Whether it’s the Stars, Rampage or Spurs, Pink Week is very special to me. It reminds me that life is precious and that anyone can be taken at any moment from this terrible disease of Breast Cancer. In honor of my best friends mom, support for my aunt and all those affect by this, I got a tattoo of the pink ribbon on my arm that says “live laugh love believe hope.” Breast cancer has hit close to my family and not a day goes by I don’t think about them.
When the teams show support with pink week, it makes me feel like they are more than just athletes. It shows that they care about those affected and want to help, no matter their fame. Athletes taking the time to support a big cause that’s become a staple in society makes it even more meaningful because I am an athlete, sports lover, niece and friend to those affect by this disease. The amount of support from the fans always shocks me. The games have amazing turnouts and so many people donate to the organizations helping, even if it doesn’t affect them in any way.
Pink week always bring up memories of my best friends mom, Linda Torres, who passed away November 21, 2013 after her long battle of breast cancer. Although I only knew her for three years, I feel like I’ve known her my entire life. She supported my dreams of being a photographer and cared about my family and I. She was also a big believer in God and prayer, I always made it my mission to spend at least 30 minutes with her talking every time I would go over to their house. The last time I saw her smile and got to hug her was September 30, 2013. After that day, things went downhill fast. I miss her everyday and not a day goes by I don’t think of her.
A few months after she passed, we found out my Auntie was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everyday is different, but my auntie is fighting hard and is surrounded by loved ones who support her in any way possible. I know she will beat this deadly disease because she is a fighter. She loves hearing about the Stars pink week and thinks it’s the coolest thing ever for a sports team to show this much support and love for such a terrible disease. I love my auntie!
My aunt and I were both amazed at the $44,000 the fans raised during the post-game jersey auction on August 1, 2014. It’s fans like you that make special nights, like Pink Night, so meaningful to those affected. Thank you to everyone who came out to support Breast Health Awareness night, to those who donated at the auction, and to those who donate throughout the year. You are helping find a cure for so many fighters, like my auntie. My tattoo has more meaning than just a memory of Mama Linda, Its support for those battling, those who won the battle, and in honor of those we lost. Go Pink Week and Let’s Go Stars!