Real Men Wear Pink to Fight Breast Cancer
Craig Kirkland of Nevada State Bank is wearing pink in October to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.
Breast cancer affects women, men and families in communities across the U.S. That's why the American Cancer Society recruits male community leaders to help fight breast cancer through its “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign. This annual initiative raises awareness and funds during the month of October to support the American Cancer Society’s programs, which include promoting early detection and prevention, funding research, and supporting cancer patients.
Craig Kirkland, Nevada State Bank EVP and Director of Retail Banking, is participating again this year in the Real Men Wear Pink drive, encouraging friends, colleagues, and the community to join him in fighting breast cancer. Last year, he raised more than $6,000 by participating in this campaign.
Kirkland is an active participant in many local volunteer and community projects, and has served on the board for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission since 2008. However, this busy executive volunteered his time and efforts to help with the Real Men Wear Pink campaign because he has been personally affected by it.
“Like most people I know, breast cancer has touched my life,” Kirkland said. “Three of my colleagues were tested early, treated, and have been fortunate to beat breast cancer, and are all still in remission. Anything I can do to help raise awareness, in addition to money for research, new treatments, and potentially a cure for this disease, I’m in. I will ‘get pinked’ proudly.”
His vision for the future of his family also motivates Kirkland. He and his wife, Diana, have 4-year-old twin girls. “Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer for women,” he said. “I want to do all I can to ensure my girls have a healthy future that does not include cancer.”
According to the American Cancer Society website, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women, excluding skin cancers. It is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S., after lung cancer. The chance that a woman with breast cancer will die from it is about 1 in 36 (about 2.6 percent). The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2018 are:
· About 268,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women across the U.S.
· About 14,060 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in Nevada women.
· About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer in 2018 across the U.S.
· About 5,330 Nevada women will die from breast cancer in 2018.
· Although black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, black women are more likely to die from it.
“Real Men” across the U.S. are doing what they can to raise awareness of this disease, to encourage women to get tested, and to raise funds for research.
Visit nsbank.com/pink to support the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign by donating today.
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