The Oakland Raiders hosted an intimate event this week with a pre-selected group of local breast cancer patients and their caregivers to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In partnership with the American Cancer Society, the team served dinner to the women and their guests at the Raiders training facility in Alameda. Players Maurice Jones-Drew, Brian Leonhardt, Sio Moore, and Rod Streater joined the group for dinner and engaged in conversation that brought smiles to the women at each table.
Interim Head Coach Tony Sparano made an appearance to welcome the women to the Raiders facility and applaud them for their continued fight. Along with being given a tour of the facility, Sparano gave each guest two tickets to Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers and jewelry from Tiffany and Co.
Angie Carrillo, spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, applauded the Raiders for their partnership.
“Cancer touches us all and it’s important for women to take charge of their breast health,” she said.
Streater, whose mother is also a breast cancer survivor, said the moment was significant to him. It’s because of this that he says he felt a connection with each of them.
“I know what they’re going through and I know that they’re fighting hard,” he said.
Last year during this time, Streater says he caught a touchdown with the first play and was able to give the ball to his mother. Although he will not play this Sunday because of a foot injury, he believes the significance of the game is on the mind of his teammates.
“They know what they’re fighting for,” said Streater. “I think they’re going to play with more of a passion…knowing they’re out there playing for someone else.”
The breast cancer patients will also participate in the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program. The free, national program helps women battling cancer improve their appearance and self-image by teaching them hands-on beauty techniques to manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.