Vail Valley women playing football for the cure |

Vail Valley women playing football for the cure

EAGLE, Colorado – Four teams of local women are playing football for a cause.

Powder Puff for Pink is a local fundraiser for women joining the fight against breast cancer.

Because they need to raise a little money, and because it sounds like fun, they’re playing flag football this afternoon, 2 p.m., in Eagle’s Brush Creek Park.

For a $10 donation you get to watch.

It’s all part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which actually culminates in early November with 13 of them travel to San Diego for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. It’s a 60-mile walk over three days.

But first, they’ll play a little football this afternoon.

“We have four teams of girls coming to play, bring awareness to the cause and have fun,” said Erin Ivie.

It’s a round robin tournament and the championship game is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.

Besides the $10 suggested donation to get in, you can get a $5 barbecue lunch from Moe’s, a $10 souvenir mug and all sort of other stuff to buy.

And what football event would be complete without a pool?

So, there’s a $5 football pool at Pazzo’s, Grand Avenue Grill, Dusty Boot, Moe’s, Paradigms and the Brush Creek Saloon. The halftime winner gets $100. The final score winner gets $150.

This stuff really does matter.

Since its inception in 2003, the Komen 3-Day for the Cure has raised nearly $500 million. Komen for the Cure paid for half a million breast screenings in 2009, according to the organization’s website.

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of death among women worldwide. More than 1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year, and more than 465,000 die.

Somewhere in the world, a woman dies from breast cancer every 68 seconds.

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