SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Kings dedicated Wednesday night’s game against Grizzlies to breast health.
Breast cancer claims more than 41,000 lives per year in the United States according to Centers for Disease Control.
The King, who collaborated with the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, collected donations to fight the disease and recognized survivors and their families at Wednesday’s game. Messages were sent to fans on prevention, treatment and hope.
The king organization has been moved by breast cancer in many ways.
Trainer and former player Bobby Jackson lost his mother to the disease in 2004. Superfan Barbara Rust, also known as the “Sign Lady”, is a survivor.
Kings Guard The Aaron Fox’s mother is also a survivor. He auctioned a pair of matched shoes on Wednesday and donates $ 1
00 per personal assistance completed at home games this season to Albie Aware.
Funds raised Wednesday and throughout the season will help provide free mammograms for Sacramento women, according to a King’s press release.
The Kings also donated 300 tickets to Wednesday’s game for a Think Pink Granite Bay Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser last Sunday.
“We took a lot of people here to support breast cancer,” said Kim Nash of Think Pink Granite Bay. “It was a wonderful donation, a wonderful event. We’ve actually raised over $ 60,000 on our event last weekend and thanks to the king it was a great success. And many people are here to support breast cancer on behalf of it.”  Sacramento City and Metro Fire Department also supported Kings Breast Health Awareness Night and parked their pink cancer awareness cars outside the arena before the match.
“As fans enter the Kings game tonight we give them some stickers, we talk to them about why it’s important and really try to get awareness of the problem everyone needs to get out there,” says Metro Fire Capt. Chris Vestal . “Everybody needs to know that there are things they can do. And quite frankly, if you discover early, you can actually treat breast cancer and other cancers quite successfully. “
October is breast cancer awareness month.
FOX40 spoke with Rosalind Baker outside the arena. Baker was the center of dinner, not the game but was dressed in pink shirt and tie to recognize the significance of the moon and honor her relatives lost to the disease.
“I think it’s important that women understand that it does not. No matter what age, what your nationality is it affects us all, says Baker. “And it’s very important to get your mammogram every year.”