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Prominent WNY men vow to wear pink next month for breast cancer awareness

Eleven prominent Western New York men will decidedly wear more pink come October to take a stand against breast cancer during the first Real Men Wear Pink campaign as part of the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Buffalo.

Throughout next month, the men will adjust their attire accordingly to raise money for the Cancer Society as they encourage women in their lives and in the community to take action in the fight against breast cancer.

The men, who kicked off their fundraising this week, include Jim Henry, vice president of Foresters Financial; Mike Deely, regional staff director for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT); Joe DiLeo, CEO of MassMutual Buffalo; Dr. Stephen Edge, vice president of healthcare outcomes and policy at Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Dr. Thomas Foels, executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Independent Health Association; Bryan LeFauve, COO of FARM; Nicholas Picholas of WKSE-FM Kiss 98.5; WKBW-TV anchor and reporter Jeff Russo; Canisius College hockey coach Dave Smith; Dr. Richard Vienne, vice president and chief medical officer of Univera Healthcare; and Alex Vienne, loss mitigation analyst for MDP, M&T Bank and the campaign’s Young Professional candidate.

For more information about breast cancer or the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Buffalo, visit or call 800-227-2345.

“No one should have to face a breast cancer diagnosis alone,” said Jim Henry, vice president, Foresters Financial. “That’s why I joined the American Cancer Society in support of their lifesaving work by becoming a candidate in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. This is a cause I personally believe in, and as a candidate, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for the Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts.”

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