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Puget Sound Komen affiliate introduces "Pink Tie Guys" to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Puget Sound Komen affiliate introduces

by CJ Van Green, guest blogger

Posted on October 20, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 20 at 1:54 PM

Nine corporate and sports leaders are lending their voice to turning breast cancer awareness into action as part of the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen’s inaugural “Pink Tie Guys” program.
This program will bring a much-needed male voice to the urgency of Komen Puget Sound’s Fall Campaign: Less Talk. More Action. Get Screened.
A recent study showed that 50 percent of women over 40 with health insurance do not get an annual mammogram, yet when detected early, the five year relative survival rate for breast cancer is 98 percent, compared to 23% when it is detected at the latest stage.

The 2011-2012 Pink Tie Guys are:

  • Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Jerry Quinn Lee, Chairman of the Board of MulvannyG2 Architecture
  • Steve Maxwell, President of KeyBank South Puget Sound District
  • Nate Miles, Director of Government Affairs, Pacific Northwest Region of Lilly USA
  • Tom Norwalk, President and CEO of Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Chris E. Rivera, President of Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
  • Lorenzo Romar, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at University of Washington
  • Steve Sarkisian, Head Football Coach at University of Washington
  • Rick E. Wirthlin, President of Keybank Seattle-Cascades District

“These key community leaders help us bring awareness about early detection and the fight to end breast cancer in their corporations and to the community at large. Their personal stories and commitment to the Komen Pink Tie Guy program is inspiring and we are grateful for their support,” said Executive Director Cheryl Shaw.

An estimated 209,060 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and an estimated 40,230 will die. The Pink Tie Guys highlight that men are also impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis, whether it be their wife, daughter, mother, relative, neighbor, co-worker or friend.
All nine men received a pink necktie and will wear it throughout the year and at Komen Puget Sound events.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and Komen Puget Sound Affiliate
The Puget Sound Affiliate was established in 1993 and has invested nearly $23 million to fund local breast health education, screening and treatment support in Western Washington and for research to find the cures for breast cancer. The Puget Sound Affiliate is one of the largest Komen Affiliates out of a network of 120 across the country. It focuses its efforts on saving lives by funding education and early detection, as well as patient assistance and patient navigation in 16 counties in Western Washington. Follow us on Twitter @KomenPugetSound or Facebook.