The American Cancer Society of Oklahoma kicks off its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign this month with two main events.
The Real Men Wear Pink Kickoff Party will be Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Paramount Room, 701 W. Sheridan Ave in Oklahoma City beginning at 6 p.m.
Every year, an elite group of Oklahoma City businessmen join the fight against breast cancer by pledging to wear pink every day throughout October. It can be a shirt, pocket square, even socks. These ambassadors will create awareness about the Walk, and they will also commit to raising a minimum of $2,500.
“When someone makes the comment about the pink, it is our opportunity to educate and spread the word of how every dollar helps,” said Randy Nance, Chair of this year’s campaign. “If we do not find a cure, many women and men we all know and love are subject to being stricken with this terrible disease.”
Nance says while the monetary goal is vital, so is raising awareness and bringing more people into the mix.
“If volunteers can give of their time, talent and resources toward finding a cure, in my books that is just as much a win and a successful campaign,” he said. “My wife lost one sister to breast cancer, and she has another sister who had a double mastectomy, so the gene is one that is prevalent in her family. I am greatly concerned about her health and would welcome the discovery of a cure sooner rather than later. That’s why I am committed to supporting ACS and Real Men Wear Pink.”
The second event is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Breakfast. It will be Thursday, Aug. 22 at 21C Hotel, 900 W. Main St, in Oklahoma City beginning at 7 a.m.
“This breakfast is a fun yet touching way to bring together cancer survivors as well as honor those we have lost,” said Alicia Jackson, ACS Community Development Manager. “We carefully select individuals each year to serve as our ‘Portraits of Hope,’ and this is our first year to select a male survivor. These ambassadors will share their journey and offer guidance to others who may be going through the same experience. The breakfast is always a lot of fun, so we hope cancer survivors will come out and join us.”
Both the Real Men Wear Pink and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff events are free and open to the public. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Alicia Jackson at Alicia.Jackson@cancer.org
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5 K Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Wheeler District, 1701 S. Western, beginning at 8 a.m.
Additional information on the American Cancer Society and its services can be found at www.cancer.org
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