Allen, Texas -The Allen Americans front office will be participating in the Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa Triathlon for the 4th time this Sunday with a new goal this year: Beating cancer. New interim team athletic trainer Brett Bergman was diagnosed in February of this year with breast cancer at 25-years-old during a routine annual women’s exam. With no family history or genetic predisposition, Brett underwent a double mastectomy and radiation treatments from March through June, and on Sunday, Brett will be celebrating the mid-point of chemotherapy treatments by joining the rest of the Americans front office in competing in the triathlon.
“It’s been awesome to see how the Allen Americans, who I’ve only worked with for a few short weeks, have rallied around me and my cause. I want to race this weekend to raise awareness of the importance of women of all ages to be diligent in getting their annual women’s wellness exam.” Brett Bergman said. “I had no reason to ever suspect I had breast cancer, and if I’d gone two or three years between appointments like some women my age, I may have not been diagnosed in time to save my life.”
Above and beyond raising awareness, the Americans decided to add another level of competition to the race this year: “Brett and her boyfriend Tom Manning, who are competing together in the triathlon, will be the last ones to start the tri,” said Team President Matt Canavan. “Their goal will be to beat as many of their competitors across the finish line as possible. Anyone who loses to Brett has agreed to make a donation to MD Anderson’s Cancer Research Center.”
Brett’s boyfriend, Americans Director of Game Operations Tom Manning added: “I’m looking forward to competing with her. It’s been incredibly inspiring to see how she’s handled her diagnosis and treatments with such positive attitude and energy. If I were in her shoes, I’d probably use the situation to AVOID doing a triathlon, not diving in. Brett’s goal is just to finish, but she’s a competitor. Once we’re out there, I know she’s going to try to pass as many Americans as possible to raise as much money and awareness as we can.”
Americans fans are welcome to attend the race to cheer Brett Bergman and the rest of the Americans staff on at Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa, Sunday morning at 7:00 am. Those that want to join in the cause are encouraged to make a donation to gifts.mdanderson.org, or pledge to donate a set amount per employee that Brett and Tom beat in the race.
“Together, we can help MD Anderson find a cure for breast cancer, and in the mean time we can encourage women to make their health a priority.” Brett Bergman added. “Early detection is still one of the most important factors in survival. I’m excited to team with the Americans as we seek to ‘Beat Cancer.’”
The Allen Americans will have a Select-A-Seat Event tonight, September 7th from 5-7:30 pm at Allen Event Center. Fans can test-drive open seats for the 2017-2018 season, as well as drop off non perishable items for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Call 972-912-1000 for more information. www.allenamericans.com.
The Americans will play two preseason games in early October against the Kansas City Mavericks at Allen Event Center Community Rink on Friday, October 6th at 8:45 PM and Saturday, October 7th at 5:30 PM. Details on tickets in the coming weeks. The home opener against Orlando is on Saturday, October 21. Click here for the complete 2017-2018 schedule.