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It is an unfortunate but harsh reality that approximately 1 in 1,000 men and 1 in 8 women in this country will develop invasive breast cancer in his or her lifetime.

Approximately 40,000 women and 440 men will die from this disease just this year alone.

I had the pleasure of developing a great friendship with a man by the name of Pete Devereaux at Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s (MBCC) annual statewide Against the Tide swim, walk, kayak, run and/or aquathon event in the past. Pete served the United States as a Marine, spending his first year of service at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Many years later, Pete was diagnosed with stage IIIB Male Breast Cancer. 83 other marines from Camp Lejeune were also diagnosed with breast cancer. It was found that Pete, along with thousands of other marines, had been exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

Pete devoted the rest of his life advocating for breast cancer prevention. He died on August 21, 2014 – just 8 weeks after he was a walk leader at that year’s Against the Tide event in Hopkinton. Pete and his brother Eddie Devereaux always walked alongside each other at MBCC’s Against the Tide events. This year, Eddie will reprise his role as MBCC’s honorary walk leader at the Hopkinton event on Saturday, June 18. MBCC will also be hosting another Against the Tide event on Cape Cod on Saturday, August 20.

Proceeds from Against the Tide support MBCC’s work towards preventing breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy.

Please visit www.mbcc.org/swim or call 617-376- 6222 for more information about Against the Tide and to register or make a pledge.

Cheryl Osimo

Executive Director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition

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