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Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, along with District 4 Headquarters officers in North Avondale, announces the kickoff of the Real Men Wear Pink breast cancer awareness campaign. From left are Officers Lori Hamann, Erica Brazile, LaDon Laney, Chief Isaac, Officers Kandice Roper-Issa, Lt. Dave Damico, Officer John Leindecker and Capt. Martin Mack. Photo by Dan Yount

By Tiffaney Hardy 

Cincinnati Police Department 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac has joined a team of prominent men in Greater Cincinnati who have stepped forward to serve as ambassadors for breast cancer awareness through the American Cancer Society’s annual Real Men Wear Pink campaign presented by TriHealth.  

     Each October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the American Cancer Society enlists the help of men in the community to help spread awareness about breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer- related death in the U.S. 

More than two dozen local business and community leaders have “stepped up their pink” united to fight breast cancer as ambassadors in the fourth annual Real Men Wear Pink campaign. 

       Throughout this September and October, Real Men Wear Pink ambassadors will encourage community members to take action in the fight against breast cancer as well as raise funds to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle and save more lives. 

Cincinnati Police Sgt. Shawn George receives his new Real Men Wear Pink hat from Chief Eliot Isaac. At right is Officer Phil Black. Herald Photo

     Chief Isaac and the Cincinnati Police Department also will host a community-oriented CPD Goes Pink Fashion Show to raise funds to support those affected by cancer. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society and will be used locally to bring awareness, encouragement and support for cancer survivors and their families. Tickets can be purchased by calling the American Cancer Society at 513 975-5011. This event is Saturday, October 5, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Montgomery Inn Boathouse Event Center, featuring an evening of food, jazz, and fireworks to support cancer survivors. 

       “As the founding chair for the Cincinnati Real Men Wear Pink campaign, I couldn’t be more excited that Chief Eliot Isaac has joined our 2019 class of Real Men Wear Pink for our fourth annual campaign, which in only three years has netted more than $500,000 to benefit Cincinnati programs,” said Jeanette Altenau, director of community relations with TriHealth and Chair of the Cincinnati Real Men Wear Pink campaign. 

     “Chief Isaac has already become an impassioned leader for our campaign and has demonstrated a true commitment to raising awareness of early cancer detection and treatment, while also focusing on raising funds to support families dealing with a cancer diagnosis right here in Cincinnati. Having our city’s police chief not only focused on our safety in our neighborhoods but also our health in our homes, demonstrates his powerful commitment to our community. We are excited to see the ways Chief Isaac and his officers ‘wear pink’ this fall.” 

      “This is a cause near and dear to my heart, and it is critical that we all take part in any way that we can,” said Isaac. “We have had several members of our police family who have bravely fought this dreadful disease, and I have witnessed the devastating effects personally as well. We know that cancer just doesn’t affect those diagnosed or survivors but all those who love them and are rooting for them.” 

Pam McMillan, a cancer survivor and staff member at Cincinnati Police Department District 4 Headquarters, is recognized by Chief Eliot Isaac at the Real Men Wear Pink announcement. Herald photo

     According to the American Cancer Society, more than 270,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 42,000 will die from the disease this year. In Ohio, an estimated 10,240 women will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer and over 1,700 women are unfortunately expected to die from the disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer. 

       Visit cancer.org for more information. 

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