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UI Health & the Chicago Fire team up for Breast Cancer Awareness

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club and University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, in conjunction with MLS W.O.R.K.S., announce the Fire's efforts to aid in Major League Soccer's breast cancer awareness campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment during the month of October. The club will raise awareness for the fight against cancer at the Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC match Presented by University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System at Toyota Park on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. CT (My50/TWCSC Wisconsin/La Ley 107.9). 

Standing room only tickets for the Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC match are available by calling 888-MLS-Fire, by visiting Chicago-Fire.com or Ticketmaster. The first 5,000 fans in the stadium will receive a limited edition pink rally towel.

The Fire teamed up with University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System to create a video featuring Fire players Sean Johnson, Jeff Larentowicz, Chris Rolfe and Gonzalo Segares to remind women that early detection of breast cancer can save lives. Information on scheduling next-day mammograms with University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System can be found here.

In addition to the video, which will be shown in-stadium on Saturday and can be seen above, the match will be played with a commemorative pink adidas Prime 2013 Official Match Ball, pink corner flags, pink goal nets and pink Soccer Kicks Cancer field boards.

The Fire's starting eleven players will don MLS W.O.R.K.S. pink ribbon t-shirts during the procession and national anthem, and the Fire goalkeepers will receive pink uniforms and gloves. The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) match officials will join players in wearing pink ribbon patches on their jerseys in addition in addition to pink adidas sweat bands, and pink shoe laces. Gatorade has donated pink sideline towels to support the campaign and coaching staffs have been provided with pink MLS WORKS knit scarves.

The Fire will don blue kits with pink name plates, numbers and the special pink MLS W.O.R.K.S. ribbon patch on their jerseys. These commemorative jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation during the match on Oct. 19th. Bidding is now open. Fans can text AUCTION to 52182 or click here to start bidding. Fans can also stop by the Foundation tent on the Northwest Concourse where the jerseys will be auctioned off until halftime. Each winner will not only receive the player's jersey, but will have the opportunity to meet that player postgame in a private meet and greet session.

The Center for Breast Care at UI Health is committed to using the most advanced screening technologies and is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. UI Health is proud to offer exceptional mammography services to women in the community. For more information or to make an appointment call 312.413.4900.

The Chicago Fire's goal on the field is to play hard and win. Its goal off the field is to contribute to the quality of life in Chicago and its surrounding communities. Through the Chicago Fire Foundation, the Fire is able to give back to the community by developing programs that reach out to Chicagoland's community. Since 1998, the Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team, has made significant contributions to enhance the lives of disadvantaged youth throughout Chicagoland. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $1.5 million dollars in grants and contributions. The Chicago Fire Foundation raises funds through annual events including the Season Kickoff Luncheon, Art of Futbol and White Party, as well as the Commemorative Jersey Auction, and 50/50 Raffle. For more information about the Chicago Fire Foundation, visit www.chicago-fire.com/community.

Founded on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire on October 8, 1997, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club enters its 16th Major League Soccer season. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural campaign in 1998 and was crowned champion of U.S. Soccer's national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. The Fire play at TOYOTA PARK, a world-class soccer stadium, located in Bridgeview, IL. For more information on the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, please visit the club's official website at www.Chicago-Fire.com.