Coach John Konecki candidate for Real Men Wear Pink

Coach Konecki Candidate for Real Men Wear Pink
Posted on 09/07/2018
Heidi Gonzalez and Coach John KoneckiAmerican Cancer Society Announces Second Annual Real Men Wear Pink Campaign
Local leaders will raise awareness and funds in the fight to end breast cancer

In its second year in the South Suburbs, men will unite to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Throughout October, Real Men Wear Pink participants will encourage community members to take action in the fight against breast cancer.

“In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle and save more lives from breast cancer,” said Heidi Gonzalez, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. “Funds raised help us save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support.”

Each Real Men Wear Pink participant accepts a fundraising challenge and will compete to be the top fundraiser among his peers by the end of the campaign. Nearly 20 men have committed to the campaign to-date, including John Konecki, Head Football Coach at Crete-Monee High School.

Says Coach Konecki, “As a candidate of the Real Men Wear Pink campaign I am most excited to show all the women and the student athletes in my life that we are in the fight against breast cancer together. As men and young adults who are involved in the game of football, the women in our lives support us unconditionally and while we may not always say it we appreciate all you do for us. When I look up into the stands I see countless moms, sisters, aunts and girlfriends who are at our games to cheer us on. Win lose, or draw the women in our lives are there for us because they love and care about us. As a man, I want all the women in our lives to know that we (men) will do everything in our power to assist the American Cancer Society in its mission.”

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. 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.

“Our community can make a huge impact in the breast cancer cause,” said Gonzalez for the American Cancer Society. “We are grateful to our Real Men Wear Pink participants for lending their voices to this cause and fighting for everyone affected by breast cancer.”

Heidi Gonzalez and Coach John Konecki

If you would like to donate to Coach Konecki's Campaign you can visit his official campaign page at John's Real Men Wear Pink Page

For more information on the Real Men Wear Pink campaign in South Suburbs, call Michelle Pruitt at 708-633-7771 or email

About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from every angle. Visit for more information.
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