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A Crucial Catch
The Texans, the NFL and the American Cancer Society work together through the Crucial Catch Campaign to help save lives by providing access to screening tests for the early detection and treatment of cancer. The Texans have long focused on supporting breast cancer screening, awareness and education in our community and annually celebrate survivors at Pink Ribbon Day presented by Kroger. The Texans also work closely with the American Cancer Society to support Hope Lodge Houston.
Pink Ribbon Day Presented by Kroger
Pink Ribbon Day supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month and celebrates individuals and their loved ones who have been affected by cancer. Late Texans Co-Founder, Senior Chairman and CEO Robert C. McNair and his wife, Co-Founder and Senior Chair Janice S. McNair, were committed to providing funding for medical research and were longtime supporters of the American Cancer Society, co-chairing the campaign to build a Hope Lodge in Houston for those fighting cancer. To start the game, former Texans DL and now Texans Legend Devon Still and his daughter, proud cancer survivor Leah Still, served as Homefield Advantage Captains, and Mrs. McNair, a breast cancer survivor herself, served as Coin Toss Captain. Season Ticket Members and fans who have battled cancer participated virtually in the Texans tradition of "Deep in the Heart of Texas," and fans and family members of Texans players who have battled cancer were the featured fan cutouts in the Houston Methodist Fan Zone.
Pink Boas & Bow Ties
The Texans hosted Pink Boas & Bow Ties, an intimate virtual event for nine breast cancer survivors, in an effort to encourage, uplift and inspire them. While the ladies donned pink boas, Legend Cecil Shorts III and DB Michael Thomas appeared in pink bow ties, leading the ladies through a series of surprise deliveries at their homes from Cheerleaders and TORO. Each survivor received a swag bag filled with gifts from the Texans, Houston Methodist and Kroger. Gifts included a water bottle, a T-shirt, a cap, a scarf, flowers, sweet treats and tickets to Pink Ribbon Day presented by Kroger.
Visit to Houston Methodist
To spread some cheer to breast cancer patients, TE Darren Fells spent time virtually visiting patients at the Houston Methodist Woodlands campus. Through this visit the patients were able to share stories from their cancer journey and Fells was able to uplift them by sharing encouraging words.
Hope Lodge Houston
The American Cancer Society's Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge in Houston will provide free lodging and support to cancer patients seeking lifesaving treatment in Houston. As campaign co-chairs for Hope Lodge, late Texans Co-Founder, Senior Chairman and CEO Robert C. McNair and his wife, Co-Founder and Senior Chair Janice S. McNair, donated more than $5 million to the project, and the Foundation has contributed nearly $100,000. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Foundation auction at the Pink Ribbon Day game benefits the facility. Construction was completed in 2020, and it is set to open in 2021, serving as the largest facility of its kind in the country.