NEW ORLEANS (press release) – In its seventh year in New Orleans, the Real Men Wear Pink campaign raised $248,557 to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer, ranking the campaign sixth in the nation. This fall and especially during the month of October, 33 area leaders raised donations and encouraged community members to take action in the fight to end breast cancer.

Once again, Dr. Ali Sadeghi with Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery was the campaign’s top fundraiser, raising $76,841, ranking him third out of 3,235 candidates across the country.

“I knew this year I wanted to double what I raised last year through events everyone, including my patients, could enjoy,” said Dr. Sadeghi. “In my practice, I am honored to perform a lot of surgeries and reconstructive surgeries on breast cancer patients. These patients become like family. They are the most thankful patients, too, that I’ve ever had. I wanted to give them and their loved ones a night to laugh, smile, and raise money for a wonderful cause.”

Vincent Chatelain with American Addiction Centers was this year’s top rookie candidate, raising $30,357 on behalf of the American Cancer Society and those impacted by breast cancer.

“We are so grateful to Dr. Ali Sadeghi, Vincent Chatelain, and all our Real Men Wear Pink participants for lending their voices to our cause,” said Whitney King, community development manager for the American Cancer Society. “Not only did they wear pink all month long, but they raised awareness about breast cancer and made a huge commitment to raise funds to help us save more lives through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support.”

In addition to Sadeghi and Chatelain, the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink candidates were: Ryan Messina of Receivable Recovery Systems; Melvin Rodrigue of Galatoire’s; John Overly of Entergy; Sean Fisher of Sean Fisher Architect; Greg Kayser of Dan-Gulf Shipping, Inc.; Will Paul Lewis of Toyota of New Orleans; Chris Coffin of Pendley, Baudin, & Coffin; Robert Wingerter of Lemoine Company; Chuck Mutz of Black Tie Auctions; John Gordon of East Jefferson General Hospital; Clois Hunter of Hooters of Metairie; Jules Walters of Khoobehi & Associates; John Michael Rowland of Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar; Mark Rosa of Jefferson Financial Credit Union; Will Bryant of Upstream Life; Brian DiLapi of Hooters; Foster Nash of Degan, Blanchard, & Nash; Grayson Marloff of Daughters of Charity; Chuck LaMarche of Premiere Automotive Group; Ike Ryan of Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP; Michael Stag of Stag Liuzza; Timothy Haley of Diagnostic Imaging Services; Nigel Girgrah of Ochsner Health System; Louis Williams of Keller Williams Realty; Scottie Rodgers of the Sun Belt Conference; Travers Mackel of WDSU; John Colfry of Touro Infirmary; Clayton Brinster of Ochsner Clinic Foundation; Ralph Corsetti of Ochsner Health System; Val Exnicios of Liska, Exnicios & Nungesser, and Jeff Brainard of Berniard Law Firm.

According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2018, an estimated 266,120 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 40,920 will die from the disease this year. In Louisiana, an estimated 3,770 women will be diagnosed this year, and 620 will 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.

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