NBA Player Rashad McCants, Son of a Survivor, on a Mission Making a Difference and Bringing Awareness to Breast Cancer

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NBA player Rashad McCants gathers friends and celebrities to walk to help bring awareness to Breast Cancer in Los Angeles. McCants mother, Brenda McCants a Breast Cancer survivor is his world. “My mother’s survival is so important to me; I have to do all I can to show my love and support for her. She has always been there for me and now is the time for me to do the same for her, she has made tremendous sacrifices for my well being over the years,” says McCants.

Rasad McCants walks for Breast Cancer Awareness

When asked how he deals with his mother’s illness, McCants replies, “I take it one day at a time. I’m grateful for everyday that I can talk to my mom or see her. I’m in the gym every day when I’m not with my mother.

On the court, McCants plays hard, loves to win, keeps his game face on, and looks pretty intimidating with his arms filled with tattoos. On the other hand off the court, Rashad is full of love and compassion; he’s soft-spoken, easy going and generous when it comes to helping others especially his mother. So it wasn’t difficult for him to make the decision to be at her bedside when she fell ill to breast cancer. “I believe most people would have made the same decisions I did, you only get one mother and my mother is a woman of love and support, we depend on each other.” continues McCants.

Realizing the high statistics of breast cancer victims, McCants knew he had to do something to help create awareness. He started Shoot for Cure Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to help make a difference in the lives of people affected by Breast Cancer by bringing awareness of the disease, educating families of survivors, supporting walk/run events and raising money for research, cure and the affected families. McCants says, “Shoot for the Cure helps people to realize the importance of early detection and how it saves lives.”

When asked how he deals with his mother’s illness, McCants replies, “I take it one day at a time. I’m grateful for everyday that I can talk to my mom or see her. I’m in the gym every day when I’m not with my mother. I’m focused, I’m thankful for my health and I’m a strong believer that God won’t give us more than what we can’t handle. I love my mother very much, she taught me how to smile, to be thankful, and how to appreciate life. She’s showed me how work pays off. When I was drafted to the NBA, she often said, ‘ be the best player you can be’. Even though she’s a strong woman, I realize breast cancer is a disease that does not discriminate. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women and more likely than all other women to die from the disease,” continues McCants.

For more information, go to: Generation1Foundation.org or ShootForCureFoundation.org
Contact: Gwen Priestley (323) 972-3268

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