As Crucial Catch month is coming to an end, on October 22, Seahawks hosted their Crucial Catch game in partnership with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health featuring on-field and in-stadium activations. The annual campaign encourages scheduling regular health care screenings for breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate and skin cancer.
Here is a snapshot of everything the Seahawks have done throughout the month.
Leading up to gameday, Seahawks hosted Virginia Mason Franciscan Health patients and physicians at practice honoring the guests for their fight against cancer
Two of those patients being Richard Jenkins and Kathy Jenkins. Kathy is a breast cancer survivor and Richard is a lung cancer survivor through the help of his care team at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.
In August 2022, Richard had a visit with his primary physician who encouraged a CT lung cancer screening. That screening discovered a spot on his lung that helped him intercept cancer.
A few months later, on October 20, 2022, Richard had a right upper lobe lobectomy to remove the cancer.
This year during the Crucial Catch game, Richard celebrated one year of being cancer free by ringing the Crucial Catch bell on-field along with his wife Kathy and supported by his Virginia Mason Franciscan Health pulmonologist, Dr. Luke Seaburg.
Richard said he appreciates everyone at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, "I am so very thankful for my excellent doctors at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and the lifesaving early screening."
During pregame at the Cardinals game, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health set-up their mobile CT Lung Cancer Screening Trailer in Ticketmaster Tailgate to facilitate a lung cancer screening on-site with a Seahawks fan. To continue efforts in early detection Fans can find out if they qualify for a lung cancer screening at vmfh.org/lungscreening and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will continue to schedule lung screenings at next year's Crucial Catch game.
Following the Seahawks 20-10 win, Seahawks defensive end Mike Morris and Blitz delivered the Crucial Catch game ball to St. Anne Hospital in Burien to a Virginia Mason Franciscan Health patient and super fan.
Earlier this month, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and the Seahawks Women's Association visited Jubilee Women's Center to educate the group on lifestyle wellness and breast cancer screenings and helped sign attendees up for a free mammogram clinic with transportation provided.
As a part of Crucial Catch month, Seahawks and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health visited Jubilee Women's Center to educate the group on lifestyle wellness and breast cancer screenings and helped sign attendees up for a free mammogram clinic with transportation provided.
Dr. Meaghan O'Malley, a medical oncologist on being at the event, "I was honored to meet with a diverse group of women at the Jubilee Women's Center on October 12 to discuss lifestyle choices and environmental causes of breast cancer. Education is power, and an immensely important component of a healthy lifestyle is how to discern facts from fiction. I was happy to discuss and teach about how nutrition, exercise, alcohol intake, and other modifiable factors can impact our risk for developing breast cancer. Furthermore, screening mammograms can save lives, so with the help of Crucial Catch and the Seahawks organization, my hope is that all women can educate themselves, access and undergo appropriate cancer screening, and feel empowered to live their best lives."
The NFL and the American Cancer Society added a new Links to Care Community Grants pilot project this year, to specifically improve breast cancer outcomes. The pilot project aims to create connections between community health centers and NFL team-affiliated hospitals to ensure patients complete recommended screenings, follow-up care and treatment. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health was selected as one of six grant recipients in NFL markets.
Throughout the month of October, the Seahawks donated 12 percent of the proceeds from in-store Seahawks Pro Shop purchases of official Crucial Catch gear to the Crucial Catch Fund. In partnership with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, the Crucial Catch Fund will with support services for local patients undergoing cancer treatment.
We encourage fans to visit Seahawks.com/CrucialCatch to donate to the fund and learn more about the Crucial Catch fund.
As a part of Crucial Catch month, Mike Morris and Blitz delivered the game ball to Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.