Shaun Gines, Senior Community Manager for the American Cancer Society and Gina McAleese, Senior Community Manager for Making Strides discussed breast cancer and the Society’s programming. We talked numbers, it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, but death rates are decreasing in part due to their work in screening. We discussed the disparity in treatment and death rates for women of color and ways to prevent it through diet, exercise and avoiding alcohol and tobacco. They noted they are a leading funder, second only to the US government, in supporting research with over 69 million in breast cancer research alone, a dedication to new projects until they become eligible for major funding. Gina spoke about local programming that includes Road to Recovery volunteer rides to treatment, their Hope Lodges for patients receiving treatment away from home and their wig fittings, offering free wigs to patients.
We also discussed upcoming Making Strides events to support their work, including a televised ‘Virtually YOUNITED’ broadcast on ABC and Telemundo October 15th, a Pink Car Parade in at the 76ers Fieldhouse October 25th and this year’s virtual Making Strides for Greater Philadelphia and South New Jersey on October 15th. We are encouraged to form a team, or join as an individual, and drive, walk or even jog in support of Making Strides.
In addition to the virtual events, men in leadership roles are being solicited to wear pink during October to show support and to raise awareness – and funds – for Making Strides. Real Men Wear Pink is an annual ‘bragging rights’ competition that give valuable support to breast cancer awareness and funding for programming and research.