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Article published November 5, 2012
Miller, Steelers turn out for cancer event
Staff Cranberry Eagle
WARRENDALE — Steelers tight end Heath Miller and his wife, Katie, hosted “Bid for Hope” on Monday at Jergels Rhythm Grille. The event, now in its 11th year, benefits Glimmer of Hope, a Pittsburgh nonprofit foundation that raises funds for breast cancer research in pre-menopausal women. Despite the effects of Superstorm Sandy, which swept across the region on Monday, about 300 people turned out for the event which featured live and silent auctions and an opportunity to meet Miller and his teammates. Proceeds have not been finalized, but the event is estimated to have raised about $100,000 for the foundation. Glimmer of Hope founder Diana Napper said one goal of the organization is to establish protocol for women under 40 years of age who are diagnosed with breast cancer. “The incidence of breast cancer in women under 40 is increasing. This event helps to create new avenues for young women with breast cancer. Through research, education and set protocols, we want to give them direction and make the process less frustrating for them,” Napper said. The Steelers have been wearing pink uniform items throughout October to show support for the fight against breast cancer. That support continued Monday as players Troy Polamalu, Brett Keisel, Charlie Batch, Leonard Pope, Chris Rainey, Drew Butler and David Paulson attended the event to sign autographs and visit with fans. Keisel presented a check for $5,000 to Glimmer of Hope from the sale of his pink Da Beard Gear T-shirts that were designed to promote breast cancer awareness.