Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte will be hosting a breast cancer event this offseason in his home country.
Professional athletes get judged for what they do on the field, but it’s what they do off the field that can lead to major benefits and leave lasting communities. It’s something that Chris Archer prides himself, being a pillar of good in the community and making a difference.
Being community leaders is something in the Pittsburgh Pirates history, with Roberto Clemente being the perfect illustration of the balance of being a player and helping others. With that, Starling Marte is hosting an event for breast cancer this offseason.
His caption, “El 20 de octubre vamos todo para el club José Martí apoyar a todas las mujeres que están luchando contra el cancer” translates to “On October 20 we are going to the José Martí club to support all the women who are fighting against cancer.” This event on October 20th looks to be taking place at the volleyball club Jose Marti in his native country of the Dominican Republic.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among woman in the world, and the Suzan G Komen Foundation mentions that,
“It’s estimated more than 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer occurred among women worldwide in 2012 (most recent data available)… Low screening rates and incomplete reporting can make rates of breast cancer in developing countries look lower than they truly are.”
Countries with limited resources are unable to detect cases of breast cancer compared to countries that are fully developed. That’s why it’s important to support this cause, as there’s many women who are fighting against breast cancer without the realization and without the means to help the fight.
Marte, with his event this offseason, is trying to help this cause for women in their fight. It’s important to raise awareness to these issues and to help in trying to get resources to countries and women in their fight.