In its second year in Rochester, the Real Men Wear Pink campaign raised $56,000 to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer.
During October, fourteen area leaders raised donations and encouraged community members to take action in the fight to end breast cancer. This group surpassed their goal of $50,000 dollars – and hope to continue to raise critical funds for the fight to end breast cancer.
Tom Dunford with Clements Chevrolet Cadillac was the campaign’s top fundraiser for the second year in a row, raising $11,349 to support the American Cancer Society and those impacted by breast cancer.
“We are grateful for all our Real Men Wear Pink participants for lending their voices to our cause,” said Elizabeth Harris, Community Manager for the American Cancer Society. “Not only did they wear pink, but they raised awareness about breast cancer and made a huge commitment to raise funds to help save more lives. Those donations help us save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support.”
The 2019 Real Men Wear Pink participants of Rochester were:
- Campaign Chair, John Eischen with Rochester Area Builders
- Top Fundraiser, Tom Dunford with Clements Chevrolet Cadillac,
- Dan Larsen with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
- Darren Groteboer with Carpet One Floor and Home
- Josh Bargfrede with MassMutual
- Jim Nicholas with Wildwood Sports Bar and Grill
- Keith Allen with Toppers Pizza
- Mike Rosek with First Alliance Credit Union
- Ron Hanson with ABC 6 News and Hubbard Broadcasting
- Dave Timm with Crossfit Credence
- Jerry Jensen with Valor Mechanical
- Tyler Utzka with KIMT News 3
- Kalan Stittleburg Trillium Spinal Care
- Mike Reps with Two Men and a Truck
Save the date for the following 2020 Real Men Wear Pink events in Rochester:
- Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020: Mardi Bras – 6 p.m. at the old Chateau downtown
- Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020: 2020 Campaign kickoff, details to follow
- Friday, Sept. 11, 2020: Targets for TaTas Sporting Clay Shoot, details to follow
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2018, an estimated 266,120 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 40,920 will die from the disease this year. In Minnesota, 4,740 women will be diagnosed this year, and 640 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.