Real Men Wear Pink helps to drive awareness, raise funds for cancer research

Steve Vitani has lost relatives and friends to cancer. He is a first-time participant in Real Men Wear Pink. 

 

He is a first-time participant in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink, but Steve Vitani's enthusiasm and drive to raise awareness and funds for the cause is evident.

More than a month before the end of the campaign, Vitani already was ahead of his fundraising goal. He enlisted friends, family and business associates to help with the cause. He joins others in the campaign.

“Cancer has affected many of my friends and family,” he said. “I’ve seen how vicious this disease is.”

It not only has affected people with whom he is associated, but it has also affected his own family. While there have been many advancements, there needs to be more awareness.

“I lost my father to cancer last year, so my determination to raise more awareness for all is my main priority,” Vitani said. “Even though there’s been great strides throughout the decades, I’m driven to deliver more cancer awareness as we are nowhere close to where it needs to be.”

Vitani, a realtor with RE/MAX Elite, said he wants to help to bring as much awareness as possible and help to raise funds for research.

“I am humbled and grateful to know that my efforts can help bring more awareness to prevent, treat or save someone’s life,” he said. “I am extremely thankful for the donations by my clients, friends and colleagues to raise more awareness from this campaign.”

This year, campaigns from Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia, Flagler, Brevard, Lake Sumter/Marion (The Villages) and Polk counties have joined forces and become the Central Florida Real Men Wear Pink campaign. The campaign’s presenting sponsor is AdventHealth and is chaired by Timothy Clark, the CEO of AdventHealth Apopka.

Vitani joined other long-time participants in this year’s campaign.

It is the sixth year that Todd Pokrywa, the president of The Viera Company, has participated in Real Men Wear Pink.

Pokrywa is poised to set a new fundraising record.

“This is the most successful fundraising year I have had personally since I started participating as a Real Men Wear Pink candidate in 2016.”