The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association (WRCAA) raised $39,614.00 as Team WRCAA walked 39.3 miles in the Washington, DC, 2015 Avon 39, “The Walk to End Breast Cancer.” Team WRCAA has raised $103,432 since 2009 to help find a cure for breast cancer. Representing WRCAA on this 14-member team were: Lindsey Ashton (12,13), Tina Barnes (83,84), Terri Lamb (79-83), Melanie Nocera (96,98), Debbie Ray (74-82), Lynn Sharkey (Team Captain) (82,83), Kristie Small (11,12), Margaret Snider (87), and Barbara Strittmatter (84,85). Other team members were Charlene Finnegan, Louise McDonald, Jimmy Nocera, Dinah Rovito, and Alex Ruiz. The team walked in support of all NFL cheer sisters...the survivors; those currently battling; and those we have lost to breast cancer. Team WRCAA included fellow alum Melanie Nocera, who has been undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy, double mastectomy, and numerous other surgeries since she was diagnosed several years ago with stage 2 breast cancer. Unfortunately, Melanie had a recurrence and is now Stage 4. Melanie continues to fight this disease while being a loving wife to husband Jimmy and mother to their two young children, Anthony, 8, and Elon, 5. Though Melanie was permitted to walk only a few miles with us, her enthusiasm and smile greeted us along the route as she cheered Team WRCAA on from the sidelines (just like she did on the field) and at the finish line.
Since 1984, the WRCAA has been proudly supporting local and national charities while remaining the most active professional cheerleader alumni organization in the NFL. Determined to make a difference, Team WRCAA has held numerous fundraisers in the DC metropolitan area where support from fellow alumni, friends, and family helped the Team once again achieve Platinum fundraising status and 9th highest team fundraiser out of 300 teams in the metropolitan area. For Melanie and all others battling cancer, Team WRCAA walked united with the motto "Cheers to a cure!"