LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The color of the evening at Duva Field on Saturday, Oct. 14 was pink, as seasonal football games brought out local officials, athletes and attendees to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
Mayor James Damiano, Councilwoman Maria Martini Cordonnier, Councilman Chris Vancheri and Council President Anthony Sgobba handed out pink ribbons and offered pink hair extensions during the "A" squad Hornets football game against Glen Rock.
Organized by Cordonnier, with support from the Little Falls Football Parents Association, proceeds raised will be donated to breastcancer.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer and breast health. This was the first year the council was involved with a breast cancer awareness event.
"Tonight we all 'Joined the Fight' at the Little Falls football games," said Damiano. "Good luck to the Junior Hornets."
Cordonnier said that the goal of the event was to spread the awareness and push for more research and preventative measures.
"Cupcakes were given out for a donation, as well as pink ribbons, and football players wore pink socks and the cheerleaders had pink pom-poms," she noted. "What was most important to me about doing this breast cancer awareness event during the Little Falls football games, was we were reaching young girls and boys. Starting their awareness of breast cancer at an early age may enable us to have generation who can claim victory over this decease. Knowledge and awareness is power."
Damiano issued a proclamation for October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Sept. 25 Township Council meeting. During the meeting, he noted that breast cancer was the second most diagnosed cancer for women in the U.S., including the second most common cause of cancer death in women. He also stressed early awareness and treatment is key for significantly reducing the deaths caused by breast cancer.
“As a township, it is important to raise awareness as we all know someone that has been touched by this disease,” said Vancheri. “Saturday night we had a chance to interact with residents and hear firsthand their connection to breast cancer. I applaud my colleague, Councilwoman Cordonnier, for bringing this event to life."
Researchers, scientists and numerous non-profit organizations are dedicated to discovering the cure for breast cancer, Damiano added.
"During the month of October, we acknowledge the extraordinary commitment invested in this cause," he said.