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October Kicks Off The American Cancer Society’s ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ Breast Cancer Fundraising Effort & NYSUT Members Across New York State ‘Are Ready To Help’

Published Thursday, October 3, 2019
by Liza Frenette/NYSUT Communications
October Kicks Off The American Cancer Society’s ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ Breast Cancer Fundraising Effort & NYSUT Members Across New York State ‘Are Ready To Help’

(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Brian Ebertz walks in pink.

For the entire month of October he will don pink every day to catch attention: Pink ties, pink shirts, pink socks, a pink tie clip, long-sleeve pink T-shirts and pink golf shirts. 

He does not yet have a pink hat, though he’s still looking for one.

Ebertz is President of the 1,100-member Greece Teachers Association and a former Elementary School Teacher, and this year, he is the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Ambassador for Real Men Wear Pink, a male movement to help raise money for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) quest to cure cancer, fund research and provide support services to patients.

He is one of 16 Regional Ambassadors for Real Men Wear Pink for the American Cancer Society.

The ACS has set a fundraising goal for him of $2,500, but Ebertz has “blasted through that already.”  His new goal is $5,000.  Donations can be made on-line.

Last year, NYSUT had Real Men Wear Pink Activists in Rochester and in Buffalo.

The Rochester campaign netted $9,193 and the Buffalo campaign raised $36,144, with support from NYSUT Headquarters, according to Amy Delia, the Marketing Director for ACS Northeast.

She says Real Men Wear Pink raised $633,332 in New York State.

Sales of clothing to raise money for the cause of curing cancer are going strong.

The Greece TA has an on-line ordering site for pink apparel - sweatshirts, T-shirts, golf shirts - with their Union logo.

A portion of the proceeds from that will also raise money for ACS during October.

On the last Friday in September, Ebertz was in 11 different school buildings dropping off the goods to colleagues who ordered pink items.

“I ran all around the schools delivering pink,” he said.

The exercise is a warm-up, of course, for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk that he will again take part in with family and friends on Sunday, October 20th in Rochester.

“I ‘believe it’s a responsibility of a person in position of leadership to use that role to make a pretty big impact and help out.’” he said.

The ACS is a good cause because the disease of cancer affects so many families — including his own.

To Continue Reading This Labor News Report, Go To: www.nysut.org/news/2019/october/october-kicks-off-month-of-raising-funds-for-breast-cancer

 

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