San Diego, California - New this year, San Diego Chargers players, place kicker Nick Novak and safety Jahleel Addae, will serve as the Honorary Chairs for Susan G. Komen San Diego’s Race for the Cure® set for Sunday, November 2 in Balboa Park. Novak and Addae both have someone close to them who has been affected by breast cancer. They will be the Chargers’ spokespeople for the Race and encourage fans to join Team Chargers.

Addae’s mother was affected by breast cancer just last year. He wants to give back to those who are going through this daunting journey because he knows how it affected him, his family, and most importantly his mother. Addae wants to be there for those who are going through the same thing his mom did.

“It means a lot to be an Honorary Chair because I want to share my and my mother’s story, and provide encouragement and inspire a positive mindset,” said Addae. “You’ve got to keep your faith and continue to do what you have to do to survive.”

Novak got involved in the Race for the Cure in 2005 when a neighbor was dealing with breast and ovarian cancer. The same day he was playing his first NFL game with the Redskins, she passed away. He has always tried to contribute in her name and whenever possible he gives back to the community.

“The money raised is so important, not just for finding a cure, but also to help pay for necessities like gas for traveling to and from treatments. That part of it is very expensive,” said Novak. “The money going toward Komen is very important; not only for research, but also for making sure the patients are happy, healthy and able to get their treatments.”

Every person who signs up for Team Chargers and fundraises $125, the cost of a life-saving mammogram, will be put in to a drawing for two tickets to the Chargers vs. Raiders game on Sunday, November 16 and be invited to go on the field during pregame festivities. Participants on Team Chargers will also get a Race for the Cure T-shirt and a Chargers pink wristband.

“We are honored to be working with Nick and Jahleel to build Team Chargers,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, executive director of Susan G. Komen San Diego. “The Race is our largest fundraiser that provides critical funding for women who are in need of life-saving services and with the support of Nick and Jahleel we will be able to raise that much more and save that many more lives.”

The Race for the Cure raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with this all too prevalent disease. When San Diegans participate, their donations provide free services for every step of the breast cancer journey, including education, outreach, free mammograms, diagnostic services, financial and food assistance, transportation and research. For additional information about the San Diego Race for the Cure or forming a team please visit www.komensandiego.org/race.

To join Team Chargers click here.  

About the Race for the Cure: The Komen Race for the Cure is a unique event, designed and implemented to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer. It has proved to be an enormously effective way to reach many women and men with the message that breast cancer doesn’t have to be fatal if regular mammograms and breast self-exams become routine. As well as being a road race for runners, the Komen Race for the Cure is an emotionally charged event that attracts many first timers and recreational runners. It is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to share a message of hope and inspiration with their communities.

About Susan G. Komen San Diego: Since its inception in 1995, Komen San Diego has raised more than $12.5 million to fund local non-profits who provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms and surgeries to meal delivery, child care and temporary financial aid.  Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays right here in San Diego County to fund free diagnostic mammograms, treatment and services for qualified women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit www.komensandiego.org.