Sparks To Host Breast Health Awareness Night

Los Angeles Sparks Host Breast Health Awareness Night on Tuesday, August 13 at STAPLES Center
- Night to benefit City of Hope, John Wayne Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society -

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Los Angeles Sparks annual Breast Health Awareness Night returns to STAPLES Center on Tuesday, August 13 for a night to generate awareness and educate fans about breast health.

The Sparks will host the Chicago Sky at 7:30 pm, but the focus of the night will be on raising funds and awareness in support of City of Hope, the John Wayne Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, leading cancer research associations and treatment facilities in Los Angeles.

“The Sparks are honored to partner with City of Hope, John Wayne Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society in bringing awareness to our community about breast cancer prevention,” said Sparks President of Business Operations Vinnie Malcolm. “The night is dedicated to education and prevention, and together with our community partners, we know Sparks fans will feel empowered to support women’s health issues and encourage the women in their lives to be active with their overall health.”

In celebration of Breast Health Awareness Night, the Sparks will donate proceeds from select game tickets to the American Cancer Society and John Wayne Cancer Institute. Fans who purchase the $20 or $30 Breast Health Awareness tickets will be invited to a special postgame autograph session with select Sparks players.

During the game, breast cancer survivors will be honored for their incredible courage and strength in beating cancer with in-game tributes and recognition, and all survivors are invited to attend for free.

The Sparks are proud to partner with City of Hope to host breast cancer survivors and medical staff at the game. Fans can join in the support by bidding on unique items including WNBA and Sparks memorabilia at the in-arena silent auction tables stationed on the concourse between sections 101 and 119. All proceeds from the in-arena silent auction will benefit City of Hope. Sparks fans are also encouraged to support lifesaving discoveries and cures by visiting the Sparks photo booth and making a Citizen of Hope badge or by texting “GIVEHOPE SPARKS” to 27722 to make a $10 donation to City of Hope.

“The Sparks organization and City of Hope share the common goal of empowering women to lead healthy lives,” said Joanne Mortimer, M.D., director of the Women’s Cancers Program at City of Hope. “Breast Health Awareness night is an important opportunity to educate the public about breast cancer prevention and risk factors, while encouraging women to take control of their health.”

“1 in 8 Women develop breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s why the breast team at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center is proud to be joining the Los Angeles Sparks to remind women that early detection saves lives,” said Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, Director of the Margie Petersen Breast Center at Saint John’s Health Center.

According to Dr. Regina Smith, Chair of the Baldwin Hills Relay for Life, American Cancer Society estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the US during 2013.

Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. Approximately 40,030 women are expected to die from breast cancer in 2013. Breast cancer ranks second as a cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). (American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts & Figures publication 2012-2013)

Breast Health Awareness night is part of WNBA Cares league wide initiative to help raise awareness and funds to inspire others in the fight against breast cancer.

To purchase Breast Cancer Awareness tickets, and for breast cancer survivors to signup for their complementary ticket to the game, visit LASparks.com. For single game tickets or groups of 10 or more, contact 877-44-SPARKS or find more information online at LASparks.com.

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