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Giant ‘get well’ card inspires breast cancer patients

Sacramento Republic FC fans sign card to encourage patients going through breast cancer treatment at cancer center

(SACRAMENTO)

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a giant “get well” card for breast cancer patients undergoing treatment was delivered to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The card, signed by Sacramento Republic FC fans at the Oct. 2 Breast Health Awareness Night, is 10 feet tall and filled with inspirational messages such as:

Kristin Mensonides (left) and Richard Bold (right) next to giant card for breast cancer patients signed by Sacramento Republic FC fans.

“Stay strong and believe you are a mighty warrior!”

“Sac Republic loves you.”

“Girl Power”

“You Got This!”

“Lost too many. Let’s find the cure.”

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Physician-in-Chief Richard Bold and Executive Director of Oncology Services Kristin Mensonides accepted the wooden card on Oct. 27. The oversized card is adorned with a big pink ribbon—the universal symbol of hope in the fight against breast cancer.

The card is now proudly displayed in the lobby of the cancer center’s north building, in view of patients as they enter the lobby and take the elevator to the infusion room to receive chemotherapy.

We thank Sacramento Republic FC and its fans for not only motivating our patients, but also raising awareness about breast cancer this month.Richard Bold, cancer center physician-in-chief

“We positioned this huge gesture of support for our cancer patients so that they can’t miss seeing the caring words inscribed on the beautiful card,” said Bold. “We thank Sacramento Republic FC and its fans for not only motivating our patients, but also raising awareness about breast cancer this month.”

During Breast Health Awareness Night on Oct. 2, pink nets and corner flags decorated the soccer field during Sacramento Republic FC’s game against the Tacoma Defiance. As fans came into Heart Health Park, they were asked to sign the giant breast cancer card. The first 2,000 fans to arrive received pink rally towels provided by season sponsor UC Davis Health.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 100,000 adults and children every year and access to more than 200 active clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 240 scientists at UC Davis who work collaboratively to advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Patients have access to leading-edge care, including immunotherapy and other targeted treatments. Its Office of Community Outreach and Engagement addresses disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations, and the cancer center provides comprehensive education and workforce development programs for the next generation of clinicians and scientists. For more information, visit cancer.ucdavis.edu.

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