Fever and Bright Pink Educate Indy on Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risks and Prevention

By Tessa Garner | August 6, 2014

The Indiana Fever and Bright Pink hosted the “Fever Bright Pink Plaza Party” on Wednesday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Attendees experienced A Brighten Up™ Educational Workshop put on by Bright Pink educational ambassador, Brie Lockwood. During the Brighten Up™ Educational Workshop guests learned different techniques to detect breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Guests were also educated on healthy habits they should incorporate into their lifestyle to keep themselves on a clear path.

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“Prevention is our biggest goal at Bright Pink,” Lockwood said. “Spreading awareness about prevention and early detection is the mission of Bright Pink.”

Some of these healthy habits include: cutting back on cocktails, not smoking, limiting your fat intake, maintaining a healthy body weight, and making exercise a part of your daily routine. After learning about these healthy habits, one Fever fan had the chance to be interviewed on Bri-TV and mentioned:

“Before this workshop I did not realize that drinking alcohol and smoking had been linked to breast cancer. More people need to realize that everything we put into our body is affecting it in some type of way.”

After the workshop attendees enjoyed pink popcorn and pink lemonade on the plaza while learning more from organizations with information tables such as Bright Pink, Survive OARS, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Aflac. Members of the Pacemates were also on hand yesterday to show guests simple exercises to do daily as well as exercises a breast cancer survivor should do while in remission. These exercises, although simple, are key factors in maintaining a healthy body weight and keeping the mind and body healthy.

To add to the excitement, Indiana Fever players Karima Christmas, Layshia Clarendon, Briann January, and Krystal Thomas along with head coach Lin Dunn joined in the fun at the Fever Bright Pink Plaza Party, signing autographs, and taking pictures with the fans. January even stepped behind the camera to shoot the latest episode of her web video series, Bri-TV. Breast Health Awareness Week holds a special place in many of our players’ hearts and guests were also able to hear testimonials from the players about how breast cancer has impacted their lives. Both Thomas’ and Christmas’ moms have battled breast cancer, each with different outcomes. You can read Thomas’ story and find a link to each of their blogs by clicking here.

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Christmas and the players all thanked everyone numerous times for showing their support for breast health awareness and emphasized how important and meaningful it is for people to come together about causes like this.

“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was a freshman in high school,” Christmas shared. “At that age, something like that happening to my mom never crossed my mind. She is the strongest person I know, my biggest supporter, and my hero.”

Thomas also attested that her mother is one of the strongest people that she knows. Thomas’ mother’s battle with breast cancer taught her that she must fight and persevere through all obstacles.

“She instilled in me that giving up was not an option,” Thomas said.

The party wrapped up with the releasing of pink balloons into the downtown sky. Throughout the event guests wrote names of people they know who have battled breast cancer. All the guests held on to their balloons and released them simultaneously in tribute to their friends and family affected by breast cancer. The sky was filled with bright pink balloons, an awesome way to end the Fever Bright Pink Plaza Party.

Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals. At Bright Pink, they believe that knowledge is power, that information is beneficial, not burdensome. The more you know about breast and ovarian cancer, the better equipped you are to live proactively.

BREAST HEALTH AWARENESS NIGHT: Information and Tickets »

The Fever Annual Breast Health Awareness Night presented by Community Health Network (CHN) will take place Friday, Aug. 8 at 7pm with a live auction to follow the game. Players will be auctioning off their game worn pink jerseys along with other items and fun experiences. Proceeds from the auction, which have surpassed $130,000 over the past three years, benefit the CHN Foundation’s Breast Health Fund. Tickets are available at feverbasketball.com.