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CJ McCollum joins American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink of Portland

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum is teaming up with the American Cancer Association once again -- this time, for the ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign.

The Real Men Wear Pink campaign raises money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

I’m proud to join Real Men Wear Pink of Portland again this year in support of everyone dealing with breast cancer. Click the link in my bio to visit my page and show your support! 

Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum on Instagram

Per the Real Men Wear Pink of Portland’s website, “breast cancer affects everyone, women and men. That's why we're recruiting men to fight breast cancer through Real Men Wear Pink. This distinguished group of community leaders is determined to raise awareness and money to support the American Cancer Society's mission and save more lives than ever before from breast cancer.”

McCollum is joined by 12 other men from the Portland community.

The group aims to raise $50,000.

McCollum posed this question on his Instagram:

“Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women? And it’s the second leading cause of death among women after lung cancer.”

The 29-year-old guard emphasized that this is ‘a health equity issue’ as well.

Despite historically low incident rates, African American women are 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women overall even though white women are diagnosed more often.

CJ McCollum

McCollum, who has partnered with the American Cancer Society in the past, states that this year, it is even more important to raise money for those in the fight against breast cancer due to the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Supporting this campaign means helping fund vital access to care programs, education and support for life-saving cancer screenings and critical research, which are all at risk due to effects of the pandemic.

For every dollar raised by the Real Men Wear Pink supporters it helps the American Cancer Society to “save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, along with innovative breast cancer research and patient support.”

McCollum hopes those who can, will make a donation. For more information on Real Men Wear Pink of Portland visit acsevents.org.

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