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Real Bears Fans Wear Pink Game

During the Bears game on Sunday, October 3, breast cancer survivors were recognized during the team’s pregame and in-game events, along with an Advocate doctor who participated in the game’s coin presentation.

According to Advocate Health Aurora, the 10 breast cancer survivors, their family members and doctors from across Illinois were honored Sunday at the Real Bears Fans Wear Pink game at Soldier Field, as Advocate Health Care, the Chicago Bears and Bears Care (the team’s charitable arm) raised awareness of the disease. The breast cancer survivors were also recognized in front of the crowd on the field before the game and were featured in several in-game activities throughout the afternoon.

Special pink rally towels were distributed to 40,000 fans and the Bears’ mascot, Staley Da Bear, who sported a Real Bears Fans Wear Pink T-shirt.

Among the attendees were Kristie Johnson of Chicago, who received successful treatment at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, for an aggressive form of breast cancer that changes the appearance and texture of the skin. Kristie underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy, 30 radiation treatments and a mastectomy.

Other honorees were Jeanetta Edwards, who never stopped working and even started a doctoral degree program while she received treatments, and Laura Welker, who was surprised by Bears alumnus Jerry Azumah last year after undergoing a double mastectomy.

Honors for the breast cancer survivors and their physicians were designed to spotlight a disease that will affect one in eight women during their lifetime. More women are surviving breast cancer than ever before, thanks to newer methods for early detection, diagnosis and treatment.

About Advocate Aurora Health

Advocate Aurora Health is one of the 12 largest not-for-profit, integrated health systems in the United States and a leading employer in the Midwest with 75,000 employees, including more than 22,000 nurses and the region’s largest employed medical staff and home health organization.

A national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, the system serves nearly 3 million patients annually in Illinois and Wisconsin across more than 500 sites of care. Advocate Aurora is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies and is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology and pediatrics. The organization contributed $2.2 billion in charitable care and services to its communities in 2019. We help people live well.

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Joseph Phillips

Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Sports Editor at Chicago Crusader Newspaper

Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.

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