Press Release: Ravens Support Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer


Stadium-wide moment honoring those who have courageously fought or are battling cancer set for Sunday's game against the Saints.

This year, the Baltimore Ravens and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have continued their efforts to support the fight against cancer through the Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer campaign. After nearly a decade of supporting only breast cancer, the NFL and ACS evolved the campaign in 2017 to address early detection and risk reduction efforts for all cancers, including breast cancer, to increase their impact. The initiative will be supported in many ways during the month of October, including this Sunday (10/21) against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. These efforts include:

Fridays throughout October

  • Every Friday in October, the Ravens RISE High School Game of the Week will incorporate several multi-colored aspects throughout the evening, including banners from the NFL's Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer campaign. Each team will receive helmet stickers, representing multiple types of cancer, courtesy of the Ravens. The American Cancer Society will also be on-site promoting the campaign and accepting donations at the weekly games.

Monday, Oct. 15

  • Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer efforts kicked off on Monday, Oct. 15, when the Ravens hosted the fourth annual "Sip 'N Paint Night" at M&T Bank Stadium for pre-registered Team Purple participants and those who are currently battling or have overcome breast cancer. The evening included refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and a Ravens pink-themed instructional painting session provided by Trevino Paint (Pikesville, Md.).

Sunday, Oct. 21 vs. New Orleans Saints

  • Prior to the game, the Ravens will recognize approximately 40 PSL owners who have fought, and in some cases continue to fight, a wide variety of cancer types.
  • During the game, fans will be asked to participate in a stadium-wide moment, honoring those who have courageously fought or are currently battling cancer, by displaying placards with either a pre-printed or personalized message. Volunteers from ACS will be stationed throughout the stadium to assist fans wishing to customize placards with a specific name or cause meaningful to them. (Below are several examples.)
Crucial Catch
  • For the second year, NFL-issued Crucial Catch branding and gameday apparel will sport a multi-colored logo representing all cancers. This branding will be featured across the gameday experience through game balls with the new logo, multi-colored helmet decals, captains' patches, multi-colored ribbon pins for coaches and teams, caps and pins for game officials, on-field multi-colored ribbon stencils and Crucial Catch wall banners and multi-colored goal post padding in the end zones.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

  • Through ACS, the NFL's Crucial Catch campaign has provided another year of funding to support increased access to breast cancer education and screening resources in underserved communities. ACS has awarded a $75,000 Community Health Advocates implementing National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) grant to the Baltimore Medical Systems facility in the Highlandtown neighborhood, continuing efforts to increase breast cancer screenings in the area. As part of the grant, the Ravens will participate in Crucial Catch Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24, a nationwide event held in cities across the country to help people receive detectable and screenable cancer education and participate in screenings. Pre-registered individuals will learn ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer and the importance of early detection at the Baltimore Medical Systems facility in Highlandtown.

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