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Lake Orion AD Chris Bell joins 'Real Men Wear Pink' campaign

Lake Orion athletic director Chris Bell

For 31 days this month, Chris Bell will stand out.

The Lake Orion High School athletic director is venturing beyond his usual green and black attire, accenting it with pink every day of the month.

It’s his contribution to the American Cancer Society’s “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign during October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. Bell is one of 19 prominent men in Oakland County who will participate for the month, raising money to help fight breast cancer.

So we’re hoping you will support his cause and make him the most successful of the 19 candidates, unveiled Wednesday night at a kickoff event in Troy.

His opening goal? $2,500. But that could be just a starting point. If the Lake Orion community rallies behind him, Chris’ total could soar well past that.

His donation page is here.

He shared his “Why I wear pink” message on the website.

“This past year, members of my extended family have been battling cancer. My sister-in-law was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, has had surgery and is healing, and looks like things are going to be ok. Another sister-in-law's father is dealing with lung cancer and is fighting hard. My grandmother, Stella, was a breast cancer survivor. Putting these along with colleagues who have battled cancer, specifically breast cancer along with all the players that I have coached whom have had their lives affected by loved ones battling breast cancer has brought this awful disease front and center.”

After 19 years as Lake Orion’s football coach, Chris helped the community rally around a team on the field.

Now you have a chance to join his team off the field.

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