NBA/WNBA Breast Health Auction Running Through December 9

NEW YORK, NOV. 21, 2005 - Continuing an effort that has raised over $2 million for breast health awareness, the NBA and WNBA have opened the annual Breast Health Auction on, with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Komen Foundation is one of the nation's largest private funding sources for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. The NBA/WNBA Breast Health Auction will launch on Nov. 21 and run through Dec. 9.

The auction features a variety of unique and desirable NBA and WNBA items including:

  • Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade autographed NBA basketball
  • LeBron James autographed authentic Cleveland Cavaliers jersey
  • Melissa Etheridge autographed Celebrity by Ovation Roundback guitar
  • Justin Timberlake autographed NBA basketball
  • Philadephia 76ers Be a Ball Kid experience and tickets to the game

    Bid on a signed Dwayne Wade ball starting today.
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    Fans are encouraged to check in daily as new items will be added regularly.

    "Through this auction, the NBA, WNBA and its players are bringing attention to this important cause, raising funds that are needed for research and education efforts and proving once again that there are so many ways to show they care," said Kathy Behrens Senior Vice President NBA Community and Player Programs.

    NBA Cares are the leagues' global community outreach initiative that addresses important social issues with an emphasis on programs that support education, youth and family development and health-related causes. Over the next five years, the NBA, WNBA, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to communities around the world, and build more than 100 places where kids can learn and play.

    About the Komen Foundation
    The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the CureŽ to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer. For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation's Web site at or call the Foundation's National Toll Free Breast Care Helpline at 1-800 I'M AWAREŽ (1-800-462-9273).