Seahawks Dancers shared their experiences with cancer as they represented themselves and loved ones for the Crucial Catch Week 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field.
Caroline - Yellow (Squad 3)
I was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Cancer at age nine. It's important to me to bring awareness about this cancer and early detection. I feel grateful to have successfully fought the battle with cancer and do the sport I love today on a professional level. I definitely don't take my good fortune for granted and I have regularly scheduled screenings with my dermatologist to keep myself checked and know what to look for. I am proud to be a part of an organization that supports cancer awareness with their platform!
Geena - Purple (Squad 3)
In November 2020 I lost someone very close to me to esophageal cancer, the end of a 20-year fight with multiple types of cancer. Since their passing, I have been challenging myself to live life to the fullest every day, never leaving a stone unturned. Spend more time with family, tell the ones I love how much I love them, and to "make" time. Sometimes we think there's "no time" or we are "too busy" but in those moments where we "make" the time are where some of the most special memories come from.
Brianna - Purple/lavender (Squad 2)
"A few years ago, a very important person in my life was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Cancer, which affected her nasal area and neck. It was a really tough time for her and my family. But I'm very grateful to say she just celebrated being cancer free for three years! She is one of the strongest people I know."
Katrina - Navy (Squad 1) Navy
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 10 years old. This puts me at higher risk for developing colon cancer than the general population. It is an honor to represent Colon Cancer with our dark blue poms to help raise awareness and normalize talking about GI disorders in hopes others are more inclined to share their symptoms and get screened!
Ashli H. - Purple/lavender (Squad 1)
My Grandma Rosemary has been living with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) for 9 years.
Nine years ago she went in to her GP for a blood draw and they noticed an abnormality with her sample. They sent her to Oncology and that's when they were able to catch the cancer. Although it has been a long journey with may ups and downs, she is now able to manage it and says she sometimes forgets she even has it!
Julia - Teal (Squad 4)
When I was in preschool, my mom was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I was so young I didn't realize all of the procedures and invasive surgery's she had to go through. She truly is a star.
After a yearly check up, the doctors informed my mom that they had found cancer in her ovaries. I'm the youngest of three, and after the doctors phone call, my parents were told they could no longer have more children. My mom was in the hospital for about 2 months and had her ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus removed. Thankfully they didn't find cancer in her lymph nodes - therefore there was no chemotherapy involved.
Leading up to my preschool graduation my mom was finally told she was cancer free! She regained her strength by walking in short spurts around the neighborhood with me!
Before Cancer, my mom was a stay at home and essentially did everything for us! Drove me to dance practice, made dinner, helped my brothers with homework; our house was on a strict routine. The Cancer did not prevent my mom from still being our mom. Before her surgeries, she wrote detailed instructions for each child. She was so organized, she was so determined to make it out of each surgery!
We are so thankful that she made it out safely and beat cancer. She definitely has scratches and permanent scars - however this only shows her strength!
Molli - White
"About a year ago my Papa lost his fight with lung cancer. By the time the doctors caught it, it was sadly already pretty advanced. We miss him so much and appreciate Crucial Catch's mission to support the prevention and early detection of cancers like this, nationwide."
Check out photos of the Seahawks Dancers during the Seahawks Crucial Catch game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field.