NASHVILLE – Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here, and Nashville SC players Bradley Bourgeois and Tucker Hume have kicked off their Real Men Wear Pink fundraising initiative with the American Cancer Society. For the second year in a row, the pair will be raising awareness and money for breast cancer research, patient services and education by spearheading the club-wide initiative during the month of October.
The cause hits home for both Bourgeois and Hume considering breast cancer has affected both of their families. Their personal connection with the disease makes them passionate ambassadors and provides them with plenty of motivation when promoting their 2019 fundraiser.
“Breast cancer obviously means a lot to me with my mom getting diagnosed two years ago,” said Hume. “I just remember where I was, the place I found out and how devastating it was. Regardless of the severity, the word cancer is just a really scary word. Just to be a part of something like this and continuing to help raise awareness, I want to help in any way I can.”
Fans have the opportunity to get involved in the campaign by purchasing tickets for Nashville SC’s home match against North Carolina FC on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Nissan Stadium. A portion of proceeds from tickets purchased using this link will go back to the Real Men Wear Pink fundraiser. Fans can make additional donations through Bourgeois and Hume’s fundraising page, which can be accessed here. Not only is the initiative important in raising awareness and funds, it also gives Bourgeois and Hume something more to play for when they step onto the field in October.
“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012,” said Bourgeois. “What brings me to something like this is to tell people that they’re not alone. When you fight something, you have to fight it together. I want to support that. I really just want to support this as much as we can and get as many people around it as we can just to donate to such an amazing organization.”
American Cancer Society’s community development manager Dawn Gardin says she’s thrilled that the club is fundraising for breast cancer awareness for the second straight year and encourages the community to come out to the Oct. 12 match to show their support.
“Come out to the game, that’s what I keep telling everyone,” said Gardin. “I just think it’s so exciting and amazing. It’s a way to tie the moms to soccer. Nashville SC is our hometown team. It’s so nice to see the entire Nashville community really rally around them and to have two gentlemen who take this cause to heart.”
For more information about the Real Men Wear Pink initiative, click here. To purchase your tickets to Nashville SC's home match on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Nissan Stadium with a portion of proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, click here.