Men With Heart

Men With Heart is an all-volunteer team dedicated to eradicating breast cancer by raising awareness and funds and motivating men in the fight.

Support neighbors in need — Join Pam’s Run!

PamsRun-logoPam’s Run is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Pam Manikas Washek, founder of Neighbor Brigade and a tireless champion for families facing sudden crisis. She founded Neighbor Brigade to help to support their neighbors when serious illness or other tragedy strikes, with services provided by fellow community members.

The 5 and 10K run (runner’s option), with proceeds to benefit Neighbor Brigade, takes place on Saturday, October 18th in Wayland, Mass.

Pam’s Run will feature:

• 5K and 10K chip-timed races
• Cash Awards
• Age Group Awards
• Pre-race bag pickup
• Kids’ Activities
• Food Trucks
• Raffle
• Live music and fun for all!

More info here.
Register here.
Donate here.

About Pam
After suffering her first bout with cancer in 2002, Pam Washek decided to turn her pain into purpose by helping others experiencing similar crises. She and her friend Jean Seiden first conceived of Wayland Angels after each of them received caring acts of kindness from their own neighbors as they faced long treatments, while valiantly keeping their families strong and together. In 2010, Pam turned Wayland Angels into Neighbor Brigade to give people in communities beyond her hometown a way to support their fellow neighbors when serious illness or other tragedy strikes.Pam-Washek-180x249

Pam’s vision was to establish a chapter of neighbor-based volunteers in every town across Massachusetts, then New England and the nation. She believed it was an imperative not only for those who needed the assistance, but also for the volunteers themselves. Pam understood our shared human need for community and our need to care for and be cared by one another.

Pam lost her battle with cancer in 2012, but her legacy lives on in Neighbor Brigade. The organization has grown to 35 chapters and over 4,800 volunteers. Having given us the roadmap and pointed us in the right direction, our “angel” continues to urge us forward.

Fill your walking void

JimmyFund-and-Komen-logosThe 2014 Boston Avon Walk is long over. The 2014 Boston Komen Walk never happened, with Susan G. terminating her Boston 3-day the year before. All of which may leave dedicated breast cancer fighters feeling a void.

If this describes you, consider joining a couple of upcoming events:

  • the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 21
  • the Komen Race for the Cure on Sept. 28

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk logoThe Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk raises the most money of any single-day walk in the nation and has raised nearly $95 million for the fight against cancer since 1989. When you participate in the Walk, you fundraise for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to conquer all forms of cancer in children and adults.


Komen Race for the Cure The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. Thanks to events like the Race for the Cure, the Komen Foundation has invested over $2 billion to fulfill its promise, playing a critical role in virtually every major advance in breast cancer. But, there is still work to be done, and this race helps maintain critical momentum.

We hope to see you on these walks!

In Memoriam: Joseph Strain

Joseph Strain lived an exceptional life. As noted in his recent eulogy, so rich and varied were his experiences, Joe lived the equivalent of three lifetimes.

Joseph died on May 17, 2014 at the age of 93.

Joseph and Marie Strain c. 1950-500pxAs a Marine Corps Captain, Joe served as a dive-bomber pilot in the Marshall Islands during World War II, and fighter-bomber and helicopter pilot in the Korean War.

After the war, Joe earned a PhD in Educational Administration at Harvard. During a 43-year career at Suffolk University, he taught English and speech. At Suffolk, he held many leadership roles, ultimately becoming the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Joe was known for his kindness, compassion, and tireless dedication to improving the world. He was a champion of the civil rights movement, worked to improve conditions for students and teachers, and helped his wife Marie organize the Committee for a National Day of Peace.

Joe was also a dedicated supporter of Men With Heart. At his and his family’s request, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Men With Heart to support the battle against breast cancer.

To donate by credit card, click on the button below, which will take you to a secure PayPal page.

To donate via check, please send your donation to:

Men With Heart, A Non-Profit Corporation
733 Turnpike Street, #200
North Andover, MA 01845

Men With Heart Teams with Silent Spring in Breast Cancer Fight

In the latest volley in its battle against breast cancer, Men With Heart has awarded a grant to Silent Spring Institute to support its breast cancer research programs.

Men With Heart, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to eradicating breast cancer, has contributed $5,000 to Silent Spring to further its work toward identifying and breaking the links between environmental chemicals and breast cancer.


“We are thrilled to add Silent Spring to the roster of organizations we support in the fight against breast cancer,” said Jack Burlingame, founding board member of Men With Heart. “Breast cancer prevention is a critical area of focus in the battle against this insidious disease.”

Since its founding in 1994, Silent Spring has:

  • Searched for environmental factors in women’s health with an ultimate goal of disease prevention.
  • Conducted scientific research in the context of alliance and dialogue between scientists and activists.
  • Supported scientific excellence and innovation, conducting research unlikely to be done elsewhere.
  • Fostered multidisciplinary teams incorporating toxicology, epidemiology, computer science, environmental science, and communications in an integrated research program.

“Genetics alone cannot account for the majority of cases of breast cancer, leaving a lot of room for prevention,” says Julia Brody, PhD, Senior Scientist and Executive Director of Silent Spring Institute, citing that only five to ten percent of breast cancers are attributable to high-risk inherited genes. “Every day we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals in consumer products and pollution that raise concern for breast cancer because they are either breast carcinogens or estrogen mimics. We are so grateful to Men With Heart for this grant, which will accelerate Silent Spring’s prevention research. This work includes the development of new technologies to quickly screen chemicals for effects on breast cancer and breast health, putting in sight the day that consumer products will be deemed safe before they are put on the market.”

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ABOUT MEN WITH HEART: Men With Heart is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer by getting more men involved in the breast cancer fight; raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research, treatment, prevention, and cure; and serving as stewards on multiday breast cancer walks, helping our fellow walkers complete their walks in good spirits and shape. Men With Heart supports a number of organizations. Since 2002, we have awarded grants to the Avon Foundation, Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Healing Garden, The Ellie Fund, The Lahey Clinic, Dana Farber Hospital, and many other organizations. More information may be found at www.menwithheart.org.

Contact: Jack Burlingame
Founding board member
[email protected]

ABOUT SILENT SPRING INSTITUTE: Founded in 1994, Silent Spring Institute is the leading scientific research organization dedicated to understanding how we can help prevent breast cancer. The organization’s groundbreaking studies reveal connections between the chemicals in our everyday lives and the risk for breast cancer. Pursuing science for the public interest, Silent Spring’s researchers create new knowledge about the health risks associated with toxic chemicals where we live and work—areas that largely have been ignored in breast cancer research. More information is available at www.silentspring.org.

Contact: Catherine M. Cotton
Development and Communications Associate
617-332-4288 ext. 215
[email protected]

Announcing our Boston Avon Walk matching donation program!

Guys-Way-250pxFor many Avon walkers, the most daunting challenge isn’t blisters, cramps, or dehydration. It’s the fund- raising requirement!

Let’s face it: $1,800 isn’t exactly spare change you can dig out of the couch cushions. Putting the ask on family, friends, and colleagues, whether it’s the first time or the tenth time, isn’t easy.

Recognizing this fact, Men With Heart has a plan to make it easier-—a matching donation program!

For the 2014 Boston Avon Walk, Men With Heart will subsidize up to one-half of our team members’ minimum fundraising requirement. That’s right: we’ll chip in up to $900 toward your Avon donation requirement!

There are a few stipulations, detailed below, but it’s an unbeatable deal. If you’ve been thinking about joining the fight against breast cancer, but were worried about raising the funds, now’s the time!

THE FINE PRINT

To qualify for this offer, you must:

1) Sign up for the 2014 Boston Avon Walk as a member of the Men With Heart team: This year’s walk takes place during the weekend of May 17-18. Click here to join now!

2) Conduct your fundraising through Men With Heart: We’ll set up a donation page for you on the Men With Heart website, which will allow you to take credit card donations. Around the time of the walk, MWH will write a check on your behalf to Avon, which will include the subsidy funds if needed to meet your minimum requirement.

3) Agree to be a fully participating MWH member: Our mission is to be stewards of the walks, helping our fellow walkers make it to the finish line in good spirits and shape. You’ll wear the signature MWH yellow t-shirt; carry a backpack filled with supplies (chocolate, blister packs, sunblock, etc.) for walkers in need; and join in sing-a-longs to serenade our fellow walkers. At the end of each day, we line up at the finish line to cheer in every single walker – it is a point of pride and duty that we continue cheering until the very last walker finishes.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, sign up right now and take advantage of this probably-never-to-be-repeated offer!

Contact us with any questions.

Avon captain: Jack Burlingame
[email protected]

Men With Heart is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) corporation (a fancy way of saying we’re a charity!). All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Chase away the winter blues with these breast cancer events

Snowy days and long nights haven’t driven us into hibernation this winter. Men With Heart and our sister organizations (we don’t seem to have any brother organizations!) are hard at work in the breast cancer fight. Here are a few activities to join and break the winter blues:


healinggardenThe Virginia Thurston Healing Garden is running a vast array of programs, including support groups; acupressure; arts programs; Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong; mind-body therapy; strength training; dance classes; and more! Visit www.healinggarden.net for the full list.


capecodcharitablefunraisersCape Cod Charitable Funraisers is sponsoring “Roll the Rock 2014,” a simply rollicking and fun event. Roll the Rock features many local businesses showcasing their bowling, fundraising, and team building skills. It’s a blast! Best of all, proceeds go to a variety of charitable organizations, including our friends at the Silent Spring Institute.

Roll the Rock 2014 takes place on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Ryan Family Amusements, 1067 Route 28, So. Yarmouth, MA 02664. Click here for more information.


EllieFundOur longtime friends and partners in charity, The Ellie Fund, are hosting their 18th annual Red Carpet Gala. The event includes an exclusive viewing of the 86th Academy Awards Telecast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Join hosts Kelley Tuthill and Susan Wornick of WCVB-TV Channel 5 for an exciting evening of film, food, fashion and fundraising with:

♦ Red Carpet Arrivals hosted by J.C. Monahan, WCVB-TV Channel 5
♦ Hosted Bars with delicious wines, beers and cocktails
♦ Gourmet Chef Stations hosted by BostonChefs.com, starring the city’s best restaurants and chefs
♦ “Best of the Best” Live and Silent Auctions featuring autographed memorabilia, deluxe vacation packages and more!
♦ Deluxe Swag Bags sponsored by The Street Chestnut Hill

For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


healinggardenA snowstorm forced the postponement of the Healing Garden’s annual Wine Tasting & Tour — an extraordinary fundraising event where 100% of the proceeds benefit cancer care at The Healing Garden. Hosted by Nashoba Valley Winery, the event features culinary creations from Executive Chef Andy McWilliams of J’s Restaurant; wine and craft beer tastings; a behind-the-scenes tour; live Traditional Irish music by Laurel Martin (Fiddle) and Kathleen Guilday (Harp); as well numerous raffle items.

The Nashoba Valley Winery Benefit has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Nashoba Valley Winery, 100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton. Find more info here and purchase tickets here


2014: Our best year ever?

PaulDoucette-FaulknerGala-webAlthough regrettable in many ways, the demise of the Komen Boston walk offers one silver lining: it allows the local breast cancer community to coalesce around a single multiday walk event — the 2-day Boston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Men With Heart will be consolidating its team for the May 17-18th event, and we hope you’ll join us! We expect to provide some modest financial incentives to our teammates; more to come on that topic soon.

In the meantime, if you’re inspired to act, follow this link to sign up now. Choose “Join a Team,” then select Men With Heart, and you are on your way!

2014 — our best year ever!


Hope burns eternal

flames of hope logoNow that we’ve hiked our final Komen Boston 3-day (photos), Men With Heart turns its attention to other worthy organizations, projects, and events.

We’re especially excited to take part in the FLAMES OF HOPE weekend event in Providence on Oct. 11-13. FLAMES OF HOPE was created to promote breast cancer awareness and education and to honor people living with breast cancer. It has grown into one of the largest awareness events in the Northeast with three inspirational days of education, support, and hope.

The three days will feature road races (5K, 10K, and Kids “Fun Run”), concerts (Beatles and Jimmy Buffet tribute bands), a martial arts demonstration (“Breaking Boards for Breast Cancer”), family fun (face painting, games, and activities) and much more, including the pinnacle of the weekend—the moving Illuminations of Life Ceremony.

Men With Heart will be in attendance on Saturday, Oct. 12, helping out with logistics, handing out literature, and recruiting for our upcoming walks. We hope you’ll join us!

Get more info at: http://www.flamesofhoperi.com/about.html

Beautiful Avon!

MWH-finish-line-Avon-2013-cWe shared an incredible weekend of perfect weather with some amazing people, and we took valuable steps in the fight against breast cancer during the 2013 Boston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

For photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.

If you’d like to join the Men With Heart team, please send an email to [email protected] and he’ll get you signed up.

Thanks to all the beautiful and courageous people who took part in the journey. It was an honor to walk beside you.

Looking for a few good men!

You don’t need the strength of a U.S. Marine to walk 60 miles; you just need a lotta heart! (And a good pair of sneakers.) And heart is something that Men With Heart has in abundance. We’ve been walking for 11 years, bringing our unique brand of camaraderie and support to the Avon (2-days/40 miles) and Komen (3 days/60 miles) breast cancer walks. We’ve raised more than a cool mil for the cause, while conducting sing-a-longs, candy giveaways, mobile medical services, and more for our fellow walkers.

Has breast cancer impacted your life or that of a loved one? Join us! Contact Jack for the Avon or Scott for the Komen and we’ll tell you how easy it is to take part — a blister or two notwithstanding!

No, we weren’t hanging around this entrance hoping to meet a hooker! MWH was at the State House last year to receive a citation from the governor honoring our 10 year/million dollar anniversary.

New advances in breast cancer understanding

In findings that are fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of breast cancer, researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of the cancer. And within those types, they found hallmark genetic changes that are driving many cancers. These discoveries, published online on Sunday in the journal Nature, are expected to lead to new treatments with drugs already approved for cancers in other parts of the body and new ideas for more precise treatments aimed at genetic aberrations that now have no known treatment.

Read the NY Times article …

Men With Heart’s 2nd Annual Outback Party!



Outback Party a Big Hit!

Our second Outback party was a smashing success! We beat our year-one attendance and fund-raising marks by a long shot, and everyone had a good time while fighting the good fight.

Once we’ve tallied the donations we’ll post the results here.

We’ve also got some fall events coming up. Check back soon for the deets!



On Thursday, August 23rd, join Men With Heart at our second annual Outback bash!

Outback and Heineken, two socially minded businesses, have donated the venue, food, beer, and raffle prizes. And 100% of the proceeds benefit Men With Heart and the the fight against breast cancer. That’s no typo — it’s not NET proceeds, it’s ALL proceeds! Every penny from ticket sales will be put to use battling this insidious disease.

$25 is all you’ll pay. The admission price gets you unlimited quantities of Outback’s legendary appetizers (think Bloomin’ Onions, Chicken Quesadillas, Seared Ahi Tuna, Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie, Chicken Artichoke Flatbread, and much more!). The fee also buys you free-flowing beer taps (think Heineken, Dos Equis, Newcastle, and Amstel). (Please drink responsibly!) Plus you’ll get to hang out with those impossibly handsome and charismatic Men With Heart guys!

Glorious Avon!

In the eleven years Men With Heart has walked the Boston Avon, we’ve never enjoyed finer weather than the weekend of May 19-20. Not a cloud to be seen, temps in the comfortable 70s, light breeze. Perfect cancer-fighting weather!

The 1,800 participants all seemed in extraordinarily good spirits, perhaps because of the conditions, or maybe because they learned at the opening ceremony that we had raised nearly $5 million for the cause!

We met lots of wonderful people—especially the strong and brave survivors who endured far more in their treatment than we suffered trekking 40 miles. We sang songs until we were hoarse; handed out candy, buttons, and supplies until we were depleted; and walked till we were blistered. Hurting, but happy to be fighting the good fight.

We’ve posted a slew of photos on the Men With Heart Facebook page. Please visit and check them out.

If you’d like to donate to the cause, click here to find your favorite MWH guy to sponsor for the walk.

Looking forward to the Boston Avon 2013 walk! But in the meantime, we’ve got lots of other stuff happening; just scroll down to find our upcoming parties and walks.

-Jack Burlingame


Walks and parties

Walking season is fast approaching. Here’s an update on our Avon and Komen teams, plus news about two upcoming MWH parties.

~The Walks~

Avon walk: 2 days/40 miles
May 19-20
This will be the 11th consecutive year that MWH has fielded an Avon team. If I had more time, I’d calculate just how much we’ve raised for the Avon, but suffice to say it’s in the multiple hundreds of thousands. Please consider joining the MWH team for this walk. Click here to register for the Avon.

Komen walk: 3 days/60 miles
July 27-29
Komen may be lousy at PR, but they are still a powerful fundraising machine for fighting breast cancer. Their 3-day events are well produced and raise both awareness and funds in great quantities. Sign up for the Komen walk here.

~The Parties~

Our friends at Glynn Hospitality and Outback Steakhouse have confirmed they’ll be putting on their respective parties again this year with MWH as the beneficiary.

Glynn party (June 21):
If you attended the open-air block party outside Jose McIntyre’s last year, you know this event is a blast! With live bands, outdoor taps and grills, raffles and prizes, this is a must-attend event on the MWH social calendar.

Outback party (August 23):
Outback pushed their party into late summer (it was in May last year), which means better weather and a chance to celebrate the conclusion of another successful walking season. This socially minded restaurant chain, in collaboration with Heineken, provides the venue, food, beer, and raffle prizes. 100% of the proceeds go to MWH.

Keep an eye on the MWH website and Facebook page for more info as these events draw closer.

~Jack Burlingame
[email protected]

Breast cancer apps

With iPhones able to get stock quotes, get weather forecasts, and even get sassy, is it any surprise that breast cancer apps wouldn’t be far behind? This article, from the Life Goes Strong website, reviews five such apps (and also gives a plug to MWH!). Get instructions for self-exams, GPS directions to the nearest mammography clinic, diagnosis guidance, and more, all on your phone.

Do you know of any other breast cancer or health apps? Hit the orange “comments” link and tell us about them!


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