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University of Oregon football helmet auction raises more than $66,000 for breast cancer research at OHSU

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute director, employees share their appreciation in a thank-you video
Brian Druker and dozens of other workers from Knight Cancer gather around in front of the building sign.
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Director, Brian Druker, M.D., is joined by Knight Cancer Institute employees to thank the University of Oregon for supporting breast cancer research. (OHSU/Christine Torres Hicks)

At their Oct. 22 football game in Autzen Stadium, the University of Oregon football players donned Nike-designed Breast Cancer Awareness uniforms — featuring black helmets with pink wings and black jerseys with pink numerals — to raise awareness about breast cancer.

The university auctioned off 20 of the special-edition helmets via the sports apparel site Fanatics to support breast cancer research at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Auction bidding closed Oct. 24, and in total, raised $66,300 for breast cancer research at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

'To our team, a victory is ending cancer as we know it'

Brian Druker, M.D.
Brian Druker, M.D. (OHSU)

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Director Brian Druker, M.D., shared his appreciation in a video acknowledging the donation.

“To our team, a victory is ending cancer as we know it,” says Druker. “When you donate to our research, you support a world-class team of cancer researchers and care providers. Through innovative, collaborative research and education, we provide prevention, detection, and care — one person at a time. On behalf of our institute, I want to extend our sincere thanks to the University of Oregon and everyone who generously supports our goal to detect cancer as early as possible — when it is most treatable.”

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Visit ohsu.edu/pinkspot for more information on mammograms and to find a location near you.

About the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

The Knight Cancer Institute is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center between Sacramento and Seattle — an honor earned only by the nation's top cancer centers. Patients who come to the Knight Cancer Institute are treated by teams of specialists who work together and focus on treating the whole person. These teams base treatment strategies on the latest research, often led by OHSU scientists. That means the Knight Cancer Institute can offer many new therapies as soon as they’re available.

Following the successful completion of a $1 billion fundraising challenge made possible by Phil and Penny Knight, the Knight Cancer Institute has prioritized the urgent issue of early cancer detection. The institute formed CEDAR (Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center), the first large-scale early cancer detection program of its kind. CEDAR’s goal is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage — because early detection saves lives.

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