Fans have the chance to bid for game-worn Storm jerseys and other Pacific Northwest sports team memorabilia
SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm, in partnership with the Swedish Cancer Institute, will host its annual Breast Health Awareness night on August 18 vs. the Minnesota Lynx. The game will feature Storm players in limited edition jerseys, an auction of marquee items, and a special appearance by 2018 WNBA MVP and Finals MVP Breanna Stewart and ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe.
Last year, the team unveiled its ‘Why We Wear Pink’ campaign that focused on 12 women, doctors and current and former Swedish Cancer Institute patients who have been deeply impacted by breast cancer. This year, during the game, the Storm will revisit with one of these inspirational women to check in on her journey and encourage her in her fight against cancer.
For the Storm, this night hits a little closer to home than ever before as head coach Dan Hughes underwent surgery at Swedish to remove a carcinoid tumor in his digestive tract during the Storm’s training camp. Hughes made a full recovery and returned to the bench on June 21 after missing the team’s first nine games.
“I am truly grateful for the entire team of doctors, nurses and advisors at Swedish who assisted me at every step in this process,” said Hughes. “Their guidance and support was felt by my entire family.”
In an effort to raise $25,000 for the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Patient Assistance Fund, the Storm will host an online auction, 50/50 raffle and promotional ticket offer. The online auction features marquee items such as framed Storm team photos and posters from the last two decades and other WNBA collectibles. Jerseys, equipment and experiences from local sports teams and Pacific Northwest destinations are also available.
The Storm will donate $10 of every ticket purchased from this promotional link from now until Aug. 18 at 12 p.m. PT. At the game, fans can make a cash or credit card donation of any amount by visiting the Storm Team Shop on the concourse. Additionally, the Swedish Cancer Institute will sell tickets for the 50/50 raffle, splitting the proceeds with one lucky winner.
The online auction is now live and will remain open until Sunday, Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Click here to view and bid on auction items.
In addition to fundraising, fans can show their support by wearing pink to the game. Posters will be available on the concourse and outside the arena for fans to write the name of a loved one impacted by cancer.
ABOUT SWEDISH CANCER INSTITUTE
The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) is the premier cancer care and clinical research center in the region and is one of the oldest cancer centers in the United States, providing innovative, high quality care for patients since 1932. The True Family Women’s Cancer Center, located within SCI, opened in 2012 co-locating care for women with breast and other cancers. Today, the True Center primarily serves women with a range of breast related diagnoses from benign breast disease to high risk breast cancer patients, as well as survivors. Over 1,500 new patients with breast cancer are seen within SCI on an annual basis and we are proud of our exceptional patient satisfaction scores. While in our care, patients are provided access to the full range of assessment and treatment, including a high risk clinic, onco-plastic surgery, specialized reconstructive surgery, breast and general medical oncology, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, hormone and targeted therapies, and innovative clinical trials. SCI believes in a holistic approach to care and provides patients with a full range of supportive care services. We are truly committed to providing a personalized approach to patients and their families, and have a strong system of care coordination to make the health care pathway as seamless as possible. SCI programs and services are located at our four campuses in the Seattle area – Ballard, Edmonds, First Hill and Issaquah. For more information visit, www.swedish.org/services/cancer-institute
ABOUT THE SEATTLE STORM
The Seattle Storm is a three-time WNBA championship team committed to bringing a premium professional basketball and entertainment experience to a fan base rich in tradition and support. The organization places high value on community and building platforms to positively impact the overall entertainment, attraction and economy of the Puget Sound region. In addition, the Storm is dedicated to local youth development in the areas of fitness and wellness, with a special emphasis on inspiring leadership, motivation and the empowerment of girls and women. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit StormBasketball.com.
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