NFL AND AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

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NFL AND AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

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NFL RAISES MORE THAN $20 MILLION AND REACHES ONE MILLION PEOPLE THROUGH CRUCIAL CATCH INITIATIVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY​​

  • Since 2012, NFL funding has reached more than one million people nationwide with education, navigation and screening reminders

  • More than $20 million has been raised and donated to ACS through the partnership

For the 11th consecutive season, the National Football League and the American Cancer Society are working together to support the fight against cancer through "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer." The initiative, which kicks off in stadiums this weekend and continues to be highlighted through Week 7 games, addresses early detection and risk reduction efforts for multiple cancers.

Since 2009, more than $20 million has been raised and donated to ACS through the partnership. Funds donated through Crucial Catch this season will continue to support the American Cancer Society's 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. CHANGE grants are currently being administered in each NFL market to address Breast Health Equity, access to screenings, education, and follow-up care.  This work will help reduce the disparity in breast cancer survival among African American women, who die at an almost 40% higher rate of breast cancer.

Since 2012, CHANGE grants have contributed to 326,700  screenings and have reached more than 1 million  individuals with education, screening reminders and patient navigation, bringing these life-saving messages and screening services to those who need them most.  This season, NFL funding will pilot an ACS CHANGE grant to address lung cancer among high-risk populations in seven NFL markets. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among both men and women and expected to be the second most diagnosed cancer in 2019 for both men and women (second only to breast for women, and prostate for men). Grant recipients will be announced on Nov. 1, the start of lung cancer awareness month.

As part of the campaign, the NFL and ACS will continue encouraging the entire NFL community to complete THE DEFENDER, a free digital tool, which provides consumers with a personalized game plan to reduce their cancer risk. The Defender shows how healthy lifestyle habits can help reduce cancer risk because when it comes to cancer, OFFENSE IS THE BEST DEFENSE. Fans may access The Defender at TheDefender.cancer.org.

Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans cornerbacks, AJ BOUYE and JOHNATHAN JOSEPH, donated tickets to their Nov. 3 matchup in London, so that fans who complete The Defender will have the option to donate to ACS and enter for a chance to win two tickets to Jaguars vs. Texans game in London, inclusive of travel, as part of an ACS sweepstakes.

Several players will again support the campaign, including DREW BREES, QUINNEN WILLIAMS, KYLE RUDOLPH, and the American Cancer Society's fifteen player ambassadors who have lent their voice, and will make appearances at community events throughout the month of October.

Crucial Catch also reaches the youth and high school football community across the country. NFL Legend and youth football coach, KURT WARNER, has become the national ambassador of Youth Crucial Catch.  With the help of USA Football, NFL Legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer member JIM KELLY sent a note to youth and high school football coaches nationally, offering ideas for how schools and teams can join the fight against cancer. Youth football trailblazer and NFL Honors Game Changer Award winner, SAM GORDON, has also joined the campaign as a national ambassador.  Interested teams may visit cancer.org/crucialcatch to sign up, pledge to fundraise for ACS, and download a toolkit to host their own 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. Fans can also purchase Crucial Catch apparel on NFLShop.com.

Beginning on Sunday, Oct. 6, 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.

HUDDLE FOR 100: HUDDLE TO INTERCEPT CANCER

In honor of its 100th season, the NFL launched Huddle for 100. The goal of the initiative is to inspire 1 million people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time. The NFL is hosting a series of "National Huddles" that are tied to either a League tentpole event of or a League initiative throughout the season. National Huddles are large scale volunteer events focused on a specific cause. On Oct. 8 from 1 – 3 PM, leading up to the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL will host its fourth National Huddle centered around Crucial Catch and the fight against cancer: Huddle to Intercept Cancer.

Huddle to Intercept Cancer will highlight the NFL's Crucial Catch initiative and its partnership with the American Cancer Society. This year's Crucial Catch game in Los Angeles will help to bring awareness to the unique circumstances of patients, caregivers, and survivors and will emphasize the importance of understanding preventative habits and early detection. The event will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles and will include an intimate experience for patients, caregivers, and survivors where they will have the opportunity to enjoy therapeutic activities that bring about a sense of community, while allowing them to focus on their personal wellness. There will also be a volunteer component, where over 250 members of the LA community will come together and participate in different activities that give back to those affected by cancer, while also helping to raise awareness around screenings and risk reduction.

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.

TEAMSelected Cancer(s)Crucial Catch Activations
Arizona CardinalsBreast CancerThe Cardinals are focusing their Crucial Catch efforts on all cancers with a focus on breast cancer – their Crucial Catch game will be against the Atlanta Falcons Oct. 13th. The Cardinals will host 150 Cancer survivors during the game and will be a part of the halftime performance by country artists Haley & Michaels as they perform their song "Hail Mary". Each survivor will be wearing a multi-colored Crucial Catch Poms and a t-shirt that represents the color of their cancer ribbon. One survivor will crank the "Big Red" siren to bring out the team and three survivors will serve as honorary captains. During a timeout all Cardinals fans will be asked to light up their phones to symbolize the light hope that shines on all cancer patients
Atlanta FalconsAll CancersThe Falcons will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 20 and First Down for Fighters honorees will be recognized in-game. The Falcons will also celebrate cancer awareness during the month of Oct. through First Down for Fighters presented by Grady Health System and a Breast Cancer Awareness High School Football Game. On Tuesday, Oct.15, First Down for Fighters will honor those currently undergoing treatment for cancer, as well as cancer survivors for their continued effort in fighting against cancer in their communities. First Down for Fighters honorees will be treated to an exclusive invite-only dinner in the Falcons locker room where they will be recognized for their efforts and enjoy dinner alongside Falcons players. The Breast Cancer Awareness High School Football Game will be held on Oct. 18. The game will be held at Hallford Memorial Stadium in Clarkston, Georgia and will consist of various activations, signage, giveaways and pink items for the high school football players. Freddie Falcon and Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders will be in attendance for the game.
Baltimore RavensAll CancersThe Ravens will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 13th where the Ravens will honor 40 survivors of all different types of cancer during pregame ceremonies and the honorees will consist of Ravens PSL owners. All fans in attendance at the Ravens' Crucial Catch game 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 host for the fifth-straight year, their annual Sip N Paint event at M&T Bank stadium on Oct. 7. The night will honor breast cancer survivors, as well as those undergoing treatment and the proceeds will support American Cancer Society. In addition to the guests, the Ravens will honor five survivors with Ravens gear and a locker room meet and greet with Ravens players. On Friday, Oct.11, the Ravens will host the weekly High School Football Showdown.
Buffalo BillsAll CancersAt the Bills' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 20, 150 survivors and caregivers will participate in a halftime ceremony with colorful on-field ribbons. The Bills also teamed up with Great Lakes Cancer Care and American Cancer Society to celebrate the Crucial Catch initiative. On Oct. 1, seven Bills players hosted four families who have been affected by cancer for a facility tour and pizza party in the game day locker room. The team will also host a Family Fun Night for families impacted by pediatric cancer in the ADPRO Sports Training Center.
Carolina PanthersPediatric CancerThe Panthers will host their Crucial Catch game on Nov. 3 and players will wear the #51 in honor of the late Sam Mills who lost his battle with cancer – Mills coined the term "Keep Pounding," the Panthers mantra. There will be 21 pediatric cancer patients from Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital in attendance at the game and each child will be represented by three players. The patients will be hosted in two suites provided by the Panthers community relations department. During the second quarter of the game, the Panthers will recognize their Crucial Catch efforts through a moment of celebration by fans turning and waving to the patients in suites. At the end of Sept. the Panthers visited a hospital and participated in the Komen 5K the first week of Oct. The Panthers also support Youth Crucial Catch efforts in area high schools to raise money for American Cancer Society.
Chicago BearsBreast CancerThe Bears have designated Oct. 20 as their Crucial Catch game and will have breast cancer patients and survivors assist in unfurling a pink ribbon on field during pregame. Flag runners will carry pink flags and wear the 2019 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink shirts as they lead the team onto the field. All Bear Down Flag participants, in-game DJ's and Fan Zone band members as well as the anthem singer and Bears mascot, Staley Da Bear, will also wear the shirt on field. ZTA will be onsite passing out pink ribbons. Honorary captains will include two Bears Care supporters who have been impacted by breast cancer. With game tickets received from season ticket holders through the Bears Share ticket donation program, Bears Care will host breast cancer survivors served by its not-for-profit partners in the Real Bears Fans Wear Pink program. Bears Care, the team's charitable arm, will be selling 2019 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink (RBFWP) shirts throughout October and at the game in support of the program. The Chicago Bears and Bears Care will have additional activations throughout the month of October with cancer patients and survivors. Chicago Bears players will also visit with a group of women who are a part of an advocate breast cancer support group.
Cincinnati BengalsAll CancersAt the Bengals' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 6, they will honor survivors and current cancer patients during a pre-game flag unfurling ceremony. During the game, survivors and patients will wear t-shirts in their color of choice – representative of the cancer that has affected them. The cancer care team will be honored during game ball delivery, in addition to hosting fundraising efforts on gameday at the gates and parking lots. The Bengals will host the Paint Cincy Pink social campaign with their hospital partner and will also host a Facebook Live with several cancer doctors at the beginning of Oct.
Cleveland BrownsAll CancersThe Browns will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 13 and American Cancer Society along with University Hospitals will be engaging with fans before the game on Dawg Pound Drive – where they will be engaging with fans before the game with various activations. ACS will activate the Browns First and Ten table, where fans can pledge to #give10 in their communities. Fans will also be able to participate in the Crucial Catch game theme by creating signs where they can craft messages to support someone battling cancer. Photos of the fans and their messages will be featured on our scoreboard tagboard during the game. Browns Kids Special Game Experience: The Browns will invite families of children battling cancer from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital for a special game day experience. The children and their families will get to watch pregame from the field sideline and enjoy the rest of the game from a suite. Signature Crucial Catch Banner Presentation: Fifty cancer survivors selected from the American Cancer Society and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center will be honored as they hold a large Crucial Catch Intercept Cancer multicolored banner to represent various types of cancer on the field for kickoff. Kickoff Kid and Coin Toss Captain: University Hospitals has nominated a child and family affected by cancer to serve as our Kickoff Kid as well as Coin Toss Captain during pregame. The Browns will honor the Herron family as 2019 Coin Toss Captains. This is the family of JOSH HERRON, who battled cancer and was selected as the Browns Coin Toss Captain in 2018 for his commitment to serving the community. Players including BAKER MAYFIELD cheered Josh on before he passed away. Crucial Catch Video Feature: The Browns will play a video in-game, highlighting the Crucial Catch visit to UH Seidman Cancer Center, where players NICK CHUBB, JOE SCHOBERT, DAMION RATLEY and mascot Chomps visited cancer patients of all ages to uplift their spirits. The Browns will also take part in an array of Crucial Catch related events throughout October.
Dallas CowboysAll CancersAt the Cowboys' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 20, 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 human awareness ribbons on the field during the performance. The Cowboys, in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, will host the fifth annual Star Survivors visit at The Star in Frisco and will honor the group and the previous year's Star Survivors during pregame on field, along with five breast cancer survivors from Bank of America. As part of the presentation, Bank of America will present Komen with a $50,000 grant to support breast health research in North Texas. Cowboys staff, their families and fans will huddle to form Team Cowboys to run / walk at the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure on October 26. To close the month, the team will work with North Texas VA hospitals to provide cancer screenings to military veterans as a transition from Crucial Catch month to Salute to Service.
Denver BroncosAll CancersThe Broncos will host the annual Fight Like A Bronco game on Oct. 17 where they will be recognizing more than 100 cancer survivors—men, women, and children—starting with a pregame reception during which Broncos President and CEO JOE ELLIS will address the group. Survivors will represent a myriad of cancers and be recognized on field at halftime during a special choreographed program with Broncos Cheerleaders. The Broncos will also host a new event for members of Broncos Country who have lost a loved one to cancer and invite them to spend an evening at the UCHealth Training Center to create a custom Fight Like a Bronco painted canvas in memory of their loved one and enjoy dinner at the facility. For the second consecutive year, custom Fight Like A Bronco t-shirts will be available for sale online and at Empower Field at Mile High on select gamedays with 100% of t-shirt sales benefiting the American Cancer Society. During the month of Oct., Broncos players will visit oncology patients at both Children's Hospital Colorado and UCHealth's University of Colorado Hospital as part of the team's Fight Like a Bronco cancer platform outreach.
Detroit LionsAll CancersAt the Lions' Crucial Catch game on October 27, they will give away 25,000 Lions texting gloves branded with Game on Cancer – their research and fundraising campaign with official healthcare partner, Henry Ford Health System. Fans will be given the opportunity to hold up 'In Honor Of' Cancer Cards honoring loved ones who were affected by cancer. Cards will be distributed during the game and fans will be asked to hold up the cards during a media timeout. 100 Henry Ford Health System individuals will participate in a special dance with the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders during the 1st Quarter Break. The Lions will host 200 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers on-field pregame. They will form a human fan tunnel that the players run through during team introductions and join forces to hold eight ribbons during the national anthem. The in-game presentation will include tribute messages from players impacted by cancer to reinforce the message that it is a disease that effects all of us. Cheerleaders and Mascot Roary will wear pink, and on-field participants will receive special Crucial Catch t-shirts to wear. Current Detroit Lions players along with cheerleaders and Roary will brighten the day of cancer patients at a Henry Ford Hospital by sending their well wishes, taking photos and signing autographs. A mid-afternoon reception in the atrium of a Henry Ford hospital will offer refreshments, remarks will be made by doctors and the Lions, and each patient will receive giveaways. In partnership with Henry Ford Health System, children and families who have been impacted by cancer are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes for a special evening of trick-or-treating, games, and activities and Ford Field for a costume party. Lions players and cheerleaders will be hand out candy at trick-or-treat stations and will be on-hand for photos and autographs.
Green Bay PackersAll CancersThe Packers will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 14 and will work alongside the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. Packers Vs. Cancer, presented by Bellin Health, will recognize cancer survivors on the field during the pregame Ambassador Line and the national anthem in addition to other in-game spotlights. The national anthem will be performed by six-time cancer survivor EDWARD SCHRANK. Game attendees can also show their support with the game giveaway, which this year is multifunctional scarf/head wrap, made of stretchy, breathable fabric with the Packers Vs. Cancer logo printed on it. The giveaway was created with those undergoing cancer treatment in mind, and can be worn by patients, their loved ones and those who support the fight against cancer. Additionally, the Packers Pro Shop is selling a new Packers Vs. Cancer New Era knit hat available for purchase now at the Packers Pro Shop, with $5 from each hat sale going directly to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. The winter stocking hat, which will be sold throughout October and into the colder months, features green, gold and white stripes, with the Packers logo on the front and a Packers Vs. Cancer logo on the side. The hat is available in-store and online. Packers linebacker BLAKE MARTINEZ and kicker MASON CROSBY, who serve as spokespeople for the initiative, took part in a public service announcement, which will air in Oct. throughout Wisconsin and in-game to remind fans how they can be a part of Packers Vs. Cancer. Several Packers players will also join the effort, visiting cancer patients in the hospital and meeting with survivors throughout the season. The Packers will be teaming up with two local high schools to raise money for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, in the fourth annual Packers vs. Cancer High School Football Game.  On Oct. 18 six Packers players/alumni will be in attendance for the Hortonville vs. Kaukauna game in Kaukauna, Wis. All proceeds from the sale of shirts, rally towels, and raffle tickets for autographed Packers items will be donated to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
Houston TexansBreast CancerAt the Texans' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 6, Texans will host their annual Pink Ribbon Day. During halftime of the Pink Ribbon Day game, the Houston Texans will induct late founder, senior chairman, and chief executive officer ROBERT C. MCNAIR into the NRG Stadium Ring of Honor. Ring of Honor member ANDRE JOHNSON, the first and only other inductee, will present a framed red blazer to the McNair family in celebration of Mr. McNair's life, his philanthropy and his successful efforts to bring football back to Houston. Zeta Tau Alphas will be handing out pink ribbons to fans at NRG Stadium Gates & the Bullevard. Texans staff will be wearing pink ribbons and RCM lapel pins in memory of and late founder, senior chairman, and chief executive officer Robert C. McNair. ANDRE HAL, former Texans safety and cancer survivor, will inspire the team by leading the Texans out of the tunnel as the Homefield Advantage Captain. Texans season ticket members who have battled cancer or have loved ones battling cancer will hold the Texas state flag. Flag holders will be wearing pink shirts. Texans co-founder and senior chair Janice S. McNair will be the Coin Toss Captain along with other members of the Houston Texans family who have battled cancer. On Sept. 30, breast cancer patients and survivors were invited to a lunch at NRG Stadium hosted by Texans co-founder and senior chair JANICE MCNAIR, a breast cancer survivor. Those in attendance were treated to surprises throughout the lunch, including flowers from Kroger, Texans gift bags and they received tickets to attend the Pink Ribbon Day game. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Texans players visited three Houston Methodist hospitals in the area to visit with patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer and thanking the physicians and nurses for their exceptional care. One patient at each location was surprised with two tickets to the Pink Ribbon Day game.
Indianapolis ColtsAll CancersThe Colts will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 20 and prior to the game they will be hosting a Celebration of Care breakfast for survivors and their caregiver. Survivors and their guests will display the Crucial Catch banner on-field during the National Anthem, wearing colored shirts as it relates to the cancer they battled/are battling/are supporting. Cheerleaders will be using pom poms that are color coordinated with the cancers included in the Crucial Catch logo. The Colts will continue their efforts off-field at the Pamper Her Pink event, a visit to the IU Simon Cancer Center and a Crucial Catch runway event highlighting childhood cancer awareness.
Jacksonville JaguarsAll CancersAt the Jaguars' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 27, 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 Oct. 22, the Jaguars will host a private event for more than 250 cancer survivors who battled breast, childhood and skin cancers and guests at Skate Station in celebration of their victories. Jaguars players will share a meal with survivors and their families, sign autographs and participate in activities such as roller skating, arcade games and much more. Representatives from American Cancer Society, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Make A Wish Foundation, Melanoma Research Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Dreams Come True will also be in attendance showing their support for the survivors.
Kansas City ChiefsAll CancersThe Chiefs will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 13 where they'll be honoring seven area patients from the University of Kansas Health System that are fighting or have fought various forms of cancer. These seven patients attended a special lunch at the Chiefs TUKHS Training Complex where they watched practice, then wrapped the day up with a special player meet-and-greet. Before departing that day, they were also surprised with the opportunity to attend and be recognized on-field at the team's Crucial Catch game. Also, during the game, Chiefs Kingdom will have the opportunity to recognize family members and/or friends it has that have been impacted by cancer by filling out a special-edition hashtag #ChiefsvsCancer selfie card. Fans are invited to share their selfie cards on social media and then stand and celebrate that individual by displaying their card at Arrowhead Stadium during the first quarter of the game.
Los Angeles Chargers                   Breast CancerThe Chargers will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 13 where they will have a very special halftime performance in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Zeta Tau Alpha. Additionally, the Chargers will honor over 50 cancer survivors. On Oct. 8, the Chargers and the NFL will host the Huddle to Intercept Cancer event – part of the NFL's Huddle for 100 initiative. SUSIE SPANOS, Chargers players and the Charger Girls will be in attendance and participate in different activities that give back to those affected by cancer, while also helping to raise awareness around screenings and risk reduction. Volunteers will assemble care kits, create activity books for cancer patients, learned dances that were choreographed by the Charger Girls, and participate in different educational experiences to learn about reducing their risk of cancer. The Huddle to Intercept Cancer event will also provide a pampering experience for 40 cancer survivors.
Los Angeles RamsAll CancersAt the Rams' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 13, the team will host Season Ticket Members, who are cancer fighters and survivors, on-field during player introductions and the national anthem. The Rams are also partnering with various cancer-related non-profits to host fighters and survivors and celebrate them throughout the game. 
Miami Dolphins                    All CancersThe Dolphins will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 13 which will include the Crucial Catch Halftime Show & Dolphins Cancer Challenge Check Presentation. Cancer Survivors will be honored on the field and a 50-50 Raffle presented by Litecoin to benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Two celebrities will ride stationary bikes throughout the game to help raise funds for cancer research. Living Proof Brunch presented by Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation will welcome and host over 100 cancer survivors at the game. On Oct. 7, the Dolphins will host the Dolphins Cancer Challenge Dining Experience hosted by RAEKWON MCMILLAN and DAVON GODCHAUX. On Oct. 8, the Dolphins will visit pediatric cancer patients at Alex's place with Dolphins players and cheer.
Minnesota VikingsAll CancersThe Vikings will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 13 and will include multiple points to honor survivors, those who have battled cancer and families of those who have battled cancer. A group of cancer survivors and their caregivers were hosted as a special group at Vikings Training Camp and were surprised by KYLE RUDOLPH with an invite to the Crucial Catch game. Vikings players will also visit the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Minneapolis to provide a meal for those who are staying there. The Vikings and Mystic Lake will host a reception and event for ACS survivors and family members.
New England PatriotsAll CancersAt the Patriots' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 10, the Kraft family and the Patriots will host a special pregame ceremony featuring more than 150 cancer survivors and their family members. Before the Patriots take the field, the survivors will walk out onto the turf, wearing Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer t-shirts. They will all hold color-coordinated cards to match the Crucial Catch ribbon. A Crucial Catch banner will also be displayed on the middle of the field. In late Sept., Patriots players visited Boston-area hospitals to offer their support to families who are battling cancer. During their visit, the Patriots representatives invited 10 women to a special day of pampering at Gillette Stadium. On Oct. 3, the women were treated to a day filled with massages, manicures, relaxation yoga and more. During lunchtime, the women received a surprise invitation from ROBERT KRAFT to attend the Patriots' Crucial Catch game on Oct.10 and to participate in the pregame ceremony. The Patriots Foundation will conclude the month by hosting a Halloween party at Gillette Stadium for pediatric cancer patients and their families. They will be joined by Patriots players, cheerleaders and Pat Patriot who will also be wearing Halloween costumes.
New Orleans SaintsBreast CancerAt the Saints' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 6, 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, Cancer survivors and supporters will form the American flag & Saints flag unfurling crews, all wearing co-branded Saints/Ochsner cancer awareness tee shirts. The National Anthem will be sung by FRANK RICHARD, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia survivor. The honorary captain for the game is cancer survivor, CLAUDETTE NICKERSON. Team partner Ochsner Health System will also recognize cancer survivor and team yoga instructor, JESSICA HUNEYCUTT, during a pre-game presentation as part of the Ochsner Heroes program. The Saintsations will use multi-colored cancer awareness accents in their gameday attire. They will also perform at halftime as part of a Multi-Cancer awareness tribute. Ochsner will provide a cancer awareness-themed baseball cap as a giveaway to fans entering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Al Copeland Foundation will distribute multi-colored koozies and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will distribute pink ribbons to fans on the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Saints staff members will wear Saints/Ochsner co-branded polos in their chosen cancer awareness color most important to them. Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be lit in multi-colored lights on gameday. Player cancer awareness / memorable charitable functions vignettes will be shown throughout the game. Saints players will participate in a Cancer Dinner for survivors and their families in October. There will also be a Yoga/Viewing Party fundraiser hosted by Ochsner with team yoga instructor Jessica Huneycutt.  Team partner Paris Parker Salons will be partnering with the Saints to host a Cut-A-Thon fundraiser at all Louisiana locations where proceeds will benefit cancer research and Dignicap software.  
New York GiantsBreast CancerThe Giants will host their will celebrate Crucial Catch at their Oct. 6 game where ZTA will be in the parking lot handing out pink ribbons prior to the game. The Giants will utilize season-ticket holders and children from Tackle Kids Cancer to assist in forming a multi colored ribbon on the field during pregame. On Sept.30, the Giants had seven players who have experienced cancer in their family visit American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Manhattan to serve and enjoy dinner with individuals who are in New York City to receive treatment for cancer. The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in New York City, which opened in 2007, offers 60 guest rooms located near treatment centers in the area.
New York JetsPediatric CancerAt the Jets' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 13, four children undergoing or have completed treatment at Atlantic Health System's Goryeb Children's Hospital, will serve as honorary captains for the coin toss prior to kickoff. 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. Jets players visited patients at Atlantic Health System's Goryeb Children's Hospital on Oct. 1.
Oakland RaidersAll CancersThe Raiders have designated their Nov. 3 as their Crucial Catch game. The Raiders will have end zone stencils, goal post wraps, and field wall banners in place at the Coliseum for that game. The Raiders will partner with the American Cancer Society to host cancer survivors for a chocolate-making class at the team's Alameda, CA Facility. Survivors and players will design their own chocolate bars as well as learn about the science, history and health benefits of chocolate. They will be able to take home their chocolate at the end of the evening. In addition, the Raiders Women's Association in Oakland and the Family Association in Las Vegas, which consists of front office members, sales and construction partners, alumni as well as their families and the families and significant others of players and coaches, will support the Crucial Catch by conducting Spin Class fundraisers in both cities.
Philadelphia EaglesBreast CancerThe Eagles will be hosting their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 6 and will also be teaming up with Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Bringing Hope home, two local non-profits that support folks who are battling cancer. Additionally, goat yoga will be hosted at the team's indoor facility. JEANNIE PEDERSON will be purchasing and donating T-Shirts for the event.
Pittsburgh SteelersBreast CancerAt the Steelers' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 6, the Steelers will provide pink Terrible Towels to all fans as a giveaway as they enter the stadium. There will be an on field Catching competition featuring five UPMC Oncology Doctors and the Steelers will recognize cancer survivors on field during pre-game. The survivors will also be positioned on the sideline with the team during the national anthem. Steelers Legend AARON SMITH will lead the towel twirl immediately before kickoff and will be joined by his Son Elijah; a Cancer Survivor. Additionally, the Steel City Zeta Alumnae Chapter will be distributing pink ribbons during the game. On Oct. 24, the Steelers will team up with UPMC Magee Women's Hospital to host the annual healthy cooking demonstration in support of breast cancer awareness month.
San Francisco 49ersAll Cancers The 49ers will host their Crucial Catch game on Oct. 7 where they will welcome 150 cancer warriors, representing all cancers and salute their strength during a pre-game ceremony on the field. Both the cancer warrior and their supporter will be honored on field. American Cancer Society and Be the Match will activate on the Faithful Mile and distribute information to fans related to cancer awareness. The 49ers and Be the Match will also partner for a reunion hosted at Levi's® Stadium between a 20-year old bone marrow donor and the 2-year old pediatric cancer recipient whose life was saved because of the donation. The donor and recipient will be recognized at the game. On Oct. 2nd, the 49ers hosted the 3rd annual Crucial Catch Fashion Show presented by Dignity Health where cancer warriors will walk the runway in Levi's® apparel. The models were paired with 49ers players while their stories of strength and courage are shared with the audience.
Seattle SeahawksAll CancersAt the Seahawks' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 20, local cancer patients and doctors will be recognized on field during pregame. Seahawks game entertainment will also wear colors associated with screenable cancers, i.e., shoelaces, wristbands, etc. On Oct. 4, the Seattle Seahawks, along with Virginia Mason, Franciscan Health and the American Cancer Society (ACS), will kick off a month of cancer awareness activities to promote early detection through the Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer campaign with a ceremonial flag raising at CenturyLink Field to kick off the campaign.  During the month of October, Seattle Seahawks will donate 12% of the proceeds from in-store Pro Shop purchases of Crucial Catch headwear to Crucial Cash. This fund helps local patients pay for the additional expenses associated with cancer treatment. Seahawks Pro Shop customers can also make an additional donation to the Crucial Cash fund as part of their purchase. On Oct. 17, the Seahawks will host survivors and physicians at team practice for post-practice meet/greet. Blitz, Seahawks Dancers and Blue Thunder will participate in ACS's Blue Friday Rally in downtown Seattle on Oct. 18. as encouragement for fans to schedule regular healthcare screenings, the CenturyLink Field arch lights will feature an array of colors in the week leading up to the game representing multiple cancers that can be detected early.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersBreast CancerAt the Buccaneers' Crucial Catch game on Nov. 10, the team will honor those affected by breast cancer. Earlier that day, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation will host the 7th 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. Arizona Cardinals game later that afternoon. Also, through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Community Ticket Program, cancer-related organizations selected by Buccaneers players will receive the opportunity to experience a Buccaneers game day at Raymond James Stadium.
Tennessee TitansBreast CancerBreast cancer survivors will be acknowledged at the Titans' Crucial Catch game on Oct. 6. Additionally, the Titans 12th Titan Sword of honor will be presented to someone with ties to cancer survival. The Titans are partnering with their local ACS chapter to host a gas card drive benefitting their Road to Recovery (RTR) program. Transportation can be one of a cancer patient's biggest roadblocks to treatment, and RTR provides cancer patients with free rides to treatment. Gas cards collected at the game will be given to volunteer drivers to help offset the cost of transportation. In early October the Nashville chapter of the ACS will reveal their newly renovated Hope Lodge. As part of the renovation, the Titans remolded the Hope Lodge's exercise room, which is a place for patients to complete physical therapy and caregivers to take a healthy break. The Titans will also host their annual "Dining with Hope" event at the Nashville Hope Lodge, bringing cancer patients, caregivers and Titans players together for an evening of football, food and fellowship.
Washington RedskinsBreast CancerThe Redskins will host 30 women who are currently battling or survivors of breast cancer for the game Redskins' Crucial Catch game on Oct.6. Survivors can attend a special pre-game party, participate in pre-game activations and then sit in a suite for the rest of the game. The Redskins will work with the women of Zeta Tau Alpha to distribute pink ribbons at the gates and promote breast cancer awareness and prevention. The first 40,000 fans in attendance at the Oct. 6th game will receive an "I CHEER FOR" card to write down the name of a survivor or current patient battling cancer. The following week, TANYA SNYDER and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, in partnership with ACS, will host the twelfth annual All-Star Survivors Celebration at Redskins Park. The All-Star Survivors Celebration will pamper, support and celebrate 30 area women currently battling breast cancer. During the event, the breast cancer survivors, or "All-Stars," will receive new jeans donated by Gap Inc., new jewelry donated by Kendra Scott as well as new wigs, scarves and a Redskins gift bag. All-Stars will be treated to lunch, makeup consultations, massages and a behind the scenes tour of Redskins Park from Redskins players.

CONTACTS:

NFLJordyn White; jordyn.white@nfl.com  

ACS: Paul McGee; paul.mcgee@cancer.org