By Chuck Pool (cpool@Rice.edu) -
Cory Klingler has worn pink as part of his football uniform for several years now as part of Breast Cancer Awareness activities both in high school and at Rice, but when he takes the field on Saturday for the Owls’ 97th Homecoming Game, he will do so in an entirely new set of circumstances.
Klingler will make his sixth start of the year and his third at center when the Owls host Prairie View at 2:30 at Rice Stadium and he will do so with pink R’s on his helmet and with a mother, Tracey, who is in remission after completing treatments for breast cancer.
“In high school we had worn pink and I had thought it was a cool trend,” Klingler said. “But as soon as we started going through this (his mother’s treatments) it had a lot more meaning closer to my heart because someone in my family had battled through it and beat it. It’s something that I will wear proudly to represent my family as well as everyone else who has to fight through this.”
Here is Klingler talking in depth about the experience of his mother battling breast cancer: