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Breast Cancer Awareness Month hits home for Carr, Escobar

Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) lost his mother, Kathy, to cancer last year.
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) lost his mother, Kathy, to cancer last year. AP

The sting of Sunday night’s loss at New Orleans hasn’t left Brandon Carr or Gavin Escobar yet.

But they found an escape Monday by giving back and raising awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Belk inside Galleria Dallas. Both were part of a Cowboys’ contingent encouraging fans to participate in the upcoming Susan G. Komen Dallas County Race for the Cure later this month.

Cancer is a subject that touches both on a personal level.

Carr’s mom, Kathy, lost her battle with cancer in July 2014. Escobar was diagnosed with testicular cancer his freshman season at San Diego State, but it has since gone into remission.

“It’s very important to raise awareness of breast cancer, of this issue, of this topic, for women of all ages,” Carr said. “As we all know, the earlier you can detect it, the better your chances of fighting it.”

Escobar is celebrating five years of being cancer free.

“It’s great,” the tight end said. “It really hits home for me, so I’m always on board for the cancer stuff. It’s great to help spread awareness.”

Carr and Escobar were joined by teammates Morris Claiborne and Randy Gregory in raising awareness. Neither Claiborne nor Gregory have been personally affected by cancer, but that didn’t stop them from jumping at an opportunity to give back.

“I’m always trying to figure out different ways to give back to the community,” Gregory said. “It’s a big deal to do stuff like this when we can.”

Added Claiborne: “It’s very important to give back. They’re fighting for their life every single day, and you gravitate toward those people.”