Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer

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'Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer' is a campaign to support all cancers.

'Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer' is a campaign to support all cancers.

'Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer' is a campaign to support all cancers.

Preston Pagel, Managing Editor

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The NFL and American Cancer Society (ACS) are broadening their effort this season to end cancer of all sorts with their new campaign, “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer.” After supporting breast cancer for nearly a decade, they are expanding their campaign to support all forms of cancer.

Each NFL team selected a different cancer to support and focus on during the month of October, raising awareness for cancers that are normally forgotten.

The Green Bay Packers endorsed all cancers during halftime of their game vs. the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 22, and presented a check of several thousand dollars to survivors of all types of cancer.

The Crucial Catch campaign is currently in its eighth year and has raised more than $15 million for the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Andrew Natzke, math teacher at D.C. Everest Senior High School, spoke about why he thought the NFL expanded the campaign to all forms of cancer.

“I think they may have been getting pushback for excluding other cancer research foundations since there are many other cancers other than breast cancer,” Mr. Natzke said.

Mr. Natzke thinks that the NFL was wise by broadening the campaign to more than just breast cancer.

“I feel like there are many forms of cancer that should get their respective publicity, as well.”

The Packers have their own respective foundation to fight cancer. The Lombardi Cancer Foundation, which was made in honor of Vince Lombardi, who died of cancer himself. The foundation has raised over $19 million since 1970.

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