By Stephanie Waite | Photographs from Rebekah DePretis
To help fight breast cancer, which affects both men and women, the American Cancer Society started the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.
This distinguished group of community leaders is raising awareness and funds, with each dollar going toward early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support. The 18 men who make up the Pittsburgh team are the nation’s leading fundraising group, bringing in a combined $90,610 so far. The campaign runs until the end of October, and the men are on track to raise $200,000!
(Pictured above; from left: Ron Smiley, Sean Giliberti, Dan Brennan, Dr. Steven Evans, Nick Stupakis, Ryan Smith, Dan Engen, Richard Allison, Matt Brennan, Justin Labar, Rocco Panucci, Michael Annichine, Mark Thomas, John Kohler, Nick Hickton, Dr. Dinakar Golla, and David Alan. Not pictured: Justin Thomas.)
To participate in their events and make a contribution, visit makingstrideswalk.org/realmenpittsburghpa.
At press time, Nick Stupakis, vice president of Highmark Home and Community Services, was the current top fundraiser in the U.S. for the Real Men Wear Pink campaign with $58,000 raised! “This past spring, my mom told me she was ready for us to start her third battle with cancer,” Stupakis says. “It’s hard to imagine the strength she must carry when despite this challenging fight she faces she remains the calming rock of our family. In addition to the love and support my family can provide, I believe that partnering with Real Men Wear Pink is one small way that we can take part in the fight with my mom, and everyone facing similar battles. That’s why I’m stepping up to fight breast cancer with all I have.”