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Edith Sanford and the Minnesota Lynx Go Pink for Breast Cancer


(Sioux Falls, SD) – The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and the Minnesota Lynx have partnered for the eighth annual Breast Health Awareness game on Saturday, August 24 as the Lynx face off with the Indiana Fever (6 pm tip) in a rematch of last season’s WNBA Finals. The Lynx will be wearing commemorative pink uniforms and auctioning them off to fans after the game. Additionally, Saturday’s game will be a “pink out,” with all fans in attendance receiving a free pink t-shirt produced by The Vanity Project.

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Lynx and grateful for their ongoing support the Foundation’s truly game-changing goal – to end breast cancer through groundbreaking genomic research,” said Kimberly Simpson, president of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. “This is our second year working together on the Breast Health Awareness game, and we look forward to seeing a sea of pink in the arena on Saturday!”

Following the game, the entire team will head back out to the court to autograph and auction the game-worn jerseys off their backs and pose for a picture with the auction winners. All proceeds from the night will benefit the Lynx Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and support programs throughout the state of Minnesota.

The Breast Health Awareness Week will continue on Thursday, August 29 when Edith Sanford and the Lynx host the fifth annual Catwalk for a Cure. Held from 5 to 8 pm at the Mall of America Rotunda, the Lynx will trade in their high tops for high heels and strut their stuff in a fashion show. The event begins at 5 pm at Sky Deck Sports Grille and Lanes, where attendees will receive free dinner and free bowling, with special appearances by Lynx players. A silent auction, featuring sports memorabilia and unique experiences from around the Twin Cities, will also be held during dinner at Sky Deck Sports Grille and Lanes until 6:30 pm. The fashion show, which will feature the entire Lynx roster and coaching staff, will start in the Mall of America Rotunda at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Lynx Foundation.

Saturday’s game against the Indiana Fever marks the beginning of Minnesota’s Breast Health Awareness Week as part of WNBA’s BHA platform. For 15 years, the program has focused on generating awareness and educating women about breast cancer, in addition to raising funds for the initiative. The WNBA, its teams and players are supporting the effort to fight breast cancer during WNBA Breast Health Awareness Week, August 18-24, and have raised more than $2 million to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s game, and the rest of the team’s remaining home schedule, and can be purchased by calling the Lynx at 612.673.8400 or by visiting lynxbasketball.com. Fans interested in attending or looking for more information on the fifth annual Catwalk for a Cure can contact Amanda Collins, Lynx CR manager, at 612.673.1681 or collins@lynxbasketball.com.

 

About the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation
The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation is pioneering a bold new comprehensive approach to breast cancer, with a mission to unlock each woman’s genetic code, advance today’s prevention and treatment, and end breast cancer for future generations. Edith Sanford Breast Cancer is pursuing cutting-edge translational genomic research to identify specific treatments that will work best for each person, prevent the disease on an individual basis, and ultimately eradicate breast cancer.

The launch of this movement began with a gift from Denny Sanford, who tragically lost his mother, Edith, to breast cancer when he was just four years old. For more information about the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, visit edithsanford.org or call 1.855.GO.EDITH (463.3484).

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is the patient care and research partner of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, and the largest rural, nonprofit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities, in eight states. In addition, this dynamic integrated health system is now developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel and Mexico. Sanford Health has been in service for more than 100 years and includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota.