After much anticipation throughout the month of October, our Top 10 Real Men Wear Pink candidates nationwide have been finalized!
The top fundraiser is Jeff Cook from Fairbanks, Alaska (at right), described as a "regular guy." He collected 350 donations, from $20 to $6,500, adding up to $117,430. His personal connection to cancer no doubt inspired people to support his efforts. His youngest daughter, Chrissy, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March. Further genetic testing revealed a positive match for the BRCA 2 gene. The diagnosis led the Cooks to get everyone in the family tested. Five other family members tested positive for that gene, and they are now enrolled in a special monitoring program. Read this wonderful newspaper story about Jeff.
Jeff will meet with Mary-Claire King, PhD, the researcher who discovered the BRCA gene (and whom ACS funded) at our Legacy & Leadership event in Seattle on Nov. 16.
Congratulations to Atlanta, the top Real Men Wear Pink market, followed closely behind by Boston and Pittsburgh. See top photo for more details.
This year, 2,800 men committed to raising at least $2,500 for ACS by Oct. 31. Here are the Top 10 fundraisers:
- Jeff Cook of Fairbanks
- Nick Stupakis of Pittsburgh
- Bruce Lucia of Atlanta
- Anthony Valletta of Boston
- Jamie Steinseifer of Phoenix
- Jon Banas of Metro Detriot
- Brian Lawson of Springfield, IL
- John L. Sullivan of Sacramento
- Chris Teague of Los Angeles
- Brian McGeoghegan of Boston
Now that the competition is over, the dynamic national leaderboard has been replaced with static images of our Top 10 fundraisers. However, we are accepting RMWP donations through Dec. 31, 2017, so it is not too late to support someone you know.
Each of these men will receive a customized "Top 10" plaque from ACS. (Making Strides strategic directors and campaign staff with Top 10 finishers will receive an email with a more detailed list of instructions about ordering these.)
Also, each of our RMWP candidates received a Real Men Wear Pink Voice of the Customer survey this week to help us gain insights about how we can create a better experience for this key audience.