Twenty-five men from across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland County and lower Hudson Valley are raising awareness and funds to end breast cancer through the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. Leading this year’s effort is Jose R. Lam, PA, MBA. Vice President, Clinical Operations at White Plains Hospital who has more than doubled his fundraising goal so far. (photos: L-R Jose Lam; 2019 Class of Real Men Wear Pink of Westchester)
Men can make a huge difference in the fight against breast cancer and a distinguished group from across Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and the Hudson Valley are doing just that by wearing something pink every day throughout October to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign to help support breakthrough research to find more cures for breast cancer and provide free services and programs for patients.
The 2020 Real Men Wear Pink of Westchester Class includes the following men, and their place of business.
Dan Alicea of Yonkers, Yonkers Fire Department
Steve Apap of Patterson, George Apap Painting
Richard Blanchet of White Plains, Houlihan Lawrence
Jason Campbell, Briarcliff Manor, ENT & Allergy Associates
John Canniffe, Rye Book, Houlihan Lawrence
Matthew Corsitto, Mahopac, Best Friends Pet Care
Craig Donnelly, Harrison, Manhattanville College
Barry Fein, Tarrytown, Norcom Communications
Robert Hertman, Middletown, Law Office of Robert C. Hertman
Mark Jean, Katonah, Northern Westchester Hospital
Dhruv Kanwal, Purchase, Mastercard
Jose Lam, White Plains, White Plains Hospital
Matthew Manoni, Danbury, Ring Central
Ryan McCarthy, New Rochelle, Iona College
Peter McCartt, Eastchester, Westchester County Government
Paul Millman, White Plains, Millman Law Firm
Dr. Steve Rubinstein, Mamaroneck,Sound Shore Vision
Saad Turab Siddiqui, White Plains, Westchester County Department of Law
Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers, City of Yonkers
Joshua Stone, Yorktown, Stone Home Inspections
Thuyet To, White Plains, Mastercard
Tri Vin Imports, New Rochelle
Eric Tommasi, Nanuet, M&T Bank
Roberto Vargas, Briarcliff Manor, Pfizer
Richard Vecchio, Worby Vecchio Edelman LLP
Leading the effort so far is Jose Lam, Vice President, Clinical Operations at White Plains Hospital. Lam has more than doubled his fundraising goal and has caught the attention of supporters on the White Plains Hospital social media platforms. “Breast cancer affects everyone – it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman,” he says. To view or support Jose Lam, visit http://bit.ly/joselaminpink
The American Cancer Society created the Real Men Wear Pink campaign to engage and empower male community leaders in the fight to end breast cancer. Men of all ages are welcome to join the campaign and are asked to use their influence in the workplace, the community and on social media to raise awareness of early detection and screening. “While clothes don’t make the man, when our Real Men Wear Pink candidates commit to wearing something pink each day in October, they provide a reminder to others and illustrate unity in the breast cancer fight,” according to Anna Trocino, Senior Community Development Manager.
There are no fees to participate, but men are encouraged to raise 2,500 or more, if able. Marketing support including a custom website, resources and coaching is included. To learn more or to sign up for the 2020 class of Real Men Wear Pink candidates, please contact Anna Trocino at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 845.594.3071 or visit https://tinyurl.com/RMWPWestchester.
According to the Patti Mack, Communications Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer, an estimated 276,480 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 42,170 will die from the disease in 2020. In New York, in 2020, an estimated 17,540 women in New York will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 2,430 will succumb to the disease. Breast cancer does not just affect women. More than 2,620 men in the US are expected to be diagnosed this year and an estimated 520 are expected to die from the disease.
In addition to the Real Men Wear Pink candidates, teams, families, groups of friends, breast cancer survivors and supporters are joining the cause by participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer drive through experience at Manhattanville College on Sunday, October 18, beginning at 9am. Registration is free, though donations are greatly appreciated. For information email WestchesterNYStrides@cancer.org, call 845.594.3071 or visit MakingStridesWalk.org/Westchester.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.