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September 1, 2021

Real Men Wear Pink set help battle breast cancer

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Most participants in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign don colorful attire, but Commissioner of Revenue Eric Maybach last year went all-in with the help of Wonderfully Made Salon in Remington.
The fourth annual Real Men Wear Pink of Fauquier County will begin in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and run through the end of the year.

The 2020 campaign raised $28,599 to help fight breast cancer, exceeding the total from the first campaign’s first two years.

A nationwide American Cancer Society fundraiser helps support cutting-edge research, free rides to treatment for cancer patients, free lodging at ACS Hope Lodges across the country for patients who need to travel out of town for treatment and a free 24/7 cancer hotline offering face-to-face video chats with cancer information specialists at 1-800-227-2345.

Fauquier County Commissioner of Revenue Eric Maybach led the fundraising here last year with $5,296. Mr. Maybach will participate again in 2021.

American Cancer Society volunteer and State Farm Insurance agent Warrenton Carmen Rivera leads the county campaign for the third consecutive year. Ms. Rivera has been recruiting participants. To join or learn more, contact her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-347-1566 or email Penny Horner at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“I’m very proud to be part of the 2021 Real Men Wear Pink campaign for the American Cancer Society for the fourth year in a row,” Ms. Rivera said. “We have some amazing, dedicated gentlemen in Fauquier County who really care about fighting breast cancer because it impacts their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters.

“The American Cancer Society is the largest non-profit funder of cancer research outside the federal government and is the leading organization in the fight against breast cancer.”

Ms. Horner, a breast cancer survivor and American Cancer Society community development manager, said: “Real Men Wear Pink of Fauquier County did an amazing job of raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer under the challenging circumstances of the pandemic last year. We are thankful for Carmen’s leadership of the campaign.

“COVID-19 put the American Cancer Society’s mission at risk for the first time in our history, creating a significant shortfall and reducing our ability to fund all cancer research. Every dollar raised by our Real Men Wear Pink of Fauquier County is more important than ever to help find new cures and save more lives from breast cancer. The American Cancer Society is the largest non-profit funder of cancer research outside the federal government.”

Men as well as women can get breast cancer. One in eight women and one in 833 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes.

For the first time, female breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide.

An estimated 284,200 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. in 2021, including about 2,650 men.

There are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

The death rate from breast cancer dropped by 41 percent from 1989 to 2018 as a result of early detection, screening, and treatment advances
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