THE BLOG
08/25/2011 10:43 am ET | Updated Oct 25, 2011

Bringing Awareness to Breast Cancer

The Washington Mystics and Sibley Memorial Hospital will partner once again for the fourth annual breast health awareness auction to be held Sunday, August 28 when we play the Phoenix Mercury at Verizon Center. In the last three years, the Mystics have raised over $125,000 for the Sullivan Center for Breast Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital.


I was affected personally when one of my mentors, Edna Campbell, was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am happy to say that today she is a breast cancer survivor. I think when you see such wonderful people and how such a terrible disease can bring somebody down like that, you want to do everything you can to bring them up.


As women, we must keep up with routine doctor visits to regularly check for cancerous signs. I think it is very important for people to be aware. It affects so many women and being checked out is just so important to staying healthy.


As a mom, I want to promote health and awareness for my daughter because you never know when or where it could hit. It could be your cousin, your friend, your friend's cousin -- you just want to make sure you do everything you can to let people know that they have some form of support. I think that we are able to do with Sibley is fantastic because so many are able to benefit from it.


I am looking forward to the post-game auction; my teammates have told me how much fun it is to help raise the funds and to be able to interact with our fans. This year, we are adding a new component to our fundraising and will also have a telethon for fans who are not in the Washington, D.C. area and are not able to attend the game, but still would like to help Sibley with this amazing initiative. Fans watching us take on the Mercury on NBATV can call 202-266-2222 and make a donation. Every little bit helps when fighting an insidious disease like breast cancer.


Everyone knows of a friend or a family that has been affected by breast cancer and to be able to bring awareness at our game is huge. While we're out there on the floor, we need to take a moment and think about how hard those who have had breast cancer have fought and take that inspiration with us to the game.