Think pink this month

October 01, 2019 01:05 PM

ALBANY – It’s not only the first of October, it's the beginning of "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." And to mark the day, the Capital Region began its "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign with a gathering at the Albany Capital Center.

"We know we want to be that top campaign in the country and by coming together that's the best way we can accomplish it,” said Anthony Marino, VP with the Northeastern NY Chapter of the American Cancer Society. He was sporting a pink shirt and pink pants. Other community leaders gathering had pink sneakers, blazers, ties (lots of pink ties), and lapel pins.


"The great thing about the month of October is it gets people talking, they're having those conversations, that reminder to talk to your physician, talk to a loved one or a family member and for us that's so important on top of the work that we do each day,” Marino said.
Despite the rain, the "Real Men" signed the special CDTA bus parked out front. Last year, the fundraising effort raised $260,000, the second highest amount of any region of the country, behind Cincinnati. Farzad Sani of the Capital Region raised $54,383 as third overall in the country only behind Grant Navarre from Southwest Louisiana ($75,350) and Jeffrey Sheehan of Oakland County ($91,206).

A top business involved is Camelot Printing. Founded in 1997, it’s the second year it has a team of men involved. The 52 employees will partake in an event nearly every day of the month. Click here for the fundraising page. Also on the Camelot team is WNYT sportscaster Chris Onorato.

"We're competing against the country,” said BJ Rucinski, VP of Operations for Camelot. “We do things a little different here in the Capital Region, we all gang together and help each other so we go to everybody's event."

Said Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive: "Women love guys in pink so it shows that you can wear pink and you're manly enough to do it so don't be afraid.”

Others at the event: Bob Blackman from Howard Hanna Realty, Jason Gough, former WNYT meteorologist, and the Baker PR firm.


WNYT Staff

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