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Chargers salute breast cancer awareness

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - The San Diego Chargers conducted a "Salute to Breast Cancer Awareness" at Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium, with players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel.

The salute included on-field and in-stadium branding and 35 breast cancer survivors taking to the field to participate in pregame activities, including forming a human pink ribbon for the national anthem.

Among those survivors was Anna Cook -- one of the Chargers' biggest fans -- who diagnosed with breast cancer last spring. 

"I thank God he's gonna get me through this," Anna said. 

She is going through chemotherapy right now but says getting to be so close to favorite team is a dream come true. 

“I just love those boys. I call them my boys,” Anna said.

Her husband Mike Cook was on the field Sunday too.

“My husband is such a great supporter and such a good caregiver. I just can't imagine doing anything without him,” Anna said

"She's in love with Phillip Rivers actually," Mike joked.

Anna says she's so grateful for moments like this and grateful for her husband of 17 years, who couldn't be more proud of her.

“She's in a great place right now,” Mike said. "I love her so much, all I can do is be there for her and she's such a strong person."

Much of the pink apparel worn by players and coaches, along with special game balls and pink coins, will be auctioned off at nflauction.nfl.com with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society's Community Health Advocates Implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity program.

This is the sixth year the NFL and NFL Players Association have conducted the "A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives" campaign, which has raised nearly $7 million for the American Cancer Society, according to the NFL.

The NFL and American Cancer Society will hold their first nationwide breast cancer event -- "A Crucial Catch Day," on Oct. 25 to provide breast cancer education and free or low-cost screenings within specific underserved communities.

The "A Crucial Catch" campaign is focused on the importance of annual breast cancer screenings, especially for women 40 years old and older.

The Chargers and Komen San Diego funded free mammograms for women ages 40 and older Thursday at Qualcomm Stadium.
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