Monday, October 5, 2009

Pink Shoes

Did you try to adjust the color on your television screen or was that really pink you saw professional football players wearing on Sunday? After all, pink on pro football players usually doesn't happen.

But this week, the NFL got a bit of a makeover and shades of pink were all over the fields. In support of International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NFL allowed players to wear pink shoes, gloves, caps, and sweatbands. I even spotted a couple of pink towels on the sidelines too.

Since 1985, October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness of the disease and raise much-needed funds for research and screenings. It is also meant as a major reminder to self-test, and to get your mammograms. (Yes ladies, I'm talking to YOU!)

If pro football players can go a giant step beyond wearing a pink ribbon by lacing up a pair of hot pink cleats, all women "of a certain age" can step up and get checked. I guarantee you, a mammogram is a lot less uncomfortable them a 300 pound linebacker, wearing pink gloves, smashing into you!

When was your last mammogram?
Welcome to The Fifty Factor - Joanna

Photo: Courtesy of the Internet: Tom Brady was one of many players wearing pink gear this weekend to recognize breast cancer awareness.

52 comments:

My name is PJ. said...

Excellent post! I do believe you read about my last mammo in last Monday's post! ;)

Holly said...

I watched the Steelers last night wearing pink and mixing it up with the Chargers...they were in a major battle. And, that one pales in comparison to the battle any woman with breast cancer endures.

I schedule my mammo just around Christmas time...that way I can't forget that I'm due to go...and so it's a gift I give myself.

Love To you and your 'girls'!

Mari said...

Those pink shoes look great! I had mine about 2 months ago.

The Peach Tart said...

I'm due for mine and will call and make the appointment. Thanks for the post.

Miz said...

for some reason I kept getting choked up about all the pink last night.

I love it.

(GO STEELERS :))

Kathy said...

I like seeing pink on the men!

Cathy Clementz said...

I hadn't heard about this, so thanks for bringing it up! My last mamm was the first part of Sept 2009. Good to go!!!

Tammy Howard said...

I was actually a little distracted by it yesterday. I asked at one point, "Is the BALL pink?" hubs replied that it was indeed not. "Just the laces then?" He assured me that nothing on the actual ball was pink. I figured by that point (half-time of second game of the day, plus a little time watching "The Red Zone") that the pink was just burned onto my retinas.

Oh, and since you asked, I have mine regularly, faithfully, and annually.

Amy H. said...

Wasn't all that pink cute? I loved seeing all those big, burly guys supporting the cause in that way. I turn 40 next month, so I haven't had a mammogram yet, but probably will schedule one, as my aunt died at 39 from breast cancer.

Kathy said...

Just had mine last week. I get mine for my birthday every year. It's an easy way to remember and great gift to myself.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Awesome post! Plan to share with my sister who is the nurse navigator for the breast center in the neighboring town.

Last mammo - hmmm...just had 2 and was supposed to have a MRI, but freaked out due to claustrophobia (I'm clean - docs just ultra careful because 2 of my sisters are breast cancer survivors and I am a survivor of endometrial cancer).

noexcuses said...

Great picture! Thanks for the post and reminder. The big 'ole RV comes to my work every Spring. That's when I get mine.

ticklishfromadistance said...

Great images.

Alix said...

I LOVE the pink cleats!!

Our Jaguars wore them too yesterday (and oddly, they beat the Titans... woot woot). I think they look awesome! Fantastic idea, and very eye-catching.

Which is exactly the point. Bravo!

Alix said...

Oh... had my annual mammogram last Thursday with a bone density test for dessert! I was in and out in thirty minutes. Awesome!

Maggi said...

What a cool thing for the NFL to do! Loving those pink cleats!

Sassy Pants Freckle Face said...

LOVE all the pink on the football field!!!!

Cindy La Ferle said...

As always, you inspired me with this uplifting post. Love those pink-bottomed shoes on the football field, and bless those guys wearing 'em!!

My paternal grandmother lost a breast to cancer, but survived. I try to do something every October to honor my grandmother and breast cancer awareness month too, whether it's posting an essay on the topic on my blog, or volunteering in the community. This month, I am meeting with the director of a breast-cancer support group at our hospital, and will be doing some volunteer writing workshops for the group. Thanks for the reminder that we all need to do our part!

TechnoBabe said...

Great reminder to all of us to self test and get regular mammograms. Nice picture too!

Frau said...

Not all men can wear pink but a 300lb line backer! There is no messing with that...especially for a great cause. I always do my before the first of the year! Have a great Monday!

Ina in Alaska said...

My last mam was a few months ago. Thanks for the important reminder and I love those guys in pink accents!!!

Attila The Mom said...

Ha! Love those pics!

Rebel Mother said...

Fabulous! What a great piece of advertising.

Love pink.

RMxx

darsden said...

Yes, I noticed that too and thought it's about damn time the men stepped up and started showing support for 2 of their life long playtoys!!

I did notice all the pink accessories they had going on... but have to say the pink shoes impressed me the most.

Geaux New Orleans Saint...yehaw!!
4-0 babe'

LadyFi said...

Love the photo. And thanks for the reminder - will get onto it!

Nezzy said...

I'm sayin'. Not only was it pink it was the brightest hottest pink I've ever seen televised. Great post!

Have a wonderful fall Monday!!!

a corgi said...

I thought it was awesome the players were "pretty in pink" for such a worthy cause

(I'm overdue for it.......I know the importance of it.....will get one soon.....)

betty

Hilary said...

That's pretty cool. :) Come to think of it, I have a requisition in my purse to schedule a mammogram appointment.. issued about a month ago. Thanks for the reminder. ;)

Christina said...

Wearing pink - no matter how - is always a good idea. For everybody. :)

Brian Miller said...

it was definitely interesting trying to figure out what was going on with the color clashes yesterday. raising awareness is important...for the ladies and the guys...we need to do our checks as well.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Great post. I actually had a mammogram a couple of months ago. Pretty in Pink -- Love it!!

Betty said...

Great advice! I actually had my first mammogram last year, and your description of the line backer smashing into me, was what it reminded me of.... :) Just kidding, I think it´s great that we have this option and am thankful for it!

Kristina P. said...

LOVE IT.

Helen McGinn said...

How wonderful! I love that they did that. x

L.B. said...

I thought that was a great gesture too. The coaches all seemed to wear pink-billed caps too, and i wondered if they would auction them off for charity or if they'd hang onto them as a collector's items.

Also, in Mexico, their first division soccer league used pink balls and some teams wore pink jerseys too.

The Courteous Chihuahua said...

Real men DO wear pink!!

Our Colts players were wearing the various pink accessories yesterday. It was pretty cool. The dork next to me kept yelling, "Nice shoes!" to a particular 6'2" 296-pound lineman from the safety of our seats.

December 11 at 8:30.

Jeanie said...

I'm due....thanks for the reminder.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I'm loving the pink shoes. I had my mammo in March 2009.

Rowe said...

Cute shoes, where did he get them!! I'm due for a check. Very.

Judy said...

Hi Joanna, I get a mammogram every year but sure don't like getting my boobs smashed. I know it is better than getting cancer though.
I like the pink shoes, too.

Otin said...

I thought that what went on in the NFL was wonderful!

Anita said...

My nine year old daughter is standing over me "styling" my hair. She saw the pink shoes and said, "I like them, but he shouln't be wearing them - they're girl shoes!"

I guess she's jealous that he has them and not her. :)

From one over 50 year old to another - nice to meet you. I will stop by your site again.

Oh, my mammogram is on the calendar!

Matty said...

Thanks for a nice post to further this cause, complete with a picture of manly shoes.

My wife doesn't like the painful boob squishing, but we know it's for the best.

Unknown Mami said...

That's awesome plus I have a thing for men in pink!

diane said...

Good call on this one Joanna! I've been wearing my pink bracelet all week, but I actually never gave a thought to myself.

beth said...

thanks for the reminder !!
I hope all women run out now and get one !!

I have been faithful with my yearly "boob squish" for so many years now....my grandmother had breast cancer at an early age and survived and then had it again in her 80's....so they started me early !!

beth said...

oops...and thank you so much for such a kind comment on my blog :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I noticed that during last night's game--so nice of the NFL to take up a worthy cause!

lisleman said...

thanks for pointing this out - it's good advertising for an important cause. Do you know if there are any pink nascar teams? Pink tires would be cool.

Holly said...

Dear Snarky Sister:
Stop by when you can...I left something for you at my place!

Life with Kaishon said...

I didn't know about that. I LOVE it!

Aleta said...

I saw the pink and thought it was SO cool that they did this. My aunt is a breast cancer survivor - so proud of her! But I have to admit, it was a little strange to see the little pink flecks running across the green field. Lol.