Weekend soccer tourney promotes breast cancer awareness - KCTV5 News

Weekend soccer tourney helping to promote breast cancer awareness

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The Midwest All-Girls' Soccer Tournament is in town this weekend, and medical experts are using it as a chance to raise awareness about breast health.

"All I could think about is how I wanted to see my grandchildren grow up," Nancy Klug said. "They have been an inspiration to me. Their resilience has been an inspiration to me."

Klug is sharing this weekend with her granddaughters - watching them play in the tournament.

"I'm very thankful I'm here to share these events with them," she said.

Four years ago, when Klug was diagnosed with breast cancer, she didn't know if she would still be around today.

"It's fantastic. When you receive a diagnosis like this your mind goes to a dark place. The three days that I was waiting for a diagnosis my mind did go to that worst place," she said.

She hopes the pink flags, all the pink people will see this month, increases awareness.

"When you have an audience filled with so many young women, our best tool to ensure survivorship is early detection. We do that by educating young women from a very early age to do self breast exams, to be aware of the changes in their breasts," Klug said.

That's exactly why Overland Park and Menorah medical centers volunteered at the tournament all weekend long.

"It's very important to reach people in the community," said Dr. Anne Kobbermann, a breast surgical oncologist. "It's easy to do our jobs at the hospital. We need to go where people are to take time for breast health."

For Klug, seeing all the pink and knowing she's not alone is almost overwhelming.

"It touches your heart, you would only understand if you were a survivor. It means the world," she said.

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