Pampered and Pink At Redskins Park

Breast cancer survivors treated to a fun day of pampering, with a purpose, to headline October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Twenty breast cancer survivors were selected by various local branches of the American Cancer Society for a day of fun, food, and fashion at Redskins Park this past Tuesday.

The ladies received gift bags filled with pink team jerseys, a football, free tickets to Sunday’s Skins vs. Tampa Bay game, a tour of the Redskins Ashburn facility, and a makeup demonstration complete with numerous makeup items courtesy of the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better campaign.

Tracy Wilkins-Clark, a certified instructor of non-surgical hair replacement, was on hand to help the ladies chose a wig of their choice. Patients who opt for chemotherapy to treat breast cancer often lose their hair. The wigs are made from 100% human hair and add a new look to the ladies who chose to wear them.

Gap Apparel donated 20 pairs of their 1969 line of jeans to each of the ladies. The 1069 line is the newest line in the Gap collection.

The ladies were then treated to a luncheon with Redskin players Chris Cooley (and wife Christy), Derrick Dockery, and wife Emma.

On the menu: Spring salad, asparagus, Orzo, stuffed tomatoes with spinach, baked chicken, and Strawberry Blitz punch.

Breast cancer affects every 1 in 8 American women.

Chris Cooley’s mother, Nancy, was diagnosed with the disease last year. Teammate Derrick Dockery’s mother, Sheila, is a cancer survivor. Dockery’s wife, Emma, lost her mother to the disease, and Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, was recently diagnosed with the disease a year ago. She offers these words of advice.

“Get tested early, as early detection saves lives.”

[Photo: Derrick Dockery, Emma Dockery, Christy Cooley, Chris Cooley]

After noticing a lump in her own breast after a self examination, Snyder was quite vigilant with doctors who misdiagnosed her findings.

Synder, who recently became the national spokesperson for breast cancer awareness, tells us that she has had a complete lifestyle change. “I eat right, and exercise. I’m real big on nutrition these days. I limit my sugar intake because I know that sugar feeds cancer cells.”

Snyder, 47, who was treated at the Mayo Clinic, says whenever she has an urge for a sugary treat, she opts for grilled blueberries and apples for a sweet and tasty treat.

“The sugar is natural, and the fruit is delicious”, shared Snyder.

The Redskins will offer free mammograms before the start of Sunday’s Redskins vs Tampa Bay game tomorrow.

Players plan to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month to include wearing pink cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, helmet decals, captains’ patches, sideline towels and quarterback towels.

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