MTSU soccer player Emily Jorgenson\\\'s grandmother, Genean Jorgenson, is a breast cancer survivor. (Photo courtesy of MTSU Athletics)
Various sports teams around the nation wore pink this month in honor of breast cancer awareness.
The MTSU women’s soccer team decided to honor those affected by the disease during the Sunday home match against Louisiana Tech. The result, a 1-0 loss, was not what the Lady Raiders wanted, but they still hope to get the word out about the disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, “Breast Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide.”
Before the match, the MTSU players and coaches wore pink T-shirts, and both teams released 34 pink balloons in the air for each member of their family or friends who have been touched by it.
“Its means something a little different to each of us,” Lady Raider sophomore defender Emily Jorgenson said. “Everyone knows someone who has suffered or survived breast cancer. It means a lot to all of us to come out here and wear our pink and play for them.”
For Jorgenson, it was her grandmother, Genean Jorgenson, who had cancer. According to Emily she is a survivor.
“She has been able to come and see me play, which makes it even better,” Jorgenson said.
In total, 13 members of the Lady Raider family who had breast cancer were recognized before the match.
According to 2012 stats from the ACS, a case of breast cancer is diagnosed among women every two minutes, and a woman dies of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States.
Recently, freshman forward Rachel Figg had a friend whose mother died from it.
“It was one of my closest friends whose mom died from it,” Figg said after the match. “She is still in high school, so it is still tough for her. I’m trying to be there for her.”
The person was California native Silvia Cervantes, and Figg honors her memory by writing her name on her wrist.
“I try to play for her,” Figg said.
Both the MTSU players and coaches hope events like this one will get the word out about the disease.
“I am sure people look up to us, so I am sure it will open people’s eyes on how important it is and show support for it,” Figg said.
MTSU head coach Aston Rhoden added: “I hope it brings a little more light on how serious a problem it is, and how supporters are willing to fight it. I do think it is such a big part of our society, and it has affected so many families. As a women’s team, you are going to have people who have been affected by it. So I think events like these are going to bring awareness and help them become part of the fight as well.”
The Lady Raiders travel to Old Dominion Friday for a 6 p.m. kickoff The MTSU volleyball team will host Louisville on Tuesday for its Think Pink game.