American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign Begins

American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign Begins


YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE WILL GO THE EXTRA MILE TO HELP OTHERS AND THAT’S THE CASE WITH OUR GOOD FRIEND RON SMILEY. HE’S DEDICATED HIMSELF TO HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE REAL MEN WEAR PINK. HE’S MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER AND THE WALK AND NOW HE’S HERE WITH US THIS MORNING AND THEY’RE TELLING US WHAT THEY’RE UP TO AND WHY. WELCOME NICK STEW PACK CAST — AND HE’S THE LEADS FUNDRAISER HERE, UNBELIEVABLE. THANK YOU. LEADING THE COUNTRY? YEAH,. BY HOW MUCH? AROUND 46,000, SO WE HAVE ANOTHER 20,000 AND WE’RE HOPING TO GET TO 60,000, BUT WITH ALL THE REAL MEN, OVER 100,000. YOU’RE DOING ABOUT THAT, RIGHT, RON? [ LAUGHTER ] SO NICK, HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU DONE IT? I WAS NOMINATED THIS YEAR. SO, WOW, TELL US ABOUT HOW THE IDEA CAME ABOUT. WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TAKE ON THIS CAUSE? WELL, FOR ME MYSELF, BEING IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD, IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. YOU SEE THE FIGHT THAT SO MANY GO THROUGH EVERY DAY AND YOU TAKE AND FEEL RESPONSIBLE THAT YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR TIME AND TALENTS TO REALLY HELP OUT ALL THE PATIENTS. WHEN YOU BECOME A CONSUMER OF IT, MY MOM IS GOING THROUGH HER THIRD FIGHT WITH CANCER AND ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT THAT WE GIVE HER. HOW IS SHE DOING? SHE’S A GREEK LADY AND FIGHTING. WE’LL KEEP HER IN OUR PRAYERS. THANK YOU. MY MOM IS DEALING WITH CANCER AND I LOST A LOT OF PEOPLE, TO CANCER. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT, PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY IT. SO, TO BE ASKED TO HELP TO DO ANYTHING TO TRY TO RAISE MONEY, IT WAS JUST A PRIVILEGE. I KNOW YOU HAD A BIG IMPACT ON THE CROWD AT THE MC EVENT THAT YOU DID, BECAUSE YOU SHARED THAT STORY WITH SO MANY AND PEOPLE CAN REALLY RELATE. I THINK WE’RE GEARING UP AND IT FEELS WEIRD, JUST 10 MORE WEEKS TO GO, BUT REALLY STARTING TO GEAR UP AND MOVING FORWARDWITH THE FUNDRAISING. WELL, AND LET’S FACE IT, YOU LIKE PINK, RIGHT? [ LAUGHTER ] WELL, YEAH, MY WARDROBE IS UP IN THE PINK. HAVE THERE BEEN IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CANCER RESEARCH? WE HAVE LOOKED AT THE TREATMENTS AND THE PREVENTION IS SUCH A KEY POINT, BUT THERE’S SO MANY WAYS NOW THAT WE CAN FIGHT THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE AND SO MANY CHARITIES THAT GIVE QUALITY OF LIFE TO PEOPLE GOING THROUGH IT AND THE FUNDS HAVE BEEN SUPPORTIVE AND HAVE GONE TO GOOD USE. IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT THE MONEY ISN’T JUST FOR RESEARCH, IT’S ALSO FOR RIDES FOR CANCER PATIENTS TO GET WHERE THEY NEED TO GO FOR TREATMENT AND MAKE UP AND WIGS TO MAKE WOMEN OR WHOEVER IS GOING THROUGH IT TO FEEL COMFORTABLE. IT’S FAMILY BEING BEHIND YOU THAT GIVES THAT YOU EXTRA PUSH AND THAT IS ALSO HELPED WITH THE MONEY. 250,000 NEW DIAGNOSES ARE EXPECTED THIS YEAR AND 11,300 HERE. SO WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, BUT THEY ESTIMATE 40,000 DEATHS OF BREAST CANCER THIS YEAR. DON’T FORGET THAT MEN ALSO GET IT, IT’S NOT AS COMMON, BUT SOMETHING THAT MEN GO THROUGH AS WELL. WHAT TYPICALLY IS THE — ONCE THE DIAGNOSIS IS MADE FOR BOTH OF THIS QUESTION, I’LL THROW IT OUT, WHAT ARE THE STAGES THAT FOLKS HAVE TO GO THROUGH AND HOW PAINFUL IS IT AND HOW LONG DOES IT LAST? WELL, THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS — WE WERE LISTENING TO SURVIVORS AND THEY SAID, UNTIL YOU’RE GOING THROUGH IT, YOU REALLY JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IS AT STAKE AND SOMETIMES THAT’S THE HELPFUL THING THAT THE MONEY WE’RE RAISING GOES THROUGH NETWORK THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING THROUGH IT AND THE SURVIVORS AND THOSE THATHAVE BEEN THROUGH IT BEFORE. I DON’T THINK THAT NICK OR MYSELF WOULD SAY WE UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH, BUT WE CAN SUPPORT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND BE THERE WHEN YOU NEED US TO BE. SO YOU GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT THING FOR THIS, WEAR PINK. THIS IS ALL LEADING UP TO THE STRIDES AGAINST CANCERRER AND. YES — CANCER — SO OCTOBER 31ST AND THROUGH THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, YOU’LL SEE US WEAR A LOT OF PINK AS A REMINDER THAT WE’RE RAISING MONEY FOR THIS EVENT. SO WE SAID, WE’RE STARTING OFF AT 2500 AND TRYING TO RAISE MORE, LIKE NICK. RIGHT, HE’S A SUPER STAR. THEY’RE ON THEIR 20TH OF THE 40TH LAP AND SOME OF US ARE STILL GETTING THERE, BUT EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS AND MAN, I THINK ALL THE MEN AND GUYS, WE’RE ALL MARVELED BY WHAT NICK IS DOING AND IT’S KIND OF SYMBOLIC JUST BEING ALL TOGETHER AND DOING THIS. RIGHT AND THE BIG WALK IS WHEN? OCTOBER? . YEAH, BEGINNING OF THE OCTOBER. THE EACH REAL MAN WEARS THE PINK AND THEY WILL PROBABLY HAVE 18 TO 20 EVENTS HERE AND FOR US, WE’RE HAVING A GREEK FESTIVAL AND HAVING A BUNCH OF BOOZE AND FUN AND DANCING, SO I THINK A LOT OF EVENTS IN OCTOBER. YOU’LL GET A LOT OF PEOPLETHERE AND YOUR GOAL 60,000. YEAH, MINE IS 60,000 AND WE’RE TRYING TO PUSH TO 200,000 WITH OUR GROUP. GUYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU’RE DOING. YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT NICK, RON AND ALL THE OTHER GUYS THAT ARE STEPPING UP TO HELP IN THE REAL MEN CAMPAIGN, YOU CAN ALSO HELP OUT WITH THAT EVENT ON

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