The Denver Broncos continue to work with Susan G. Komen Colorado, one of 10 community flagship partners, to further the Koman's mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cure.
One in seven women in Colorado will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Furthermore, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women and is the leading cause of cancer death among Colorado women.
Komen Colorado serves 72 percent of Colorado's population in a 22-county service area and has invested more than $39 million in local nonprofits that provide breast health and breast cancer services to the medically underserved since Komen's inception in 1992.
Komen Colorado and the Broncos partner to spread awareness about the disease and increase screening services for Coloradoans. The Broncos work with Komen for the club's annual breast cancer awareness game in addition to supporting Komen at its yearly Pink Tie Gala fundraising event through monetary and in-kind donations.
Back in October, the Broncos honored more than 100 breast cancer survivors in conjunction with the NFL's support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Prior to last season's home game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Broncos hosted a group of breast cancer survivors for a pink champagne brunch where they connected with other survivors and heard from Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis.
"The most special aspect of the day is the camaraderie that is built and the friendships that are built beyond that day. Most of the women report back to us that those things were the most special part of that day, making new friends and feeling like a part of a larger group of women that are going through something similar," said Broncos Director of Community Development Kelly Woodward.
The annual Salute to Survivors recognition during halftime celebrated the courage of breast cancer survivors with an on-field recognition featuring the 100-plus survivors and a video tribute.
Broncos players and coaches donned pink apparel on the field that was auctioned off to benefit the both Susan G. Komen Colorado and the American Cancer Society.
Additionally, Broncos alumni, including Ring of Famers Billy Thompson, Rod Smith and Tom Nalen, and Reggie Rivers, Ebenezer Ekuban, and Steve Foley, all served as race chairs for Susan G. Koman Colorado's 2014 Race for the Cure Denver.
For more information about Susan G. Komen Colorado and the organization's work, please visit: http://www.komencolorado.org/.