On Wednesday June 21, Congresswoman Mia Love will take to the field for the annual bipartisan Congressional Women’s Softball Game to raise money for breast cancer awareness and the Young Survival Coalition.
Rep. Love will play in honor of Utah breast cancer survivor, Lindsay Nunez who received her diagnosis days after learning she was pregnant. Nunez had no family history of breast cancer and was healthy when she received her diagnosis. With early detection and treatment, Nunez is now in remission and the mother of a healthy baby boy.
“My pregnancy saved my life, by helping me detect it earlier” Nunez said. Speaking to young women, Nunez urged proactivity and empowerment; “If you have cancer, there are options, if you notice any changes, go to the doctor.”
12.4% of women are diagnosed with breast cancer and the disease claims approximately 40,000 lives a year in the United States. Young breast cancer patients often face more aggressive forms of breast cancer which can affect fertility.
Every year, the bipartisan Congressional Women’s Softball Team plays the women of the D.C. Press Corps. Since the first Congressional Women’s Softball Game in 2009, the event has raised over $900,000 for the Young Survival Coalition’s efforts against breast cancer in young women.