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Meet the Real Men Wear Pink candidates of Fairfield County

Men from across Fairfield County are set to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign 

Even the flash floods on September 25 could not keep local men from rising to the occasion and signing on to be candidates for this year’s “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign in Fairfield County, CT.  The American Cancer Society program recruits men to show support and involvement in the breast cancer issue.    Candidates were announced at the Real Men Wear Pink Reveal Event on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Maserati of Westport. 

Highlighting the campaign is the debut of the 2018 Westport Police Car, emblazoned with pink wrap and ribbons in support of breast cancer awareness month.  Westport Police Chief, Foti Koskinas, a leading Real Man of 2017, is back on board as a Real Men Wear Pink candidate

Throughout the month of October, Real Men Wear Pink candidates will encourage women in their lives and in the community to act in the fight against breast cancer and will commit to wearing something with pink every day throughout the month. “In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about the breast cancer issue, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from breast cancer,” said Taylor Filanowski

Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. “Funds raised allow the Society to be there for those touched by breast cancer, from research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, the Society provides support to everyone impacted by the disease. Every action we take moves us one step closer to a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.”

So far, this year’s candidates include:

  • Adam Cognetta, Vice President, Choyce Peterson, Inc.
  • Craig Landau, CEO, Purdue Pharma
  • Marcelo Bigal, Chief Medical Officer, Purdue Pharma
  • Adonis Filpo, Director of Marketing, LCB Senior Living
  • Tim Coughlin, Sales Manager, Miller Motorcars
  • Dominick Bay Pagliaro, Vice President, AXA Equitable
  • JP Licari, Owner, Licari Floral Designs by JP
  • Dan Adamcheck, Regional Director, Chevrolet
  • Mike Mozingo, Regional Business Operation Director, General Motors
  • Joe Barbetta, AXA Advisors
  • Jim Keenan, Founder, Chowdafest

 Each Real Men Wear Pink candidate is charged with a fundraising challenge and will compete to be the top fundraiser among the other candidates by the end of the campaign. To support these candidates, a complete list of the Real Men Wear Pink candidates and link to their fundraising pages can be found out here

Last year, more than 20 men participated in the campaign, raising more than 60,000 to fight breast cancer. 

In addition to the Real Men Wear Pink candidates, teams, families, groups of friends, breast cancer survivors and supporters are joining the cause by participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 14 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.  Registration is free, though donations are greatly appreciated.  Please visit MakingStridesWalk.org/Fairfield or call 800-227-2345. 
About Real Men Wear Pink campaign

Breast cancer doesn’t just affect women. Thousands of men are diagnosed with the disease in the US every year. And so are more than 266,000 of their daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and friends. The American Cancer Society created the Real Men Wear Pink campaign to engage and empower male community leaders in the fight to end breast cancer. Each Real Men Wear Pink participant accepts a fundraising challenge and competes to be the top fundraiser among his peers by the end of the campaign. 

While this campaign is a fundraising initiative, it also provides strong awareness efforts in the local community for the American Cancer Society and its efforts to save lives from breast cancer. Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support. For more information about breast cancer, visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345. 

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Since 1993, more than 12 million Making Strides Against Breast Cancer participants have helped raise more than $750 million to create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer. The noncompetitive walks are held in nearly 300 communities nationwide. Last year, 1.4 million walkers raised more than $60 million. Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society ensure no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast cancer research; promoting education and risk reduction; and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most. For more information about breast cancer or the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk MakingStridesWalk.org or call 800-227-2345. 

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