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Bears supporting 'Crucial Catch' game at Carmel HS

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When Carmel Catholic hosts Marist High School on the football field Friday night, things are going to look a little pink. As part of the NFL's "Crucial Catch" initiative to fight cancer through early detection and risk reduction, the Bears will support that night's game with a series of on-site events.

Former Bears fullback Jason McKie is head coach of the Carmel football team, while former Bears receiver Rashied Davis is an assistant.

Beginning at 5 p.m., children and teens will be invited to participate in a skills challenge area while "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" T-shirts will be on sale with proceeds benefitting Bears Care in support of cancer research and awareness. Mascot Staley Da Bear will be on hand throughout the night to meet and greet fans, while those in attendance will be encouraged to visit a special ribbon table and pick a specially colored ribbon "In honor of" or "In remembrance of" someone they know who personally fought or is fighting cancer.

The Chicago Bears Monster Squad will be tossing giveaways into the stands throughout the game, and special Fans of the Game will be selected from both the Carmel Catholic and Marist crowds as well as a Player of the Game from both teams.

The NFL, its clubs, players, the NFL Player Association, and the American Cancer Society are committed to providing individuals with the tools they need to help them better understand early detection and ways to reduce their cancer risk. Each year, every NFL team raises awareness during their Crucial Catch game, which features on-field and in-stadium Crucial Catch elements.

Since its establishment in 2009, the NFL's Crucial Catch campaign has raised over $22 million for the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Carmel Catholic at (847) 566-3000.

Since 2008, Bears Care's "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" campaign has raised funds to benefit programs providing care, assistance and support to breast cancer patients and their families. Take a look at each of the 14 shirt designs throughout the campaign's history. This season's design is available for purchase now at ChicagoBears.com/pink.

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