CDTA Pink Bus Pull benefits "Real Men Wear Pink Capital Region" campaign

October 18, 2018 11:54 PM

GUILDERLAND - When the CDTA launched the Pink Bus Pull last year to raise money for breast cancer research they weren't sure how the community would respond.  

"We learned right before the bus pull that the Real Men Wear Pink campaign for the Capital Region is the number one campaign in the country," Jaime Kazlo Watson said, CDTA Communications Director.

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Our area beat out 300 campaigns across the nation, to raise more than $150,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.

"In just two years it has taken off so much, and the enthusiasm that is surrounding this is it something you wish you could bottle up," Kazlo Watson said.  

Ten teams of at least 8 people donated $100 per team to try their hand at pulling a 40,000 pound bus.

Among them, people in some way touched by breast cancer.  

"As we've been doing this campaign you learned of the stories, you get to talk to the employees about their personal stories and it is amazing how many people at CDTA and obviously in our community that are impacted by this disease," Kazlo Watson said.

Like Ryan Stever and his team, aptly named "Big or Small, Save Them All."

"Our mom had cancer this year so we came out, my brother was like can we do a cancer pull and I was like yeah, definitely," Stever said.

Stever says his mom is now in remission but he has other family members and friends who are going through treatment and that's why he joined others to be a part of the "Real Men Wear Pink Capital Region" campaign.

"I hope they're pretty proud, I hope everybody out there is, I know it's for a great cause," Stever said.

As for who pulled the bus the fastest, UAlbany Coach Will Brown and members of the Great Danes Basketball team took home that recognition.  

If you'd like to donate to the "Real Men Wear Pink Capital Region" campaign, click here.


Karen Tararache

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