Jeffrey Sheehan of Oakland, Michigan, earns the title of Top Real Men Wear Pink fundraiser of 2018
Like so many of our Real Men Wear Pink candidates, Jeffrey's fight against cancer is personal. He recently lost one of his dearest friends in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry to breast cancer. The more than $91,000 he was able to raise through his network of friends, family, and colleagues will make a difference for those that hear the words, "You have breast cancer."
Jeffrey was nominated by 2017 Real Men Wear Pink ambassador Matt Bergstrom, co-owner of Thornton & Grooms Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing. After losing one of his close friends to breast cancer in 2016, Jeffrey was ready to participate. The Real Men Wear Pink campaign was a way he could help fund the mission of American Cancer Society including our research and patient services.
"So many people in my life have been touched by cancer. Although I haven't had someone in my immediate family affected, I have had many friends lives impacted," said Jeffrey. "ACS provides services to so many people already struggling with one of life's messiest challenges. They provide free information and services when and where people need it."
His desire to help others who are fighting breast cancer inspired those around him to support his efforts. By sharing the resources that American Cancer Society provides to communities nationwide, Jeffrey provided his supporters with the "why".
"The key to my success was communicating that I was participating in RMWP and why," said Jeffrey. "Cancer touches everyone. The more we can bring awareness to ACS, the more resources we can help ACS provide. Cancer is scary, but we need to talk about it more."
More than just a Real Men Wear Pink candidate, Jeffrey is someone you want to get to know.
Originally from California, Jeffrey grew up in a large family and is one of seven children. In 1997, he moved from sunny California to Detroit, Michigan, to open his first of many Johnstone Supply locations. Many years later, Johnstone Supply is the top cooperative wholesale HVAC/R distributor in the country and a recognized national leader in the HVAC/R industry. Jeffrey currently serves as the president of the Johnstone Supply Eastern Michigan Group and chairman of the Board for the Johnstone Cooperative. Jeffrey is seen as a leader by serving on several boards both in his community and the industry.
A newlywed, Jeffrey is a proud husband to Deborah and a father to two daughters and a son.
About Real Men Wear Pink of Oakland County
Jeffrey is one of 31 men that participated in the Real Men Wear Pink of Oakland County. This passionate group of men raised more than $224,000 surpassing their goal of $77,500. With candidates across the nation, the Real Men Wear Pink program is helping us save lives from breast cancer.