ORLANDO, FL (KATC) – Just hours after the Ragin’ Cajuns held their first practice in Orlando, Louisiana Athletic Director Dr. Bryan Maggard reminded us what’s most important about the Cure Bowl, raising money for breast cancer research.
During the afternoon press conference, Dr. Maggard, who wasn’t scheduled to speak, took the podium and opened up about his wife Kerry’s breast cancer diagnosis earlier this fall.
Dr. Maggard told a story that many people in America are accustom to. His wife had just had a regular exam a month before when she found a lump during a self-exam. After consulting the doctor she was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer.
“There are peaks and valleys,” he said Thursday. “The good news is it was caught early enough and diagnosed as stage one. I’d be remiss if I said there wasn’t a lot of mental an psychological anguish that goes along with it. The Peaks represent the moments where she hangs onto the fact that it was caught early, but the valleys are caught by the mind playing the ‘what-if’ games.”
Since 2015 the Cure Bowl has raised $3.55 million for the Breast Cancer research fund. The game is hosted each year byte Orlando Sports Foundation which focuses on raising funds and awareness for organizations who fight cancer.