It takes a team to fight cancer. Nowhere is that better demonstrated than Roosters Bar in West Palm Beach. For the third year in a row, Team Roosters is slated to be the top fundraiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in West Palm Beach.
The event takes place on Oct. 17 at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach at 9 a.m. This year 218 teams are participating. For the third consecutive year, Team Roosters is expected to raise the highest amount of money. Last year’s team raised nearly $10,000. This year, they have surpassed that amount and expect to raise about $16,000.
This year’s team is made up of 16 people (last year it had about 20), but clearly size is not an issue. Team Captain Theo Smith raised about $600 last year. This year, he’s raised about $3,000 and is the top fundraiser overall for the event. Team members praise Smith for inspiring them.
“Theo is the reason we do what we do,” said Roosters manager David Hazen.
Team Roosters raised thousands of dollars by holding a car wash and a fundraiser at the bar last Saturday. There were raffles, liquor baskets and much more. All of the money raised went to Making Strides.
While a good time was had by all, it’s important to remember that fighting cancer is serious business. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S., other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 37. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is the leader in helping to finish the fight against breast cancer. According to its website, ACS helps save more than 490 lives a day that would have otherwise been lost to cancer.
Donations can still be made to Team Roosters by going to MakingStrides.acsevents.org.
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