emphasis is placed on winning at all cost, what a pleasant thought to think of others that are dealing with one of the most dreadful diseases known to mankindů.cancer.
The idea started after Gordon noticed a number of professional and college teams wearing pink jerseys in support of the fight to stop breast cancer.
The Golden Eagles will be decked out in pink jerseys for the event.
"We're looking at this as a chance for us to step back and do something for somebody else," Gordon said. "When I first mentioned this to our guys I asked them to decide what home game we would do this and they chose the Tullahoma game because they knew it would be the biggest gate and the best opportunity to raise the most money. I've talked to Tullahoma just to let them know what is going on and they were very supportive as well."
Edwina Reynolds and several other soccer parents have worked extensively to help put together the event, selling over 100 pink t-shirts.
Breast cancer and cancer in general has affected so many people in our lives and I commend coach Gordon and the Eagle soccer program for their commitment to help raise awareness.
Cancer has affected my family as well.
My mother (Sue Johnson) was a cancer victim.
She successfully won the battle over breast cancer and colon cancer before pancreatic cancer took her life several years ago.
Just like a well-trained athlete fighting hard to win a game, she battled this horrible disease for years.
I've often said she was the strongest and toughest person I've ever known. I'm sure many of you can name someone just like her.
If you're looking for something to do Friday night, come out and show your support to the District 8-AAA regular season champion Shelbyville Central Golden Eagles as they show their respect to the many victims and survivors of breast cancer.
Gordon would love to see the event raise at least $2,000 but, whatever the final dollar amount is, you can't put a price on the experience of student-athletes learning the lesson of helping others.
I would like to share with you a few facts and statistics about breast cancer from the American Cancer Society:
BREAST CANCER FACTS AND STATISTICS:
*Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for all women and the leading overall cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 20 and 59.
*In the United States, a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed every three minutes, and a woman will die from breast cancer every 13 minutes.
*African American women have a higher breast cancer death rate that woman of any other racial or ethnic population.
*Eighty percent of all breast tumors are benign.
*In 2007, it was estimated that there would be 178,480 new cases of breast cancer in women and 2,030 new cases of breast cancer in men. Of these, an estimated 40,460 women and 450 men will die from the disease.
*The basic treatment choices for breast cancer are surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy.
*The most common risk factors of breast cancer are sex, age, personal history, family history and breast cancer genes.
*The highest risk factor for breast cancer is being female with the disease being 100 times more common among women.
*The risk of breast cancer increases as a woman grows older.
*Women who have had breast cancer and women with a history of breast disease may develop it again.
*The risk of developing breast cancer increases for a woman whose mother, sister, daughter or two or more relatives have had the disease.
*There are several lifestyle choices that individuals can make to help reduce breast cancer risk including decreasing daily fat intake (especially saturated and hydrogenated), increasing fiber, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting alcohol, staying active and not smoking.
*The best available method to detect breast cancer early is a mammography screening.
*Breast cancer is the most invasive cancer among women in the U.S., accounting for nearly one out of every three cancers diagnosed.
Source: American Cancer Society.