A mission to make a difference

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: July 23, 2010

LOS ANGELESRashad McCants is the son of a breast cancer survivor — Brenda McCants. On the court, the NBA player plays hard, loves to win, keeps his game face on, and looks pretty intimidating with his arms filled with tattoos.

On the other hand off the court, Rashad is full of love and compassion; he’s soft-spoken, easy going and generous when it comes to helping others especially his mother. Many times he has had to miss out on career opportunities to be by his mother’s bedside as she fights breast cancer.

McCants is not only one of the best shooting guards in the NBA; he’s loyal and understands the importance of sacrifice. He says that as a kid his mother has always sacrificed for him and as an adult, he would like to do the same for her.

McCants’ “Generation 1” and “Shoot For The Cure” Foundation’s mission is to help make a difference in the lives of people affected by breast cancer by bringing awareness of the disease, educating families among those breast cancer survivors, supporting walk/run events and raising money for research, cure and the affected families.

McCants says that Shoot For the Cure helps people to realize the importance of early detection and how it saves lives.When asked how does he deal with his mother’s illness, McCants replied, “I take it one day at a time. I’m grateful for everyday that I can talk to my mom or see her.”

“I’m in the gym every day when I’m not with my mother. I’m focused, I’m thankful for my health and I’m a strong believer that God won’t give us anything that we can’t handle. I love my mother so much because she taught me how to smile, how to be thankful, and how to appreciate life.”

“She always taught me that hard work pays off. When I got drafted to the NBA she told me to be the best player that I could be. Even though she’s a strong woman, I realize that breast cancer is a disease that does not discriminate. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women and more likely than all other women to die from the disease.”

NOTE: For more information, go to www.Generation1Foundation.org or www.ShootForTheCureFoundation.