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Video: A Man’s Pink Video For The Pink Well Challenge


On October 17, 2011 The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation announced 30 finalists in the Pink Well Challenge, a fundraising effort offering $1 million in matching grants to organizations engaged in breast cancer research, prevention, treatment and patient support throughout the U.S.   Dreamed up by Texas oilman, philanthropist and two-time cancer survivor Lester H. Smith, the Pink Well Challenge is symbolized by an active pump jack (oil well) in the heart of West Texas painted bright pink. Smith says it represents how he is using proceeds from his energy industry successes to “pay it forward” in supporting breast cancer research and patient care.  A Man’s Pink was chosen as one of the finalists.


 All finalists were required to produce a video which was hosted on the Pink Well Challenge website from Jan. 16 th to May 15th 2012. A Man’s Pink video includes a brief description of our mission along with a cross-section of 19 men diagnosed with breast cancer from the United States, Canada, Australia and England accompanied, in the background, by portions of two male breast cancer songs, That’s Why We’ve Added the Blue (Wagner & Pollard) and In Pink There is a Shade of Blue (Pollard & Mitchell) that were written and recorded for the video.  The full versions of the songs will be available on CD in March 2012.

The Pink Well Challenge provided us with a fantastic opportunity to fulfill our mission to increase MBC awareness and thereby afford men diagnosed with breast cancer the same survival rates as for women.  We were very successful in our initial fund raising efforts and thank the Pink Well Challenge for their matching donations in both Canada and the United States.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

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Tampa Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival 2011

In April I was graciously invited to paddle with Warriors on Water, the Orlando based breast cancer dragon boat team at the 9th Annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races on April 28th, 2012.

It was an absoutely beautiful day and a tremendous experience. The WOW team placed second in the breast cancer cup race (four breast cancer teams) which was won by the Save Our Sisters team from Miami FL (placing second by only 1.6 seconds). Thank you WOW ladies for allowing me to be part of your experience.

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6th World Conference on Breast Cancer

On November 27 2010, I received a request from the World Conference on Breast Cancer Foundation (WCBCF) to submit as abstract to present a talk on male breast cancer (MBC) at the 6th World Conference on Breast Cancer (WCBC) to be held in Hamilton,Ontario from June 7-11, 2011.  The abstract was accepted.

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Pink Fire Trucks at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa FL

On September 29th 2010 I personally met up again with Dave, the “Pink Fire Trucks” and the fireman and women who were supporting the tour during their fundraising visit to theMoffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida.  They are exceptional individuals committed to supporting all women in their fight against cancer.  The uniqueness of this tour is that it is completely supported by fireman and women who volunteer their personal vacation time to support Dave and his very important, outstanding mission.  All monies raised at the event are distributed to local, non-profit charities.

I was very fortunate to receive permission from Dave to attach our male breast cancer lapel pins to the seats of the four Pink Fire Trucks on display in Tampa.  As shown in the photos below, this is truly an inspirational experience, especially for anyone who has been touched by cancer.

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Pink Fire Trucks in St. Petersburgh FL

In August 2010 after seeing the “Pink Fire Trucks” as part of the “Pink Heals Tour” inEden Prairie MN, Rick Pratt a male breast cancer survivor from New Hope MN, informed me about this organization.  Subsequently I spoke with Dave Graybill, the founder of `the “Pink Heals Tour” and made arrangements to meet him personally when the tour visited St. Petersburg Florida in September.
On September 28th 2010 I personally met Dave, the “Pink Fire Trucks” and the fireman and women who were supporting the tour during their fundraising visit to St. PetersburgFlorida.  They are exceptional individuals committed to supporting all women in their fight against cancer.  The uniqueness of this tour is that it is completely supported by fireman and women who volunteer their personal vacation time to support Dave and his very important, outstanding mission.  All monies raised at the event are distributed to local, non-profit charities.  As shown in the photos below, this is truly an inspirational experience, especially for anyone who has been touched by cancer.

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Video: Hernando County Board Of Commissioners 2010

On September 12, 2010 the Hernando County Commission introduced Hernando County Resolution 2010-137 to establish October 17th -23rd 2010 as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Hernando County Florida. 

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International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival Peterbourgh 2010

On June 11-13, 2010 Peterbourgh’s breast cancer dragon boat team, Survivors Abreast under the auspices International Breast Cancer Paddler’s Commission (IBCPC) hosted the third International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival on Little Lake at Del Crary Park in downtown Peterbourgh.  The primary objective of IBCPC festivals is to promote breast cancer awareness internationally and to encourage participation from breast cancer survivors.

The event, which included 75 breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams from 7 countries (Australia. Canada, England, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, The United States) was an unprecedented success.

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