Steelers' cooking up something special

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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.

Jordan Berry, Chris Boswell, Will Johnson and Arthur Moats took part in the 7th 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 something I hold dear to my heart," said Johnson. "I lost an aunt to breast cancer. This is something I wanted to be here to show my support for. It's a testament to the women to show how strong they are."

The purpose of the class is to reiterate the importance of a healthy lifestyle for those who have battled breast cancer. It's not just about the medical treatment the patients receive, but maintaining a healthy diet and good nutrition can protect them from further complications.

"It's great to have the survivors see that the Steelers are interested in them," said Judy Herstine, administrator for the hospital's women's cancer program. "It means a lot for them to have people so prominent in the city talk and teach them about nutrition which is so important."

As is the case with everything players do, the class got a little bit competitive as the players battled each other to show off who has the best cooking skill. Berry, who has an aunt who is a breast cancer survivor, and Boswell teamed up and won one segment, while Johnson and Moats joined forces and won the other segment.

"It's an amazing cause," said Moats. "The support for these women, going through this battle, it means a lot to be able to come out and provide joy and laughter and maybe take their mind off of it."

Steelers players take part in a breast cancer healthy cooking class at Magee Women's Hospital.

All fun aside, the message from the players was clear. They were there to support those who have fought the battle against breast cancer and to do whatever they could to make their day brighter.

"It's overwhelming," said breast cancer survivor Jessica Costa, who was there with her mother-in-law Debbie also a survivor. "We have been going through this together. To come here is a celebration for us. It's the first time we have come to Magee for something fun. The fact that they would take time out of their lives for us means the world to us."

The class ended on a high note, with everyone waving pink Terrible Towels and the players signing autographs and posing for pictures with the survivors.

"It's nice to see the pink," said Boswell. "To have an entire league come together to support a cause. Everybody takes it seriously. It's very humbling to see."

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