Aurora, Colo. (Oct. 17, 2011)—When Tim Tebow takes the field as starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos on Oct. 23, he’s poised to make an impact on the field of play. In the week before his debut, he’s also poised to make an impact on the field of breast cancer research.
This week, the Tim Tebow Foundation in partnership with XV Enterprises are auctioning off the hot pink cleats the QB wore on Oct. 3 during the Broncos’ bout with the Tennessee Titans. The auction benefits breast cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
The CU Cancer Center has the largest breast cancer research program in the Rocky Mountain region. The center is known for research about how hormones drive breast cancer, identifying genes that cause breast cancer to invade and spread, and the association of breast cancer and pregnancy. The center’s women’s cancers group holds $7.2 million in research funding today.
The center’s breast cancer clinical research program, headquartered at the Diane O’Connor Thompson Breast Center at University of Colorado Hospital, has the best five-year survival outcomes for breast cancer in the state, particularly for late-stage patients. The program currently has 17 clinical trials available for breast cancer patients, many of them only available at the center.
The “Cleats for a Cure” auction, held on eBay, launched on Oct. 17 and ends on Oct. 24 at 6:43 pm Denver time. The auction winner receives the autographed cleats plus an autographed photo of Tebow wearing the cleats.