Real Men Wear Pink Campaign: Men from across Community raising Awareness and Funds in the fight to end Breast Cancer
Real Men Wear Pink: Front (L – R) Dr. Jim Donaghey, Dr. Stephen Greenleaf, Robert Matthews, Kenny Crow (Chair); 2nd (L – R) Danny Rickert (on side), Joey Bailey, Bryan Pape, Jay Ross, Steve Scarcliff; 3rd (L-R) David McGrath (side), Michael Muscat, Allen Ladd, Amin Rathle, Dr. Raoul Richardson, Clay Godwin; Far Back (L-R) Michael Lightcap, John Wimsatt, Kelly Cummings, Danny Corte, Jamie Rutherford, Jason Carter (side behind Clay Godwin) Photo courtesy of Jill Beard
In South Alabama, prominent area men will take a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. Local male leaders who are participating in the campaign will be announced at this event, which will kick start their efforts to fundraise for the Making Strides event and raise awareness for breast cancer by wearing pink throughout the month of October.
On Thursday, August 2nd at The Pillars of Mobile, the men were introduced at a "Reveal" reception. Joey Bailey, Jason Caffey, Jason Carter, Danny Corte, Kelly Cummings, Dr. Jim Donaghey II, Clay Godwin, Dr. Stephen Greenleaf, Alvin Hope, Allen Ladd, Michael Lightcap, Robert Matthews, David McGrat, Michael Muscat, Bryan Pape, Amin Rathle, Dr. Raoul Richardson, Danny Rickert, Dr. Max Rogers, Jay Ross, Jamie Rutherford, Steven Scarcliff, Win Stuardi III, Benton Thompson, John Wimsatt, Kenny Crow, Ray Mayhall, Ben Kennemer
It takes everyone to create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer – both women and men alike. In an effort to create a unique platform to invite men to show support for this important cause, the American Cancer Society is engaging and empowering male community leaders in the fight against breast cancer through the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Each Real Men Wear Pink candidate is charged with a fundraising challenge and competes to be the top fundraiser among the other candidates by the end of the campaign.
Last year, the Real Men in South Alabama raised $121,000.
While this campaign is a fundraising initiative, it also provides strong awareness efforts in the local community or the American Cancer Society and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program. Since 1993, more than 12 million Making Strides Against Breast Cancer participants have helped raise more than $750 million to create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer. The noncompetitive three- to five-mile walks are held in nearly 300 communities nationwide.
Last year across the country, more than 200 events raised more than $60 million, including 8,500 walkers raising over 197,300 in South Alabama. Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast cancer research; promoting education and risk reduction; and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.
This year’s Making Strides Walk in South Alabama will be held Saturday, October 27 at Bienville Square. For more information about breast cancer or the Making Strides Walk in South Alabama, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/MobileAL or call 251-414-1307.
Ty Bullard of Joe Bullard Automotive Group, Presenting Sponsor, and Starla Goff, cancer survivor; John Wimsatt. Real Men Wear Pink. Store Manager, Tillman’s Corner WalMart.; Jill Beard and Noelle Black