Pink pitch for Glory to fight against breast cancer

Perth Glory FC has joined forces with Breast Cancer Care WA to help fight one of the most common cancers affecting Western Australian women.

Football fans going to this weekend’s RD 7 Hyundai A-league clash against Sydney FC have been urged to dig in and donate to the organisation, whose aim is to provide personalised, emotional, financial and practical support for men and women affected by breast cancer.

It is the most common cancer diagnosed in women across the nation, affecting one in every eight women.

Last year (2014) there were 1501 cases of breast cancer in WA. By 2019 the number is expected to rise to nearly 1700.

There will be collection tins located around nib Stadium at Gates 1, 3 and 4 and Perth Glory FC is urging its fans and members to support the cause.

Perth mother of two and breast cancer survivor Deb Alderson, was diagnosed with the disease last year. She’s slowly on the road to recovery and praised the role BCCWA played for her and her two boys, aged eight and nine.

“We have no family in Australia and their support has been a godsend. They really do care and know what’s going on and I can’t say enough good things about them.”

The match will also be dedicated to Perth Glory Women with an added special touch-instead of traditional white the pitch will be marked in pink to reflect part of the Women's jersey. 

“I think it’s great and really honourable that the club has paid tribute to the Women’s team,” said new American import Vanessa DiBernardo.

The 23-year old has joined the club on loan from her home team, the Chicago Red Stars and has already made her mark scoring two incredible goals on debut against Brisbane Roar last week.

“Some people I know have been affected by breast cancer, and it’s something that we as players are proud to support and I think it’s massive from the club that it's involved with such an important issue,” she said.

Kick-off between Perth Glory FC and Sydney FC is on Saturday at 4.30pm.

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