Local men raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research

In its second year in the Tennessee Valley area, prominent area men will take a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society through their participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Throughout the month of October, Real Men Wear Pink candidates will encourage men and women in their lives and in the community to take action in the fight against breast cancer.

“In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer issues, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from breast cancer,” said Kaki Morrow, Development Manager of Distinguished Events for the American Cancer Society. “Funds raised allow the Society to be there for those touched by breast cancer, from research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, the Society provides support to everyone impacted by the disease. Every action we take moves us one step closer to a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.”

Each Real Men Wear Pink candidate is charged with a fundraising challenge and will compete to be the top fundraiser among the other candidates by the end of the campaign.

“Unfortunately, we all have been affected directly or indirectly by cancer, and no one should have to face a breast cancer diagnosis alone,” said Michael Cox. “That’s why I joined the campaign in support of their lifesaving work. This is a cause I personally believe in, and as a candidate, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for the Society’s efforts.”

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The 2016 Real Men Wear Pink candidates are: Bart Siniard (Siniard, Timberlake, and League, P.C.), Buzz Stephens (Star 99.1), Caleb Ficken (Thrivent Financial), Carl Holden (Zellus Marketing), Chase Gallimore (WZDX News), Conrad Thompson (1st Family Mortgage), Cullen (YouTube personality), Ed Gaines & Rick Lee (Sunny 98.1), Dr. Jack Gleason (Center for Cancer Care), Jason Padgett (Rockstar Personnel), Jay Cobb (Intergraph/Hexagon SI), Jimbo & Casio (Rocket 95.1), Jim Brown (Coldwell Banker of the Valley), Joe Martin (Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp), Jonathan Fowler  (Redstone Federal Credit Union), Joshua McAlister (Thomas HVAC), Kam Walker, Kenny Anderson (City of Huntsville), Michael Cox (Petz Carlton), Nick Morrow, and Dr. Peter Wilson (along with his colleagues at General Surgery Associates of Huntsville). You can read more about these men by visiting makingstrideswalk.org/RealMenRocketCity

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While the campaign officially launches October 1, many men have gotten a head start on their fundraising campaign; to date, almost $2,000 has already been raised. The wrap-up party will be held at Amendment 21 on November 15th; campaign results will be announced and top fundraising prizes will be awarded. Prize donors include Cabela’s, Blue Pants Brewery, and much more.

According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, an estimated 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 40,450 will die from the disease this year. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer.

“Our community can make a huge impact in the fight against breast cancer,” said Morrow, Real Men Wear Pink campaign manager. “We are grateful to our Real Men Wear Pink participants for lending their voices to our cause and fighting for everyone touched by breast cancer.”

The American Cancer Society is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing funding for education, advocacy, research, and services for cancer patients, caregivers, and the communities that support them.

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