During the month of October, there is a focus on breast cancer awareness and finding a cure. For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has committed to creating a world with more birthdays and less cancer. Although everyone may see a quick commercial or magazine ad, the work of the ACS extends far beyond what most people think of when it comes to “awareness.”
Communities have been changed and improved for years due to the work of the ACS. People feel empowered to know that they can reduce their risk for cancer. More than 4.6 million women in need have been helped since 1991 through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program. A comprehensive smoke-free law now covers half of the U.S. population. With accomplishments such as these, more and more volunteers and survivors have rallied together to join the fight and create partnerships to help save more lives than ever before.
The ACS helps to save lives in four ways: stay well, helping patients get well, by finding cures and fighting back. Specifically in Alabama, the ACS provided more than 5,791 rides to and from treatment for cancer patients in 2014. Additionally, 783 patients and caregivers were provided lodging the same year. Seeing statistics like these only gives a small look into how the funds raised from walks, competitions, donations and sponsorships gets put into action. In Alabama alone, more than $6.3 million is currently invested in research grants. These grants allow researchers the time and effort to discover new revelations (i.e. linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer and finding that mammography is the best way for early detection of breast cancer).
The ACS of South Alabama has started a local initiative called the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. A group of men who are leaders in the community have come together with individual fundraising goals that will benefit cancer research throughout the month of October. Bellator Real Estate and Development’s president, Troy Wilson, is among these leaders who has started his own campaign within his company called “Cooking for a Cure.” He is hosting multiple fish fry cookouts as well as collecting donations and sponsorships. Troy has raised nearly $10,000 so far and has a goal of $35,000.
There are two remaining fish fry events in October: one will take place at the Bellator Orange Beach office on Friday, October 16th, and the other will be at the Truland Homes office in Spanish Fort on Friday, October 23rd. Both will be from 11:30am-1:30pm and tickets can be purchased from any Bellator agent or at the respective offices.
If you would like to know more information about the American Cancer Society, please visit www.cancer.org. If you would like to know more about the Real Men Wear Pink campaign, please visit BellatorAL.com/PINK.
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