Philadelphia Eagles' Kurt Coleman & Dad Give New Face To Breast Cancer Awareness

Top Quote NFL Safety and Ohio native, Kurt Coleman and his father, Ron Coleman are shining a light on male breast cancer, which is rare but effects nearly 2,000 men each year. Ron, who is a survivor of male breast cancer, started to share his story and provide a resource for men living with the condition. End Quote
  • Columbus, OH (1888PressRelease) April 09, 2011 - While breast cancer is more common in women, men account for 1% of breast cancer cases each year. Male breast cancer frequently occurs in men ages 60-70, but it can affect men of any age. There are many factors that increase the risk of developing cancer, like environmental exposures and genetics, but doctors have not pinpointed any one particular cause. This need for continued research and a cure is what fuels the Coleman family's fight.

    In March, Donald Washington of the Kansas City Chiefs' joined Kurt and Ron for An Evening with the Pros in Columbus at Stebbins High School, where Ron teaches. The evening included a discussion of many subjects including awareness, detection, and support.

    Ron's diagnosis brought the tight knit Coleman family even closer, as they bonded in their vow to help him overcome the disease and increase awareness. They are working to double last year's contribution to $10,000 for the 2011 Columbus Komen Race for the Cure. They have launched an admirable campaign, including social media, local businesses and fundraising events.

    "My dad is definitely my hero and he's always supported us." says Coleman, " After the diagnosis, we rallied around him and joined in his mission to spread the word. We're excited about the 2011 Race for the Cure and hopeful that we will meet our goal and help make a difference."

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