MEDFORD, Ore. -- No one should have to fight breast cancer alone and Daryl Griggs, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, is making sure no one does.
"I want it done. I want to eradicate it," he said.
He's one of 35 Oregon men who volunteered to help raise awareness and money throughout October for real men wear pink--a campaign from the American Cancer Society.
"I'm stretching myself and getting out of my comfort zone and I volunteered, more like volun-told by the ladies in my life but I accepted the challenge,” Griggs added.
Each Real Men Wear Pink candidate is taking on the challenge of raising $2,500 for breast cancer research and Griggs is at almost$1,500. For him breast cancer awareness month means more than raising money, it’s actually spreading awareness of the battle, starting with his kids.
According to a Providence surgeon, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before she is 80 years old. Griggs originally volunteered to be more a part of the community but as he slowly got more and more involved, he realized breast cancer hits closer to home.
"My cousin Sandra is actually fighting now and she's going to win because she's a powerful lady and my cousin Angie, both of which helped raise us when we were little."
This got him thinking about his daughters and began educating them and the rest of his kids.
“I don't want this for them. I cringe at the thought of getting the phone call talking about how they had the doctor's appointment and it didn't go well and they have to go in for a biopsy or something like that or the lump that they found and now they’re scared. Being a father is all about protecting your kids and I don't know any other way to fight this besides putting myself out there and make sure we make everyone aware of what's going on,” Griggs added.
Daryl's kids have been a crucial part of his fundraising efforts. The younger ones gave up their piggy bank money to help. One of his children made and sold paintings which buyers then gave to survivors. So far he’s raised just about $1,500. His goal is $2,500. You can donate here.