Tulsa Shock To Go Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

Friday, July 30th 2010, 11:25 am
By: News On 6

By Dan Bewley and NewsOn6.com

TULSA, OK -- The Tulsa Shock and Tulsa area breast cancer organizations are joining forces for "Breast Cancer Awareness" night Friday at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa.

"We're really excited to support such a great cause," Steve Swetoha, President of the Shock, said.

On the court, they're pillars of strength and concentration, but for one member of the Tulsa Shock, thoughts of the deadly disease are never too far away.

"My grandmother passed from breast cancer when I was two and my mother is a five year survivor," said Rashanda McCants, Tulsa Shock.

McCants plays forward for the Shock. Her mother is home in North Carolina, counting each day as another victory over breast cancer.

"She's doing great, she looks great, she's in great spirits. She's one of those people when you see her she's always smiling," said McCants.

Friday night the Shock and WNBA are pulling out all the stops to raise awareness of breast cancer, wearing pink shoes, pink uniforms and offering special giveaways. The goal is let the world know it's important to talk about breast cancer.

"It's great for women to see support around a women's professional league," McCants said.

The Centers for Disease Control reports cases of breast cancer are on the decline, but it still affects one in every eight women and the risk doubles for women who have a relative who has been diagnosed.

McCants is well aware she's at risk because of her family history, but she's not shy about self exams and taking preventative steps.

"I definitely take the precautionary measures, getting my breast exams every year," said McCants.

McCants hopes her story inspires others and motivates women to do whatever's necessary to notice the symptoms before it's too late.

"I want them to know that it's there," McCants said. "A lot of women are unaware of the ways you need to check your breasts and the exams you need to take and the precautions you need to take."

According to the BOK Center website, the first 2,000 fans will receive a pink rally towel. Fans will also be able to bid on the team's warm-up shirts in a silent auction during the game. The proceeds will go to several area charities.

"Breast Cancer Awareness" with the Tulsa Shock is Friday night at 7 p.m. at the BOK Center in Downtown Tulsa. Doors open at 6 p.m.