Thursday October 13, 2016
In its inaugural year in Chittenden County, nine prominent area men will take a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chittenden County through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Throughout the month of October, Real Men Wear Pink candidates will encourage women in their lives and in the community to take action in the fight against breast cancer.
“These Real Men Wear Pink ambassadors will be wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer issues and the community walk that celebrates survivorship and raises funds to help end the disease,” said Jennifer Clark, community manager for the ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 16 at Veterans Memorial Park in South Burlington. “Women can reduce their risk for breast cancer through a healthy diet, exercise, and not smoking, and they can find breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable, by following recommended screening guidelines. For those touched by the disease, the ACS is there to help, from research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery.”
“No one should have to face a breast cancer diagnosis alone,” said Shawn Bartlett, general manager, Jolley Associates. “That’s why I joined the ACS in support of their lifesaving work by participating in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. This is a cause I personally believe in, and as an ambassador, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for the Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts.”
“I support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the Real Men Wear Pink campaign in honor and memory of the many members and employees of NorthCountry whose lives have been touched by breast cancer,” said Bob Morgan, CEO of NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, a seven-year flagship sponsor of the Making Strides walk in Chittenden County. “Taking action to help improve the health of women in our community is a commitment I am proud to make.”
The 2016 Real Men Wear Pink candidates are: Shawn Bartlett, Mike Curkov, morning news anchor, Local 22 & Local 44; Kyle Dodson, president and CEO Greater Burlington YMCA; Torrance Gaucher, weekend meteorologist, Local 22 & Local 44; Dr. Ted James, chief of Breast Surgical Oncology, Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston and member of the ACS New England Division Board of Directors; Steve Manney, sports reporter, Local 22 &Local 44; Bob Morgan, CEO of NorthCountry Federal Credit Union; Sean Parker, chief meteorologist, Local 22 & Local 44; and Ron Redmond, executive director of Church Street Marketplace.
According to the ACS 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. In Vermont, an estimated 580 women will be diagnosed this year and 70 will die from the disease. 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 Clark. “We are grateful to our Real Men Wear Pink ambassadors for lending their voices to our cause and fighting for everyone touched by breast cancer.”
For more information about Real Men Wear Pink, or to make a donation, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/realmenvermont. To learn more about breast cancer or the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk of Chittenden County, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/chittendencountyvt, cancer.org, or call 800-227-2345.