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Sewickley area father-son duo focuses on American Cancer Society's 'Real Men Wear Pink' campaign

| Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Dan (right) and Matt Brennan, a father and son duo from the Sewickley area, are participating in the American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink of Greater Pittsburgh 2017 campaign.
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Dan (right) and Matt Brennan, a father and son duo from the Sewickley area, are participating in the American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink of Greater Pittsburgh 2017 campaign.

Dan and Matt Brennan, a father and son duo from the Sewickley area, have seen friends and family members fight cancer.

Dan, 56, started volunteering for multiple American Cancer Society boards and committees since graduating college in 1983. Matt, 30, has been involved for the past five years.

After participating in events such as Coaches vs. Cancer, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and golf outings, the Brennans are participating in the organization's Real Men Wear Pink of Greater Pittsburgh.

Real Men Wear Pink is a distinguished group of community leaders raising funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Participants wear pink every day in October and compete to raise money.

“Our goal for our fundraiser was to provide our guests with an evening they would not normally have,” said Matt Brennan, a financial controller at BNY Mellon.

The father and son team hosted a fundraiser earlier this month that featured a wine and bourbon dinner for 45 guests with an auction. The Brennans are planning a similar event on Oct. 25 at 424 Walnut in Sewickley, beginning at 8 p.m.

With the help from the first event, the two have raised about $10,000.

“We want people to know that there is more they can do than just donate money when it comes to fighting breast cancer,” said Dan, the general manager and chief operating officer of the Pittsburgh Golf Club. “A large part of the fight against breast cancer is to spread awareness. When detected early it is a very treatable form of cancer. However, if you are in the position to donate, we want you to know that these funds are not only used for research, but for many great programs.”

Funds raised through Real Men Wear Pink help support American Cancer Society initiatives such as Look Good Feel Better, which helps women with makeup and wigs, and Road to Recovery, which takes patients to their doctor appointments.

The Brennans joined the Real Men Wear Pink movement this year at the urging of friend Brian Gulish, who works at the regional office of the American Cancer Society and is a native of the Sewickley Valley.

Cancer, though, has affected their family for years — Dan Brennan's mother and sister-in-law are breast cancer survivors.

The Brennans said the key component to getting others involved is by networking with friends and business contacts.

Matthew Peaslee is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

Correction: A previous version of this story, including the print edition, had incorrect information regarding Dan Brennan's mother and sister-in-law. The story has been updated.

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