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“The National Pink Tie Organization is proud to endorse Kara in her efforts to win the America Inspired contest,” said Donald Crutch, founder of the Jacksonville, Fla. based non-profit whose mission is, “men supporting the fight against cancer.”
“Surviving cancer is accomplishment enough. But to get through that and then ask the question, ‘How can I help others?’ and arrive at Cleaning with a Meaning as the answer, that takes her achievements to a whole new level,” Crutch said.
The NPTO is built around Crutch’s vision of every man wearing a pink tie during the month of October – officially breast cancer month – to raise awareness, educate and inform the community about cancer prevention, treatments and support groups. The organization promotes wearing fuchsia ties in months other than October to represent all cancers.
The important thing is changing men’s attitude about cancer and supporting all people in their battle against the disease, Crutch said.
“Men aren’t always comfortable talking about cancer, either their own or about someone they love, and the NPTO wants to change that. Kara is precisely the kind of person who deserves our support and someone who people can look up to as an inspiration in the face of this life changing illness. She helps so many families with Cleaning with a Meaning that we are happy to support her.”
Anderson founded Cleaning with a Meaning in February 2010, about 10 months after she was first diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer. The non-profit provides free maid service from local cleaning companies in cities across the country to families of children diagnosed with a serious illness.
“I’m honored to have the support of the National Pink Tie Organization,” Anderson said. “It’s good to know that there is an organization out there that raises awareness for men in the fight against cancer. I know that my fight would have been a lot harder without the support of the three special men in my life: my husband, my son and my father.”
For Crutch, giving Kara and Cleaning with a Meaning his vote in the America Inspired contest was an easy choice.
“Kara’s strength, generosity and persistence defines the spirit of the contest and I encourage everyone to join the National Pink Tie Organization in voting for her,” Crutch said.
To vote for Kara Anderson, go here. To find out more about Cleaning with a Meaning go to their website at www.cleaningwithameaning.com. Follow Kara on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cwamnow. Read more about Kara here.