Originally Written Oct. 17
The Chicago Bulls showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at their last preseason game Monday night as they wore pink to honor the one in eight women who have breast cancer.
Over 100 breast cancer fighters and survivors, family members, physicians and breast health navigators attended Monday’s game at the United Center to raise awareness for breast cancer. This is the fourth year that the Bulls and Advocate Health Care have partnered to honor those affected by the disease for a special game in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Three Advocate patients and breast cancer survivors were dubbed honorary captains. Dr. Heidi Memmel, a breast surgeon with Advocate Health Care and breast cancer survivor, presented the game ball at center court.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer just as I was starting my breast cancer fellowship which is totally ironic,” said Memmel. “I’m just so impressed that the Bulls and Advocate would hold such an enormous event to show their support for breast cancer awareness and research. It’s just so touching because my career is devoted to this, and a good part of my life is devoted to this as well.”
Maria Luisa Gonzalez, a Chicago elementary school teacher and breast cancer survivor, served as one of the game’s honorary captains.
“You know I’m a teacher and I explained to my children exactly what was going on once I had my surgery,” said Gonzalez. “I think that life is all about choices, and it is not easy but you can choose to be sad and feel sorry for yourself or fight, and that’s what I opted to do, and they really give me the strength.”
For the rest of October, other Chicago organizations will also hold walks, lectures and a variety of other events to encourage women to go get their mammograms and avoid breast cancer.