In its second year in Indian River County, 17 prominent area men have taken a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Indian River through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.
The 2017 “Real Men” of Indian River County were revealed during the band break at Sunset Saturday Night at Humiston Park on August 12. Our Real Men are:
Victor Basile (Director of Operations at Hope Imaging)
Dr. Hal Brown (Physician at Primary Care of Treasure Coast)
David Currey (Chief of Police of the Vero Beach Police Department)
Eric Flowers (Major, IRCSO)
Jason Frandsen (General Manager of Grand Harbor)
Tim Girard (CEO and President of Girard Equipment)
Jonathan Hardie (Executive Manager at Dyer Auto Group)
Matt Marcorelle (Owner of Rentless Gym)
David Nolte (IRC Property Appraiser)
Nick Novak (Owner of Southern Social)
Peter O’Bryan (IRC Commissioner)
Dr. Raj Rajpara (Radiation Oncologist at 21st Century/ SFRO)
Dr. Mark Rendell (Superintendent, School District of Indian River County)
Harold Schwartz (Breast Cancer Survivor)
Alex Soares (Vero Beach Heritage Center Director)
Aaron Van Johnson (Business, Real Estate, & Family Lawyer at Collins Brown Barkett Garavaglia & Lawn, Chartered)
Andy White (Senior Vice President of Northern Trust)
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. The Real Men Wear Pink participants are featured at Makingstrides.org/realmenindianrivercofl. The campaign will run through the end of October. Go to the website and vote with a donation to the Real Man of your choice!
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Indian River is presented by Florida Cancer Specialists and Florida Health Care Specialists. For information about the walk visit MakingStridesWalk.org/indianriverfl or call 772-562-2272.
“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 Jenny Davis, Community Manager or 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. The Real Men Wear Pink participants are featured at www.MakingStridesWalk.org/RealmenIndianRivercoFL. The campaign will run from the beginning of August through the end of October.
“I am glad to contribute to the efforts to raise money for breast cancer research, early prevention and detection, and patient support! No one should have to face a breast cancer diagnosis alone,” said David Currey, Vero Beach Chief of Police. “That’s why I became a candidate in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. This is a cause I personally believe in, my mother, sister, and mother-in-law are breast cancer survivors. and as a candidate, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for the Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts.”
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 40,610 will die from the disease this year. In Florida 18,170 women will be diagnosed this year and 2,910 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.
“Our community will make a huge impact in the fight against breast cancer,” said Jenny Davis. “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.”
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Indian River is presented by Florida Cancer Specialists and Florida Healthcare Specialists. For information about the walk, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/indianriverfl or call 772-562-2272. For information about breast cancer or any other cancer related questions, visit www.cancer.org or call 800-227-2345.
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About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. 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 and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org..