Packers' Wives Will Tackle Breast Cancer
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. – Tuesday night, Packers defensive back Tramon Williams will try to make an interception of a different kind.
He and his wife, Shantrell, have organized a new fundraiser, the Pink Powder Puff game, to intercept breast cancer.
Many of the Packers' wives will be playing a charity football game at Ashwaubenon High School.
Laurie Bertrand with the American Cancer Society in Wisconsin says Shantrell Williams has a very personal motivation for helping fund cancer research.
"Her family has been touched by breast cancer on many different levels,” Bertrand explains. “There's, I believe, five family members on her maternal side that have all had breast cancer."
Bertrand says the Williamses have recruited the wives of many of the Packers' star players to take to the field.
Tramon Williams and fellow Packers defensive back Davon House will coach the two teams of Packers' wives, which Bertrand says is like a who's who of Packers stars.
"Burnett, Crosby, Jolly, Hawk,” Bertrand says. “Obviously House and Williams. “Jones, Finley, Kuhn, Bulaga, Bennett, Nelson and still more than that. The women really just came together."
Tickets to the game are available online at makingstrideswalk.org or at the American Cancer Society office at 790 Marvelle Lane in Green Bay.
Bertrand says breast cancer death rates have dropped by 33 percent since the early 1990s, but this is no time to rest in the fight against cancer.
Bertrand says the Pink Powder Puff game and other fundraisers are critical to the mission of raising money to save more lives and help more people battle breast cancer.
"The money raised from this event is going to help fund patient programs and services for breast cancer patients and their families,” she says. “It's going to breast cancer research. Obviously without research we're never going to find that cure, and also going to help women that are in need of mammograms to get those mammograms."
Tickets are $7 for those 11 or older, $5 for ages 6 to 10, and children 5 and under are free.
You can also make a donation at www.makingstrideswalk.org/greenbaywi.