WWE’s John Cena to lay smackdown on breast cancer at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure


John Cena. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)

Break out your pink “U Can’t C Me” gear because WWE superstar John Cena is coming to town to give cancer an attitude adjustment this weekend. He’ll be acting as the grand marshal of the 2014 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, which takes place in Washington on Saturday.

“We are thrilled to have John Cena join us as Grand Marshal as I know his reach will undoubtedly bring attention to the great need in the National Capital Region,” Judy Salerno, Komen president and CEO, said in a news release. “He’s a tough competitor in the ring, but he has a special place in his heart for this cause and for our work.”

Cena isn’t the only WWE star coming to the region to fight cancer. Pro wrestling fans can also get a glimpse of WWE divas Layla El and Alicia Fox at the race.

“It is a privilege to serve as Grand Marshal of Komen’s Global Race and help raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer,” John Cena said. “We are committed to using WWE’s global platforms to further the great work that Komen does every day to help turn breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.”

Race activities are set to start at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Meanwhile, another sports giant is hoping to kick breast cancer’s butt. The Baltimore-based athletic wear giant Under Armour said Thursday that it is donating $10 million to provide infrastructure and innovation for a breast health center at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

“Under Armour is deeply honored to partner with Johns Hopkins, a pioneering organization in the advancement of health and innovation,” Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank said. “It is our mission with the Under Armour LiveWell Center to bring the best minds, technologies, and resources in the world together for breast cancer awareness and prevention.”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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