Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler is teaming up with his wife to get the word out about breast cancer.
They are participating in the Buffalo Bills "Billieve" Breast Cancer Awareness campaign because Chandler's mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease over a decade ago.
Alyssa Chandler recalls, "My older sister lived right next door. I was in college and she came over and took me in my bedroom and said I have something to tell you, and she told me mom has breast cancer and I just collapsed... It's devastating you know. You don't want to hear the word cancer, you think death instantly." But, Alyssa's mom survived after radiation treatment and is now 10 years cancer free.
And that's motivation for Scott Chandler to help get the word out for cancer survivors. Chandler says, "They're an inspiration to us. They've been through things. We're out on the field. It's not life or death. These women have been though life and death situations and they're the kind of inspiration that kind of puts things in perspective."
The Chandlers were at Niagara Falls on Friday night to light the Falls pink with other Bills players and the American and Canadian Cancer Societies. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
They hope to shine a lot on the fact that early detection saves lives.