Ryan Plecha - Dancing With The Survivors

by The Pink Fund


My story is not the traditional Dancing with the Survivors’ story, but it is an important one, nonetheless. As a male I do not have the same level of concern about the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis and have never been diagnosed myself, but have still been impacted by breast cancer in my life. Specifically, breast cancer has impacted me directly and indirectly in two unique ways. 

First, I lost my Aunt Rosemary to breast cancer in 2012 and secondly, out of that experience I have been left with an undercurrent of fear and anxiety about all of my female loved ones. The prevalence and statistics related to the likelihood of a woman experience breast cancer to me seemed overwhelming. I have and continue to experience an often suppressed but ever-present concern of whom that I love might be next. It was this feeling and experience that led me to want to do more to support women with breast cancer and their families, which is how I became involved with The Pink Fund. 

In 2015, I started a fundraising campaign the “Pink Week” in which I would wear pink everyday for one week and post to social media in the hopes of raising awareness and money.  I am fortunate and have a duty to use this opportunity to raise as much awareness and money as possible to assist the Pink Fund in providing “Real Help Now” to those in need.


The Pink Fund provides financial support to help meet basic needs, decrease stress levels, and allow breast cancer patients in active treatment to focus on healing while improving survivorship outcomes. The Pink Fund’s 90-day grant program allows breast cancer patients to meet their critical expenses for housing, transportation, utilities, and insurance. 

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