“Team Up Against Cancer” Event Raises Funds for Cancer Care in Southwest Michigan
Aug 17, 2016 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Athletes, fans, and community members are encouraged to “Team Up Against Cancer” in southwest Michigan. The annual event, previously “Play for Pink,” is a community fundraiser and educational event dedicated to help those fighting cancer, provide information to increase awareness and prevention of cancer, and celebrate cancer survivors.

One of the most important ways to support “Team Up Against Cancer” is by purchasing apparel available at All proceeds will go to assist local cancer patients in southwest Michigan and will be distributed to Berrien County Cancer Services, the Marie Yeager Cancer Center, and Susan G. Komen. Purchase of a t-shirt or hoodie will also admit the wearer into all high school sporting events at St. Joseph High School during the week of September 26 to 30.

The “Team Up Against Cancer” main event will be held on Friday, September 30 during the St. Joseph High School varsity home football game at Dickinson Stadium. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with local vendors offering a variety of pregame food and beverages with 20 percent of the sales to benefit area cancer support organizations.

Special pink jerseys will be worn by the St. Joseph football team in support of the fundraiser and to honor the memory of Denise Bohn, a victor in the fight against breast cancer. The jerseys will be pre-ordered and sponsored by friends or family members in honor of a loved one who has or had cancer. At the end of the game, the jerseys will be presented to the sponsors by the football team.

The St. Joseph High School Marching Band, along with all fall sports teams and cheerleaders, will pay tribute to those affected by cancer and salute survivors as they parade into the stadium during a pre-game ceremony. After the game, anyone wearing “Team Up Against Cancer” apparel is encouraged to enter the field to form a symbolic memory “ribbon” and mark the event with a group photo.

In addition to the football game, many educational outreach activities are planned for all grade levels within St. Joseph Public School system to learn more about prevention and treatment of cancer, as well as support services available to cancer patients.  

About Berrien County Cancer Service, Inc.

BCCS has been caring for local cancer patients in SW Michigan since 1948.  We are located at 7301 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville.  Our mission of providing compassionate, in home skilled oncology nursing services and supportive resources for those affected by cancer or related illnesses at no cost, and without looking at income or billing insurance, is made possible through United Way of SW Michigan and our generous community.  Of special note; we are the only organization that cares for our local children with cancer in Berrien County.  For more information about all of the supportive resources BCCS provides; please visit our website at: or our Facebook page at:  Berrien County Cancer Service, Inc.

About Marie Yeager Cancer Center
The Marie Yeager Cancer Center (MYCC), located at the Lakeland Health Park in St. Joseph, includes a highly qualified team of cancer specialists and state-of-the-art technology for cancer detection and treatment, in an environment designed to promote health and healing. Medical providers at the MYCC care for over 83 percent of cancer patients in Berrien County and provide oncology/hematology services, education, and resources. For more information visit

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