Breast cancer survivors honored on the gridironWritten by Scott McKimmy | | firstname.lastname@example.org
National City Bank honored 30 breast cancer survivors Sept. 22 at the halftime show during the UT Rockets football game at the Glass Bowl. The honorees, including “In Celebration of” honoree Jackie Stalter, were joined by friends and family who unfurled a banner “symbolizing hope for all who have been touched by the disease, and remembering those who have lost the battle to breast cancer.” Stalter, a National City Bank employee, helped raise more than $15,000 for breast cancer research and education.
The ceremony received a standing ovation, according to Brian Bucher, president and CEO of National City Northwest Ohio.
“I never saw so many people that were happy and excited to be honored at halftime in front of the crowd at the Glass Bowl,” Bucher said.
The festivities began with a tailgate party before the game, followed by presentation of the game ball by Bucher, UT President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs and Dr. Anita Leininger, surgical director of the UT Medical Center for Breast Care. National City also held its “Bring a Buck” promotion, collecting dollars from fans in exchange for stickers to raise about $800 that day as well as awareness of the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
On Sept. 27, National City kicked off its “Shine” program, lighting its Downtown office building on Madison Avenue in pink, the color adopted by many organizations battling the disease. The lights will shine through October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“It’s exciting for us, and I think it’s great for the City of Toledo because everybody kind of has a beacon of the support for it,” Bucher said.