Women's Basketball Team to Sponsor Breast Cancer Awareness Night

Feb. 12, 2002

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Siena College Women's Basketball Team and Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!) are once again hosting "Breast Cancer Awareness Night" on Thursday, February 21, 2002 during the Saints' game with rival St. Peter's. It will also be Senior Night as the Saints honor the Class of 2002. Over 1000 people are expected to attend the Capital Region's largest breast cancer educational event. This year's theme is "Healthy Eating Equals Healthy Lives" and will feature demonstrations, a special half-time presentation and other surprises. A portion of each ticket sold with be donated to CRAAB!

Breast Cancer Awareness Night is the kickoff event for a yearlong plan of events that include presentations and workshops throughout the Capital Region to increase Breast Cancer awareness. The list of events is available upon request from the CRAAB! office and will be made available at the game.

CRAAB!, founded in 1997, is a diverse group of breast cancer survivors and advocates focused on eradicating breast cancer through education and advocacy. CRAAB! sponsors monthly educational programs, and its members participate in breast cancer support and educational programs locally and nationally.

Dr. Patricia S. Brown, Co-President of CRAAB! and Professor of Biology at Siena College stated, "We at CRAAB! are excited by our partnership with the Siena Saints Women's Basketball Team because it unites young women athletes who are leaders in our community with breast cancer survivors in educating the public about the important link between diet and health." According to head coach Gina Castelli, "Athletes have to be exceptionally aware of the relationship between diet and overall health. The Siena Women's Basketball Team and the MAAC Conference are committed to promoting breast cancer awareness as well as developing life-long healthy eating and exercise habits."

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women worldwide and the United States has some of the highest rates of breast cancer. New York State is one of five states with the highest breast cancer mortality. Education, awareness and advocacy for more research are our only weapons because we still do not know the cause of breast cancer and we do not know how to cure this disease.