While many of us were kicking back on a recent Sunday to watch the NY Jets take on the NE Patriots on a large-screen TV, Rhode Island employee Jo-Ann Lyon was cheering on her hometown ‘Pats’ in person at Gillette Stadium – from close-up seats near the 50 yard line. At the same time, she was supporting a cause near and dear to her heart and life: promoting breast cancer awareness.
Jo-Ann was one of dozens of breast cancer survivors invited by Patriots’ owners the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation to attend the October 25 game. This was part of an NFL-wide breast cancer awareness initiative.
Along with her guest, fellow survivor Monique Boyajian. Jo-Ann and the rest of the group donned pink shirts and caps sporting Patriots and ‘Crucial Catch’ logos. They formed a human pink breast cancer ribbon of hope right on the field. They stayed on field for the singing of the National Anthem ceremony. They enjoyed a free lunch. And, they got to root on their beloved Pats to victory that day, 30-23 (sorry Jets fans!).
“It was such an honor to be invited and to be part of this event,” says Jo-Ann. “I met so many nice people and the stories were remarkable from one breast cancer survivor to other. The camaraderie was unbelievable! I hope to cherish these friendships for a long time. Plus we got to see Tom Brady, Malcolm Butler and Danny Amendola!”