GREENVILLE, S.C. — Spire Hockey President Todd Mackin will represent the Greenville Swamp Rabbits as a participant in the "Real Men Wear Pink" Campaign, a yearly fundraiser conducted by the American Cancer Society which highlights male leaders in the community to support efforts in research and patient support initiatives for those battling breast cancer. Show your support by clicking this link to donate. The campaign runs until October 31.Each Real Men Wear Pink participant accepts a fundraising challenge and will compete to be the top fundraiser among his peers by the end of the campaign.The Real Men Wear Pink campaign has provided more than $5.5 million towards the fight against breast cancer, and continues annually alongside the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events, which has raised more than $60 million. The disease does not affect just women. According to the American Cancer Society, 268,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer affected women, and approximately 2,670 cases were diagnosed in men in 2019.Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer."I am honored to be involved with the American Cancer Society to raise funds and awareness for such an important cause," Mackin said. "We all know someone who has battled or is battling breast cancer in our lives, and with everything happening in the world, it is important to continue to support organizations in our community that can make a real difference."The Real Men Wear Pink campaign has given 7.6 million free rides to treatment for patients, provided 267,000 free nights of lodging for patients, helped 1.5 million patients receive one-on-one support from breast cancer survivors, and funded 160 grants totaling $62 million towards breast cancer research.The Greenville Swamp Rabbits have supported the mission of the American Cancer Society over the past decade. The team has put on a yearly Stick it to Cancer Night, highlighted by pink-themed specialty jerseys. To date, the organization has raised over $30,000 in support of the local American Cancer Society chapter.There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Mortality rate has dropped significantly over the past 30 years due to improvements in treatment, and earlier detection through mammograms and other digital imaging processes. If breast cancer is detected early enough during its localized stage, the five-year relative survival rate is 99%.The ACS recommends women beginning annual mammograms between the ages of 40 and 44. The practice has demonstrated a 20% drop in deaths by breast cancer."Breast cancer awareness is especially close to my heart as my grandmother passed away from the disease," Mackin added. "I appreciate all of the support and look forward to working together with the other men on this campaign in the fight for a cure."
ABOUT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY:The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breaking research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from every angle. Visit cancer.org for more information.