For those affected by breast cancer, Pink represents something far more significant than just a color. Pink represents power, strength, courage and hope. More than anything, Pink represents perseverance and a fighting spirit whose will cannot not be broken because of a diagnosis.
“No matter what stage you are, no matter if you’re stage 0 or stage 4, no matter what someone says your expectancy is, you can define your own attitude,” said 38-year-old breast cancer survivor Marsha Mudge, “Your positive attitude can get you through anything.”
An initial diagnosis can be an extremely frightening experience. However, you are not alone in this fight and there are people who want to help you through the process. “Get the support. Talk to someone. There are people out there who are willing to talk to you and help you get through it. And there are different outreach programs that a lot of people don’t know about,” said survivor Happy Buttles.
While cancer can affect the body in a variety of adverse ways, there is one thing cancer cannot take from you: your spirit. “It all has to do with what you have inside,” said Angie Oviedo, who was diagnosed in 2008, “I feel that if I had chosen to give up, I might be in a different place right now.”
As a 22-year survivor, Sandi Stanford knows better than most that tragedies are a part of life but what matters is how you respond to that adversity. “It’s not over. It’s just a stumble in the path of life,” said Stanford, “You’re walking down the street and there’s a crack in the sidewalk. You trip over the crack but you get back up and you keep on walking because that’s what you do.”
The San Antonio Stars will support local breast cancer charities during the 15th annual Breast Health Awareness Night, presented by Methodist Healthcare System, on Saturday, Aug. 5 vs. the Seattle Storm at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center. The Stars will also host the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 during Go Red for Women Night to round out Women’s Health Awareness Week and raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association.
On Breast Health Awareness Night, the Stars will wear pink jerseys, and a portion of proceeds from the BHA Ticket Package – which starts at just $19 and includes a ticket and a pink performance t-shirt – will go to local breast cancer nonprofits. Browse tickets here. For more information on both nights and to learn how you can get involved, visit sastars.com/health.