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Real Men Wear Pink participants named, campaign focuses on breast cancer awareness

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The Real Men Wear Pink Campaign participants were revealed Thursday at an event hosted by The Met in downtown Lima. Photo courtesy Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Lima, OH Facebook page.

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Lima announces inaugural ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign

Staff Reports

LIMA – In its inaugural year in Lima, 12 prominent area men are taking a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Lima through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

Participating community members:

  • retired business owner Pat Huber
  • Louis Jennings with Lima UAW 1219
  • iHeart Radio’s Todd Walker
  • Jed Metzger with the Allen County Chamber of Commerce
  • Biggby Coffee owner Adam Rector
  • St. Rita’s Medical Center physical therapist Dan Karapondo
  • The Lima News publisher Doug Olsson
  • Hardin County Chamber of Commerce president Jon Cross
  • Tom Ahl with Tom Ahl Dealership
  • Jonathan Lewis with the Lewis Family McDonald’s of Lima
  • WLIO anchor Jeff Gunter
  • patrolman Justin Wireman with the Lima Police Department

Throughout the month of October, these 12 Real Men Wear Pink candidates will encourage friends, co-workers and loved ones 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 Karla Batt, Community Engagement Coordinator 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.

These men were nominated by close friends and co-workers; fundraising begins Aug. 1; competition between the candidates will finish up on Oct. 31.

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.

“Our community can make a huge impact in the fight against breast cancer,” said Jesse Purcell, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event 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.”

In addition the community is welcome to attend our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick Off on Thursday, Aug 11 at the Holiday Inn and Suites on South Leonard Ave. from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

We will be going over details about our October 15 event.

For more information about breast cancer or the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Lima, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/lima or call 800-227-6446 X5217.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress,14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.