October has begun! And while we are all enjoying pumpkin flavored everything, another great thing that happens this month is the explosion of pink things and Breast Cancer Awareness. An annual campaign starts every year on October 1 to not only help create awareness of this disease, but also work on finding cures and raising money to do so.
In a sport like tennis that is dominated by strong women at every level, this cause hits home for tennis players all over the world. There is a good chance you know someone who has fought a battle or had a scare with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Behind skin cancer, it effects the highest number of women. However, since 1989, the death rates from breast cancer have been declining as a result of better treatment and earlier detection through screening and increased awareness. Right now, according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
While you won’t normally catch me rocking pink apparel, I definitely will always make an exception for Breast Cancer Awareness month this October. And I hate to admit it, I have to face the facts that it is no longer summer and the warm weather is long gone. Therefore, I picked one of my favorite sweatshirts that has come out all year, the Under Armour Power in Pink Fighter Hoodie. In fact, TW Playtester Michelle loves it so much she is now a proud owner of the sweatshirt. There are so many things I love about this hoodie. The first is how soft and comfortable it is. I honestly would never take it off. I also love the heather grey color combined with the pop of pink on the hood. Lastly, I love the inspirational message of “She’s a fighter” going down the right sleeve as well as the pink ribbon on the hood.
When Michelle kicked off our Breast Cancer Awareness series, she said there’s a good chance you know someone who has fought breast cancer. In my case, it’s a college friend. Though not a tennis player, she leads an active, outdoor lifestyle. She is in her 30s. I knew that breast cancer didn’t just wait until you hit XX age, but I didn’t know. She fought and is a survivor. Her spirit is so inspiring.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we have chosen some of our favorite times from our Shop Pink page, which features apparel and gear that supports the cause by donating some proceeds to cancer research. Michelle posted her look last week, but now it’s my turn.
For my look, I went with pieces that work for on- and off-court training. First I chose the New Balance Hope Courage Love Tee. I love a good tech tee, and I love ombre. The message is inspirational. Awesome! Plus, New Balance has been a Susan G. Komen Foundation partner for 25 years and will donate a minimum of $500,000 this year to the cause. I love to mix-and-match, and our weather promises to cool off soon (got our first rain of the season finally!) so I went with the adidas Pink Ribbon Tight on the bottom. This three-quarter tight is great for cool days on court, and I can easily wear it for running or gym workouts. adidas donates 10% of profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
We all chose the Prince T22 in pink and white because this specific color is to raise awareness. Prince teamed up with Bright Pink and will donate some profits to this nonprofit group. When it comes to performance, the T22 is among the best out there. It’s a great fit for my wider foot and offers loads of comfort and durability. It’s pretty much has everything a girl could want!
Stay tuned for the other TW Stylists to chime in with their Shop Pink outfits.