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'Are You Man Enough?' to Help Fight Breast Cancer
Date:9/18/2007

ld. Ultimately, the Olsen family succeeded on all fronts. Our hope is that the struggles Greg and his family faced to beat breast cancer will be an inspiration and help get more people, especially men, actively involved."

Messages of Hope

At the rally, Olsen unveiled a six-foot tall journal where men wrote personal notes of hope about breast cancer. During the month of October, the journal will travel to several City of Hope breast cancer walks across the country collecting notes and ultimately end at City of Hope headquarters in Los Angeles for exhibit.

Men and others can also visit papermate.com/writeforhope and enter a virtual note for hope as part of Paper Mate's Write for Hope campaign. Each month through December 2008, a note will be randomly selected and $500 donated in the entrant's name to City of Hope.

Families Find Strength in Words

In addition to mobilizing men as active participants in the fight against breast cancer, the "Are You Man Enough?" campaign empowers men with the knowledge that writing notes of hope has real benefits to those fighting the disease.

Tom Keilty, whose wife Ruth died in 2005 after a 12-year battle with the disease, credits the hundreds of handwritten notes both Ruth and his family received for giving them encouragement throughout Ruth's battle with the disease. Keilty, a Paper Mate ambassador whose wife's story appears on papermate.com, and his 19-year-old son Jason joined Olsen at the rally to encourage other men to join the "Are You Man Enough?" campaign and write their own notes of hope to those in need.

"We have eight binders full of the handwritten notes Ruth received from family, friends and neighbors," said Keilty. "These were invaluable in providing her the strength and faith she needed to remain positive," said Keilty. "On more than one occasion, a note moved Ruth so deeply that she cried, and I have no doubt those tears were in appreciation for all the unwavering love and encour
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