Chris Cooley hosts All-Star Survivors Celebration at Redskins Park

10.13.2011 / Blog Posts Community Events Redskins

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, along with Tanya Snyder and the American Cancer Society, hosted the fourth annual All-Star Survivors Celebration at Redskins Park on Tuesday - treating 20 women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to locker room tours and quite a bit of pampering. The All-Star Survivors Celebration was started by the Redskins tight end in 2008 after his mother Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The event is designed to help break up the monotony of chemotherapy treatment and its side effects. The women received brand new wigs, scarves, makeup, jeans provided by The Gap, and a custom-made pink and burgundy Redskins jersey.

Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, made a point to emphasize the importance of early screenings. She talks about the event with Redskins TV’s Amanda Mitchell:

Three years ago, Tanya Snyder was diagnosed with breast cancer. Here is an excerpt from her interview with’s Gary Fitzgerald:

“This is the therapeutic part, and also the surreal part,” Mrs. Snyder said during Tuesday's event. “I was a big believer in the cause, and I certainly did not mean to be part of the statistics."

"But the truth of the matter is, it can affect all of us, and most people have a story of a loved one that breast cancer has touched. People are here to give back for that reason.”

For more on the event from Gary Fitzgerald, read his article on

Also on hand to help out with the event was Safety Reed Doughty, who helped Cooley with tours of the locker room while his wife Katie helped women try on wigs in the player’s lounge. Lorenzo Alexander’s wife, Manjanique, was also on hand.

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