CPPI’s Brian Leslie ranked third in country for American Cancer Society fundraising

October 12, 2018

Gainesville, Fla.  – CPPI President/Principal Brian Leslie is ranked third in the United States for the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink fundraising campaign, with $36,779 raised thus far. Out of hundreds of Real Men Wear Pink fundraisers across the country, Brian’s total comes in behind only Grant Navarre of Southwest Louisiana and Tom Flookes of Seattle, with less than $2,000 between Brian’s third place and Tom’s second place spots.

Brian began his fundraising campaign in August, and will continue to fundraise through the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. His fundraising goal is $40,000. The Real Men Wear Pink campaign, sponsored by the American Cancer Society is an annual fundraiser in which male community leaders around the nation raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer initiatives, including innovative research, patient services, and education around screenings and risk reduction.

The mission of the American Cancer Society and Real Men Wear Pink hits close to home for Brian. His family’s life was turned upside down when his wife, Keri, was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, a form of breast cancer, on August 17th, 2017. Through a Facebook group started by Keri, Brian and Keri discovered that they personally know 60 women that are going through, have gone through, or have passed away from breast cancer.

“I did my best to support Keri with love and dedication, but…that feeling of helplessness was ever-present,” Brian said on his fundraising page. “Then…between Keri’s fourth and fifth surgery, we got a text from a friend who works for the American Cancer Society, asking if I would agree to be a Real Men Wear Pink advocate. It was immediately obvious that this was where I could make a difference,” he continued.

As a Real Men Wear Pink candidate, Brian has committed to wearing pink each day throughout October, raising awareness through social media networks and word of mouth, and raising money to help the American Cancer Society fight breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer type in women, after skin cancer. In 2018, about 268,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. About 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS), a non-invasive and early form of breast cancer, will be diagnosed in women.

If you’d like to make a donation to Brian’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign, you can donate online or via check.


Ranked one of Engineering News-Record’s 2018 “Top Contractors,” Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) is one of the Southeast’s largest privately held construction firms. Recognized as a powerhouse of innovation, sustainability, craftsmanship and expertise, CPPI performs a wide range of design-build, construction management and general contracting services, including project planning and modeling, budget estimating and cost management, project scheduling and construction.

Since 1968, CPPI has completed work for many industries, but specializes in the healthcare, education, and commercial sectors. For more information, please visit CPPI’s website at www.cppi.com, follow CPPI on Twitter @CPPI_News, or call 888-435-CPPI.