With the NFL celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month during October, one of the most emotional stories involves one of its own. As a member of the famed Philadelphia Eagles cheerleading staff, Alicia Marie found the first lump in her breast at only 21 years of age. Eventually, a total of three lumps were discovered.
A frightening reality for any woman, breast cancer knows no age. Currently a graduate student at the University of North Carolina, Alicia has participated in events held by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a cause dedicated to eliminating breast cancer. As a side note, she has participated in archery since the age of 12 and is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
Along with her fellow Eagles cheerleaders, Marie has worked with the Eagles franchise and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in various fundraisers. Like all other NFL cheerleaders in the month of October, she will be sporting pink pom poms on the sidelines. For Marie, it is a symbol of victory and a reminder to all the female fans that it is crucial to be checked regularly.
Of note, the Eagles were the first NFL franchise to dedicate themselves to breast cancer fundraising. In 2008, the cheerleaders were part of an effort at a local mall in which funds raised went to Thomas Jefferson. In addition, Eagles cheerleaders have also participated in heart health with events holding free health screenings.
Serving as a responsible corporate citizen, the Eagles community initiatives inspired the NFL to support the cause of breast cancer awareness. Seeing a strong woman like Alicia Marie endure and persevere is an inspiration and a reminder that it is a cause anyone can get behind.