These doctors know ‘real men wear pink’
Three Advocate Health Care physicians are inspired to fight breast cancer through the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. Although they are united in their efforts to raise funds, these docs are looking for some bragging rights.
Check out their individual stories about why they are using pink power against breast cancer, then place your vote here on “Who Wore It Best?”
Dr. Barry Rosen, breast surgeon, Advocate Health Care
“In this day and age, it is regrettably impossible to find someone who hasn’t been affected by cancer. As a cancer survivor and cancer surgeon, it is my goal to keep my patients’ lives as ‘normal’ as possible through their treatment and help them return to the lives they had before. Breast cancer affects everyone – it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman. This campaign provides yet another venue for me to carry on the fight against the enemy that I have dedicated my professional life towards. “
“I joined the Real Men Wear Pink campaign with the American Cancer Society because they partner with me, my patients and their families and to allow them to thrive throughout their breast cancer journey. Through our collective collaborations, we are making a difference that goes beyond the hospital. With our shared vision, we are helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early, when it’s easier to treat. The American Cancer Society also provides free information and services when and where people need it. They fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and work to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them. When we all work together towards the same goal, great things will happen!”
“Breast cancer has touched my life in a very real way. About 20 years ago, my wife’s aunt, who is one of our best friends and mentors, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 65. Two years later, my wife’s sister, who is one of the best nurses I know, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 51. My wife, my soul mate, was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago at age 63. All three diagnoses were a gut punch for me. As a physician, I knew too much, and I knew too little. What I did know for certain was that anyone faced with a cancer journey needs the support of their loved ones, friends and all of the unnamed people who provide financial support for cancer research. All of my loved ones had good results; they lived because of diagnostic and treatment advances made possible through cancer research. I didn’t have my breast cut on or radiated or experience the discomfort of chemotherapy or other medicines that treat breast cancer, but I did experience the fear and uncertainty that a diagnosis of breast cancer creates. My role in real time was to do whatever I could to ease the stress of the cancer journey.
Now, I am participating in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign because it allows me to be supportive of not only people I love, but people I don’t even know by providing financial support to breast cancer research. I encourage anyone who is reading this to do the same. Breast cancer research saves lives – it saved the lives of my aunt, my sister-in-law and my wife. Thanks for your support; it may help save the life of someone you love.”
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