The American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink, breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaign, drew the attention of Carli, then 11 years old, when her father was a Real Men Wear Pink participant in 2017. That program asks male members of the community to wear pink (any article of clothing) throughout the month of October to raise awareness about breast cancer. The gentlemen also raise money that is donated to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research, advocacy and patient service programs.

Carli went to the American Cancer Society with the idea of starting a Real Kids Wear Pink awareness and fundraising campaign. Nearly every student knows someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. Unfortunately, it is expected that hundreds of thousands of people (both females and males can face this disease) will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Wearing pink in honor of those impacted by this disease reminds our community of the importance of fighting cancer. The American Cancer Society is challenging all students to fight back against breast cancer by wearing pink on this year’s Official Real Kids Wear Pink Day, Friday, Oct. 25.

Connie Woodruff is the senior community manager and Relay For Life staff partner for the American Cancer Society in Adams and Franklin counties.

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