Real Men Wear Pink gives big to cancer research
Jason Turner, president of Matrix North American Construction, raised over $6,000 to help fight breast cancer.
In 2018, Jason Turner was the top fundraiser for Real Men Wear Pink.
Real Men Wear Pink, a campaign of the American Cancer Society, gives men a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer. In 2018, Jason Turner, president of Matrix North American Construction, a subsidiary of Matrix Service Co. in Tulsa, raised over $6,000, surpassing his $2,500 fundraising goal for RMWP, which helps the ACS raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer.
He did this by writing a personalized letter to 30 people he knew were generous and/or had a personal connection to breast cancer.
“I sent it out and was surprised at the immediate response I got,” Turner says. “People gave from $15 to $1,000, and within a few hours, I had surpassed the goal.”
The most impactful donation to Turner was his 9-year-old son Landon’s contribution. “He saw the campaign on my iPad and said, ‘I want to donate, too,’ so he gave from his allowance, which is $15. I thought he was going to give $5, but he gave all of it; it was everything he had.”
Turner lives in Tulsa with his wife, Marci; Landon; and their 13-year-old twins, William and Vivian.
Turner says he encourages his employees to give to a cause, whether financially, with their talents or with their time. “I want people to know that our (Tulsa) community cares and that they are generous,” he says.