‘Save Second Base’

By Elizabeth Brachelli
October 13, 2006

Strolling down the streets in masses, women nationwide are wearing bright pink T-shirts, with a baseball on each breast displaying the catchy phrase, “Save 2nd Base” to raise awareness for breast cancer this month.

The T-shirts were created by a team that participated in the 2005 Breast Cancer Philadelphia three-day walk. The 60-mile walk included thousands of participants that were fundraising for breast cancer research as well as community outreach. During the walk, the group received such a large response for their T-shirts from other participants that they decided to create the pink T-shirts for others to wear. The phrases “Save 2nd Base” and “Save Second Base,” as well as the baseball images, are currently trademarked.

Ashley Riviera, a sophomore, special and elementary education major said, “I thought it was funny and it really grabbed my attention. I’d wear it.”

According to save2ndbase.com, the T-shirts were made because “It’s fun to see someone look at the baseballs, read the phrase and.finally get the joke.”

It was reported by the American Cancer Society that over 40,970 women were killed by breast cancer this year. As breast cancer continues to take the thousands of lives of women, it remains to be the most common cancer in women across the United States. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in one or both of the breasts. According to save2ndbase.com, they try to fight the battle with laughter.

Although the phrase “Save 2nd Base” catches the eyes of many people, several people were taken aback by the T-shirts.

Jenna Chiavoroli, a freshman, whose major is undecided said, “I was shocked something was named that.”

The T-shirts come in two different styles and are available at save2ndbase.com. The T-shirt is offered in the traditional cotton style and the fitted-T. It’s 100 percent cotton and both styles are pink with the baseball images on the front as well as the “Save 2nd Base” phrase. Also, on the back of the T-shirts is the breast cancer awareness symbol. The T-shirts are $20 each. A portion of the sales from the T-shirts will be donated to breastcancer.org, a non-profit online resource for breast cancer patients and their families.

Justin Bostwick, freshman marketing major, said, “I like the shirt and I think that they’re cute.”

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