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Breast cancer campaign raises $7,500

November 9, 2017 GMT

The results are in, and last month’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign raised $7,500 across North Platte.

After men in the community donned pink to raise funds for the American Cancer Society through October, the most money came from Gary’s Super Foods’ Westfield location, 1921 West A St.

Jay Porter, a shift manager at the grocery store, raised $1,900. Porter said the store hosted a grill-out outside the store and a bake sale inside, and staff asked customers at checkout if they wished to donate. The customers who did signed their names on pink cut-outs that were hung up to show others the cause.

“It seemed to work really well,” Porter said.

While Porter hasn’t been personally touched by breast cancer, he knows how close it hits home.

“Breast cancer affects pretty much everybody,” he said. “Or has potential to.”

He fundraised alongside and against Chris Hernandez, a grocery manager at the store’s 1620 E. Fourth St. location. The men wore their hot-pink ties to a ceremony at the Westfield store Wednesday, shook hands and laughed. Altogether, Gary’s Super Foods raised nearly $2,770.

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At the American Cancer Society, dollars raised will help fund breast cancer research, as well as programs that help survivors, said Cristy Thompson, community development manager for the organization’s north region.

Thompson said she enjoyed seeing men in particular become so enthusiastic for the cause.

“It was so cool to see people from different parts of the community,” she said.

Thompson thanked all the men who participated in the initiative:

» Carl Rippy, Gateway Realty

» Tom Moore, Gateway Realty

» Aaron Vieyra, Gateway Realty

» Lewys Carlini, Eagle Communications

» Josh Summers, Haz-Mat Response

» Orlando Sanchez, Haz-Mat Response

» Gene Valdez, Haz-Mat Response

» Kim Keeling, Union Pacific Railroad

» Augie Sanchez, Mid-Plains Community College

» Willie Roberts, Aupperle Plumbing and Heating

» John Hales, North Platte Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Corp.

» Nick Seevers, Mallory’s

» Cory Rowan, Mallory’s

» Sam Buck, Mallory’s

» Dr. Avinash Pasam, Callahan Cancer Center

» Dr. Todd Hlavaty, Callahan Cancer Center

» Dr. Irfan Vaziri, Callahan Cancer Center

» Deacon Mike Davis, Grand Island Catholic Diocese

» Chad Fosdick, Premier Rental-Purchase