Mercury Proudly Host
Breast Health Awareness Night

By LaToya Cunningham
Posted: August 14, 2003

The Phoenix Mercury held its sixth annual Breast Health Awareness Night at America West Arena when they hosted the Detroit Shock Wednesday night. The league-wide event honors breast cancer survivors and is designed to educate women on the issues associated with good breast health.

“I’m proud that the WNBA supports breast cancer awareness,” said Mercury forward Adrian Williams. “We have a lot of women at our games and I think that it’s important to let them know that they should take care of themselves and do their monthly checkups.”

Mercury players presented pink-and-white basketballs to breast cancer survivors and wore Breast Health Awareness T-shirts on the bench. Mercury fans also supported the cause by wearing pink ribbons.

The night’s activities also included several presentations. Early in the game, breast cancer survivors were escorted to the “Most Envied Seats in the House,” on the bench right next to the players.

Later, a group of breast cancer survivors gathered at center court while Mercury season ticket holder Carla Sulka addressed fans about breast cancer awareness. Afterwards, the crowd gave an ovation to honor the survivors in attendance.

“It was awesome,” said Mercury fan Michelle Cross. “It was a great experience and I think everybody had a good time. It was a good opportunity to bring to light breast cancer awareness.”

A free mammogram was awarded to a Mercury fan and the “Shoot for the Loot” participant was a breast cancer survivor as well.

Christine Lessard was presented with the Banner of Hope Award by Mercury forward Kayte Christensen at halftime. Lessard, a breast cancer survivor, organized an event that raised $16,000 for underinsured breast cancer patients.

“I just think it’s a wonderful thing that they’re doing,” said fan Sherry Urias. “I lost a very dear friend not even a year ago. The more we’re aware about it, the more we can do about it.”