If you didn't already know, I am participating in the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk on October 17th. I'm part of "Team Cymer" which is the company my dad works for. Cymer is one of the sponsors of the "Making Strides" event. I'm walking with my mom, dad, sister in law and the rest of the Cymer team. My fundraising goal is $2,000, and I'm about 57% of the way there. (If you want to chip in a few bucks, you can click here.)
Because of this connection, a fun opportunity presented itself to me today.
The American Cancer Society is partnering with the San Diego Chargers and the NFL to do a special event called "A Crucial Catch" during the game between the Chargers and the New England Patriots on October 24th to highlight the "Making Strides" event as well as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Before the game, 30 breast cancer survivors will be running through the Charger team tunnel and out of the San Diego Chargers Helmut. They will stay on the field with the San Diego Charger Girls to welcome the players and participate in the National Anthem. They will be honorary team captains that day and then have seats for the game.
Guess what? I get to be one of the 30 women! The American Cancer Society offered a spot to Cymer, and Cymer offered it to me. How cool is that?
Now for the what ifs. Hopefully I will feel good on that date. I have chemo two days earlier on the 22nd. But I usually feel good on the Sunday, it is Monday when I crash out. But this is really a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'd hate to pass it up. They also don't have tickets for the survivors to bring a guest, so I'll be solo. But on the other hand, so will the other 29 women. I suspect that we will have a bond of sisterhood that will transcend any awkwardness that we may have initially as "strangers." I don't know squat about football. I've never even been inside Qualcomm stadium! But the game should be fun, regardless. My birthday is on the 26th too. (Hey-the American Cancer Society calls itself the "official sponsor of birthdays!")
Why not just throw caution to the wind and go for it? Life life to its fullest, I say! Cancer, schmanser! I'm gonna run with the Charger Girls or at least drag myself across the field and have a great time doing it.
Oh-and from the Charger website, it looks like the game will be broadcast on KFMB Channel 8. DVR it!