Joseph Devine Top Fundraiser for Area “Real Men Wear Pink Campaign”
Joe Devine, President of the New Jersey Division of Jefferson Health and Executive Vice President of Hospital & Health Services at Jefferson Health, has been named the TOP FUNDRAISER for the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign, which supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Pennsauken. Throughout the month of October, prominent area men participated in the campaign, raising funds and encouraging the women in their lives and in the community to take action in the fight to end breast cancer.
Joe, one of 17 South Jersey business and community leaders who took part in the fundraising challenge, raised $7,203 – more than twice of any other participant in the local campaign. In fact, Joe is the second highest fundraiser for the campaign in the entire state of NJ! If you’d still like to donate to Joe’s efforts, you can do so until the end of the year, by visiting http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY17EA?px=46325654&pg=personal&fr_id=84979, or go to http://MakingStridesWalk.org/pennsaukennj.
In all, more than $32,000 has been raised through the Real Men Wear Pink campaign for the Pennsauken walk. Joe, for his part, says he was “honored and thrilled” to take part in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.
“We are grateful to Joe for lending his voice to our cause,” said Alex Basseches, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society (ACS). “Not only did he wear pink throughout October, he raised awareness about breast cancer and made a huge commitment to raise funds to help save more lives from the disease. Those donations allow the ACS to help save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support.”
The Making Strides for Breast Center Pennsauken walk took place at Cooper River Park, where Jefferson Health’s Team KICK raised more than $1,250 and the Kennedy Fitness & Wellness Team raised over $1,400.
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, an estimated 252,710 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,610 will die from the disease this year. About 2,470 men are also expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, with 460 deaths. In New Jersey, an estimated 7,890 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,250 will die of breast cancer this year.
The $32,000 raised through the area “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign can help families in our area with the following:
- A five-night free stay for 64 cancer patients and their families at an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge OR 320 total free nights.
- Trained patient navigators for 213 cancer patients so they can understand their diagnosis and get the help they need.
- One-on-one peer support from trained breast cancer survivor volunteers for 320 breast cancer patients
- 3,200 rides to and from treatment for cancer patients
- Three years of follow-up for 915 participants in our Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3)
- Free 24-hour information and support via phone, email and online chats for 1,280 people.
Congratulations to the proud, pink-wearing Joe Devine for his fantastic fundraising success and “thank you” to all who supported his efforts!