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Cooking for a cause

Posted Oct 21, 2016

Steelers' players took part in a healthy cooking class for breast cancer patients.

Steelers’ players have been wearing pink throughout the month of October to support breast cancer awareness month, and on Friday they took it to another level.

Arthur Moats, Travis Feeney and Roosevelt Nix took part in the 8th Annual Healthy Cooking Demo at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC for breast cancer survivors who are current or former patients of the hospital’s cancer program.

“This is just another opportunity to give back to these breast cancer survivors,” said Moats. “Understanding their fight and what they go through, it's an opportunity to brighter their day. It's always a great time.”

The class was created to stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle for those who have battled, or are battling breast cancer. One of the key factors for survivors and patients, in addition to the treatment, is maintaining a healthy diet and good nutrition. And what better way to deliver that message than have Steelers players cooking for them.

“Today is about nutrition and how important it for breast cancer patients and survivors,” said Judy Herstine, administrator for the hospital’s women’s cancer program. “Everybody here is a big Steelers fan and it’s important to them that the Steelers are showing their support for breast cancer. It helps bring home the fact that good nutrition is good for everyone.”

The players were divided into two teams, with Nix holding his own well, to see who had the best cooking skills. But in this case, everyone was a winner.  

The ladies had the opportunity to sample the tasty, healthy treats the players made, get autographs and take photos. But more importantly, they had the opportunity to laugh, which can be the best medicine of all.

“It's such an honor,” said Cathy Layendecker, who is in the final stages of her treatment. “Magee Hospital, it's so sweet they are doing something like this. It is all about nutrition and learning healthier cooking. I think it's a great thing.

“And the Steelers being here, that is a bonus. It's so sweet they take the time out during football season to do this for us. That is wonderful. Very touching.”