Fever Players Share Special Day With Cancer Patients

Despite cancer patients having to go through tough times, there was plenty of laughter on Monday afternoon at the Community Regional Cancer Center.

Six Indiana Fever players visited with survivors and outpatients fighting breast cancer in conjunction with WNBA Breast Health Awareness Week.

Katie Douglas, who lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 20, opened the event with some remarks about breast health awareness being special to the WNBA and the Fever as it is a woman’s cause and one that everyone can come together to support.

“It’s a very important initiative for the WNBA and for all women,” said Douglas, who also lost her father to cancer. “As athletes we can use the WNBA and the Indiana Fever as a platform to help gain awareness and spread education about early detection of breast cancer, to hopefully raise enough money for cancer research to find a cure for this disease.”

Douglas was joined by Fever teammates Joy Cheek, Ebony Hoffman, Shavonte Zellous, Jessica Moore and Jené Morris.

The players met with the patients, handed out gifts and took a tour of the facility.

Community Health Network has partnered with the Fever to present Breast Health Awareness Night on Aug. 6 (7:00 p.m.) when Indiana hosts the Washington Mystics. There will be a live auction after the game to raise money for the breast health programs at CHN.

Hoffman has had some close friends diagnosed with cancer recently and said the event was an eye-opening experience.

“These people have been given a really bad shake in life right now,” she said. “One lady we met today was so joyful to even still have her life, even though she has to have continuous weekly treatments for the rest of her life. That’s what its all about, being in the moment and being joyful that you have what you have, she taught us a lot today.”