Throughout the month of October the Steelers have shown their support for the fight against breast cancer, and that continued on Monday night when tight end Heath Miller and his wife Katie hosted Bid for Hope.
The event benefitted Glimmer of Hope, a foundation committed to raising funds for breast cancer research and finding a cure.
“It’s a cause that affects a lot of people, whether it’s someone in your family or friends, everyone knows someone who has had interaction with breast cancer,” said Miller. “We are happy to help out any way we can.
“The more people are aware of the disease and females are more in tune to their bodies, they are able to catch it before it becomes as serious. If we can help in that manner and with research and learn more about the disease and work towards a cure, we are happy to be involved.”
One of Glimmer of Hope’s main initiatives is funding an under-40 breast cancer study to help find a common thread and work towards a cure, as well as programs to help those younger women deal with the emotional and physical breast cancer battle.
“With the proceeds from Bid they can buy equipment at Hillman Cancer Center to help the study even further,” said Diana Napper, the founder of Glimmer for Hope. “They are also pushing to set protocol for premenopausal women to give them avenues from the beginning through the whole process. We want to give them avenues to make it simple and less frustrating for young women.”
Bid for Hope is in its 11th year, with Miller leading the charge after the departure of former Steelers guard Alan Faneca, who helped get it off the ground.
“Heath stepping up meant a great deal to the organization for him to pick up the ball and continue to run with it and score many touchdowns by lending his support,” said Napper. “Every year the money Bid for Hope creates some new avenue that helps young women with breast cancer. It’s with grateful heart that we thank them for doing this for us.”
In addition, defensive end Brett Keisel presented Glimmer of Hope with a check for $5,000 from the sale of his pink Da Beard Gear t-shirts during October, a shirt specially designed to help the fight against breast cancer.
“We just wanted to do something to give back,” said Keisel. “Heath and his family mean a lot to us. Plus my wife Sarah had an aunt that was close to her pass away from breast cancer. My Da Beard Gear crew got together with a witty idea and I was impressed to see the shirts raised that much money in such a short amount of time.”
The players signed autographs for those attending and a silent and live auction also highlighted the night.
“When you have the Pittsburgh Steelers participate with any organization it helps out tremendously,” said Napper. “Having them on board is a tremendous asset for us.
“When the Steelers put on pink t-shirts, or pink cleats, people take notice. They have brought this to the forefront. It’s a great avenue to educate the women.”
The Steelers have been wearing pink uniform elements throughout the month of October as part of the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative, raising even more awareness to the fight against breast cancer.
“I think the NFL has done a pretty cool job the past few years of taking this initiative and running with it,” said Miller. “You see guys wearing pink the whole month of October. If that just opens someone’s eyes and makes them think twice about going in and getting a check-up that’s great. In the long term it could save them.”
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