Real men do wear pink

News Sep 04, 2009 Ancaster News

Dozens of men woke up early, donned pink shirts and construction helmets and stood in the hot sun for a recent photo shoot.

They were there at the bequest of Susan Edwards, who hopes the photo will help raise $500,000 for cancer research in the region.

“Men can get breast cancer, too, and I think you would look great in hot pink,” was the pitch used by Ms. Edwards, who runs the Robar Centre, an industrial school which trains truck drivers and heavy equipment operators.

“When I said to them I want to do something to raise half a million dollars for cancer research, they were all for it.”

The photo has been entered in Avon's Paint It Pink Canada breast cancer fundraiser. Avon will give $2 per vote to the winner, to a maximum of $500,000. Voting ends Sept. 30.

The contest began June 11. When Ms. Edwards heard of it, her first thought was to photograph a bunch of guys in hot pink, but while it might stand out amid the other images, she thought the idea “too silly” to follow through on.

After telling some people the idea, she reconsidered. She had to scramble the past few weeks to get the photo shoot organized and figure out the best way to photograph the men in the shape of a pink ribbon in front of some heavy industrial equipment.

She said she knows it will be an uphill climb to become the No. 1 vote getter.

All the entries can be viewed at PaintIt-

PinkCanada.ca.

The Robar Centre Moobs and Boobs team photo is number 08181120153532.

“I’m looking for a quarter of a million votes by Sept. 30,” said Ms. Edwards, who has had two cancer scares in her life.

In addition, her father, whose family has a history of cancer, recently succumbed to bone and prostate cancer.

The men — 76 in total — were there without any grumbling or being forced by their wives. They even recruited more participants as they were assembling for the photo.

When a pack of bicyclists rode past the Nebo Road facility, the men called out to them to join in. And they did, turning around, parking their bikes and trading in their riding helmets for the pink ones used in the photo.

“Everybody here has got a heart,” said Don Downie amid a sea of pink-shirted construction workers and motorcycle club members who came out to support Ms. Edwards effort.

“This is a good cause. I’ve had a mother and a mother-in-law lose a breast to cancer. My mother-in-law is not here now, but my mom is doing excellent.”

Ms. Edwards, who picked up the tab for the shirts, helmets and other expenses, said she believes corporations and businesses have to give back to the community in some way.

She said her team in the Sept. 12 Bright Run/Walk for breast cancer research at the Juravinski Cancer Centre will use the same distinct outfits. The Run/Walk takes place at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 a. m. to 1 p. m.

BRIGHT stands for Breast Cancer Research In Greater Hamilton Today and underscores the commitment the JCC's Breast Disease Site team has to its patients through high-quality care and leading-edge research that has advanced the treatment of breast cancer patients locally, nationally and around the world. All proceeds from BRIGHT will support breast cancer research in Hamilton.

BRIGHT Run participants have the option of participating in a one-or five-kilometre walk or a five-kilometre run along the scenic Dundas Valley Rail Trail.

Last year’s inaugural BRIGHT event was a huge success with nearly 1,000 participants helping to raise over $250,000. This year, organizers look forward to having more people come together for not just a fundraiser, but a celebration of community, strength and hope.

To register visit www.jcc.hhsc.ca/BRIGHT or call 905-521-2100, Ext. 44844.

Real men do wear pink

News Sep 04, 2009 Ancaster News

Dozens of men woke up early, donned pink shirts and construction helmets and stood in the hot sun for a recent photo shoot.

They were there at the bequest of Susan Edwards, who hopes the photo will help raise $500,000 for cancer research in the region.

“Men can get breast cancer, too, and I think you would look great in hot pink,” was the pitch used by Ms. Edwards, who runs the Robar Centre, an industrial school which trains truck drivers and heavy equipment operators.

“When I said to them I want to do something to raise half a million dollars for cancer research, they were all for it.”

The photo has been entered in Avon's Paint It Pink Canada breast cancer fundraiser. Avon will give $2 per vote to the winner, to a maximum of $500,000. Voting ends Sept. 30.

The contest began June 11. When Ms. Edwards heard of it, her first thought was to photograph a bunch of guys in hot pink, but while it might stand out amid the other images, she thought the idea “too silly” to follow through on.

After telling some people the idea, she reconsidered. She had to scramble the past few weeks to get the photo shoot organized and figure out the best way to photograph the men in the shape of a pink ribbon in front of some heavy industrial equipment.

She said she knows it will be an uphill climb to become the No. 1 vote getter.

All the entries can be viewed at PaintIt-

PinkCanada.ca.

The Robar Centre Moobs and Boobs team photo is number 08181120153532.

“I’m looking for a quarter of a million votes by Sept. 30,” said Ms. Edwards, who has had two cancer scares in her life.

In addition, her father, whose family has a history of cancer, recently succumbed to bone and prostate cancer.

The men — 76 in total — were there without any grumbling or being forced by their wives. They even recruited more participants as they were assembling for the photo.

When a pack of bicyclists rode past the Nebo Road facility, the men called out to them to join in. And they did, turning around, parking their bikes and trading in their riding helmets for the pink ones used in the photo.

“Everybody here has got a heart,” said Don Downie amid a sea of pink-shirted construction workers and motorcycle club members who came out to support Ms. Edwards effort.

“This is a good cause. I’ve had a mother and a mother-in-law lose a breast to cancer. My mother-in-law is not here now, but my mom is doing excellent.”

Ms. Edwards, who picked up the tab for the shirts, helmets and other expenses, said she believes corporations and businesses have to give back to the community in some way.

She said her team in the Sept. 12 Bright Run/Walk for breast cancer research at the Juravinski Cancer Centre will use the same distinct outfits. The Run/Walk takes place at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 a. m. to 1 p. m.

BRIGHT stands for Breast Cancer Research In Greater Hamilton Today and underscores the commitment the JCC's Breast Disease Site team has to its patients through high-quality care and leading-edge research that has advanced the treatment of breast cancer patients locally, nationally and around the world. All proceeds from BRIGHT will support breast cancer research in Hamilton.

BRIGHT Run participants have the option of participating in a one-or five-kilometre walk or a five-kilometre run along the scenic Dundas Valley Rail Trail.

Last year’s inaugural BRIGHT event was a huge success with nearly 1,000 participants helping to raise over $250,000. This year, organizers look forward to having more people come together for not just a fundraiser, but a celebration of community, strength and hope.

To register visit www.jcc.hhsc.ca/BRIGHT or call 905-521-2100, Ext. 44844.

Real men do wear pink

News Sep 04, 2009 Ancaster News

Dozens of men woke up early, donned pink shirts and construction helmets and stood in the hot sun for a recent photo shoot.

They were there at the bequest of Susan Edwards, who hopes the photo will help raise $500,000 for cancer research in the region.

“Men can get breast cancer, too, and I think you would look great in hot pink,” was the pitch used by Ms. Edwards, who runs the Robar Centre, an industrial school which trains truck drivers and heavy equipment operators.

“When I said to them I want to do something to raise half a million dollars for cancer research, they were all for it.”

The photo has been entered in Avon's Paint It Pink Canada breast cancer fundraiser. Avon will give $2 per vote to the winner, to a maximum of $500,000. Voting ends Sept. 30.

The contest began June 11. When Ms. Edwards heard of it, her first thought was to photograph a bunch of guys in hot pink, but while it might stand out amid the other images, she thought the idea “too silly” to follow through on.

After telling some people the idea, she reconsidered. She had to scramble the past few weeks to get the photo shoot organized and figure out the best way to photograph the men in the shape of a pink ribbon in front of some heavy industrial equipment.

She said she knows it will be an uphill climb to become the No. 1 vote getter.

All the entries can be viewed at PaintIt-

PinkCanada.ca.

The Robar Centre Moobs and Boobs team photo is number 08181120153532.

“I’m looking for a quarter of a million votes by Sept. 30,” said Ms. Edwards, who has had two cancer scares in her life.

In addition, her father, whose family has a history of cancer, recently succumbed to bone and prostate cancer.

The men — 76 in total — were there without any grumbling or being forced by their wives. They even recruited more participants as they were assembling for the photo.

When a pack of bicyclists rode past the Nebo Road facility, the men called out to them to join in. And they did, turning around, parking their bikes and trading in their riding helmets for the pink ones used in the photo.

“Everybody here has got a heart,” said Don Downie amid a sea of pink-shirted construction workers and motorcycle club members who came out to support Ms. Edwards effort.

“This is a good cause. I’ve had a mother and a mother-in-law lose a breast to cancer. My mother-in-law is not here now, but my mom is doing excellent.”

Ms. Edwards, who picked up the tab for the shirts, helmets and other expenses, said she believes corporations and businesses have to give back to the community in some way.

She said her team in the Sept. 12 Bright Run/Walk for breast cancer research at the Juravinski Cancer Centre will use the same distinct outfits. The Run/Walk takes place at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 a. m. to 1 p. m.

BRIGHT stands for Breast Cancer Research In Greater Hamilton Today and underscores the commitment the JCC's Breast Disease Site team has to its patients through high-quality care and leading-edge research that has advanced the treatment of breast cancer patients locally, nationally and around the world. All proceeds from BRIGHT will support breast cancer research in Hamilton.

BRIGHT Run participants have the option of participating in a one-or five-kilometre walk or a five-kilometre run along the scenic Dundas Valley Rail Trail.

Last year’s inaugural BRIGHT event was a huge success with nearly 1,000 participants helping to raise over $250,000. This year, organizers look forward to having more people come together for not just a fundraiser, but a celebration of community, strength and hope.

To register visit www.jcc.hhsc.ca/BRIGHT or call 905-521-2100, Ext. 44844.