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Men Wear Turquoise, Too!

Fighting for healthy lungs and against lung cancer

Meet Our Men

Men Wear Turquoise, Too - Los Angeles & Orange County is a unique American Lung Association program to engage leaders in the Los Angeles & Orange County community in raising awareness about how air quality impacts lung health while raising funds to end lung cancer, the number one cancer killer in America.  Southern California's increasing air pollution, heat waves, wildfires, severe droughts, and other environmental hazards threaten our lung health.  For too many children, asthma is the new reality.

NOW is the time to improve the air we breathe and END lung disease.

The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative launched five years ago, uniting women and their loved ones to stand together and fight lung cancer.

Men Wear Turquoise, Too! was created as a complement to our female-focused LUNG FORCE national initiative.  We absolutely encourage women to participate in MWTT and vice versa.

Lung cancer is increasing among women—among our mothers, daughters, sisters and partners of any age, across every ethnicity. In the last 41 years, new lung cancer cases have increased 87% among women, while falling 35% for men. We must take action today.

Thanks to the commitment of our Turquoise men and women, we can have an even greater impact on improving the air we breathe and putting an end to lung cancer.

Please Meet Our Candidates

  • Mickey Anderson

    As a Region Director at CVS Health, Mickey Anderson is responsible for all facets of the CVS pharmacy business in the Central California market. Mickey has responsibility for leading 12 districts and 172 store teams from Los Angeles in the South to San Jose in the North. Mickey joined CVS Health in 2014.Read more

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  • Alex Bazley

    Alex is a General Manager at Colliers International a global real estate services firm. He specializes in high traffic urban market retail management. As a community activist, fitness enthusiast and traveler he understands the necessity of clean air as a component of a healthy lifestyle and community.Read more

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  • Afif El-Hasan

    Dr. Afif El-Hasan is a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, California. He has been an active member of the organization's Asthma Care Management Team for more than 13 years, which strives to optimize the care of thousands of patients living with asthma.Read more

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  • Nick Pyzow

    Nick brings more than 25 years of experience to the team with a proven track record in business development and sales leadership, primarily in the Southern California market. His trainings and seminars on networking, sales, business development, time management and professional planning are always engaging and insightful - sometimes challenging - but always fun.Read more

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  • Ben Reiss

    Ben Reiss serves on the Los Angeles Chamber's sales team as Business Development Manager. He has more than 14 years’ experience in strategic partnerships, business development and monetization of opportunities.Read more

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  • Harmik J. Soukiasian

    Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, is an expert thoracic surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive approaches to treating lung cancer, investigating new approaches to lung disease, and treating esophageal conditions.Read more

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  • Tai Esteban Sunnanon

    Tai Esteban Sunnanon is the founder and CEO of the strategic insights group, the premier mission-driven consulting firm in Los Angeles. He is also the Executive Director of Independent Cities Association, a membership based organization of independent cities throughout Southern California. He has spent over 20 years as an international social entrepreneur, university instructor, author and speakerRead more

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  • Jess Talamantes

    As senior member on Council, with a 32-year career of dedicated service as a Burbank Firefighter, Jess Talamantes continues to bring a powerful, new perspective to the Burbank City Council. Read more

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  • Marc Vinson

    Marc Vinson is the founder and CEO of Run Success, an international investment, management consulting, and crisis resolution firm with business holdings or professional consulting history that spans 4 continents.Read more

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  • Daniel S. Oh, MD

    Dr. Oh is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC and is the medical director of the St. Jude Center for Thoracic and Esophageal Diseases.Read more

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  • Nareg Mouradian

    Nareg Mouradian is the president and chief executive officer of Maestro Development, LLC, a Southern California development firm that specializes in construction management for the healthcare, education, public agency, and real estate industries.Read more

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  • David N. Pham, M.D., F.C.C.P.

    David Pham, MD is the President and Founder of the Allianz Research Institute, whose mission is to Revolutionize health delivery with new technology to deliver drugs more efficiently with our new patent pending technology.Read more

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  • Debora Wright

    Debora Wright is CEO of Inner Images, Inc., a mobile mammography business serving all of California. Currently, her company serves over 40,000 women a year through the Every Woman Counts Program. Debbie is the founder and executive director of A Vision of Health, a non-profit organization developed to utilize a full field digital mobile mammography coach and disease prevention programs through nutrition and exercise. She has been a Cancer Activist for over thirty years.Read more

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  • Keith Kaplan

    Driven by a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to paying it forward Keith Kaplan wears many hats. As a licensed realtor he proudly works with Sotheby’s International Realty representing buyers and sellers of residential real estate with a focus on West Hollywood, the Hollywood hills and the westside of Los Angeles. At the same time he maintains a full schedule as President of The Kaplan Group, a firm specializing in marketing, public relations and public policy work for luxury lifestyle products. Read more

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  • H. Bryant Nguyen, MD, MS

    Dr. Nguyen is the John E. Peterson Professor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Basic Sciences and Pharmacy Practice. He is the Head of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Hyperbaric, Allergy and Sleep Medicine, Director for the Medical Intensive Care Unit, as well as the Vice-Chair of Research in Department of Medicine at Loma Linda University in California. Read more

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  • Rodney Mardirosian

    Rodney S. Mardirosian, MPH is the Manager of Physician Development for Adventist Health Physicians Network, where he is responsible for growing the organization's provider network in Southern California Region. He facilitates the seamless integration of the affiliation between the hospital network and Adventist Health Physician Network (APHN). He also acts as a physician advocate in the community. He has been a key fundraising volunteer with the American Lung Association since 2014. Read more

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  • Laren D. Tan, MD, FCCP

    Laren D. Tan, MD, FCCP, is the Founder and Director of Loma Linda University Health Comprehensive Program for Obstructive Airway Diseases. He is also the Head for Loma Linda University Health, Department of Medicine Center of Innovation and Promotions. Dr. Tan is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary, critical care, hyperbaric, allergy and sleep medicine. Currently he also serves as president elect for the California Thoracic Society (CTS). Read more

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  • Paresh Giri, MD

    Dr. Giri is Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services and Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He received his M.B.B.S. from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and completed his Internal Medicine residency at LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. He went on to complete his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center.Read more

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  • Andrew J. Littlefair

    Andrew J. Littlefair serves as President and CEO of Clean Energy. Prior to assuming his position at Clean Energy, he was Chairman of NGVAmerica. Based in Washington D.C., the organization is dedicated to the development of a growing, sustainable and profitable market for vehicles powered by natural gas.Read more

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  • Mayor Jose Gonzalez

    Bridging City Leadership, and the world of technology with education as Mayor of the City of Cudahy, Mayor Gonzalez proudly fights and works for education, health, jobs, city infrastructure upgrades, and economic development. He remains committed to a healthier Cudahy and will continue pursuing policies that protect residents.Read more

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  • Council Member Timothy Murphy

    Council Member Murphy is a family and criminal law attorney working in private practice. He was a Superior Court Commissioner and former Burbank City Council Member from 1989 to 1993. In 2016, he acted as Will Rogers’ campaign manager. Council Member Murphy stated that his top three significant issues are the budget, infrastructure and voter participation that includes voicing their opinion to the City Council. Read more

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  • Council Member Bob Frutos

    Bob Frutos has been serving the Burbank community for over 15 years. In 2003 he was appointed to the Burbank Police Commission and has served as its Chairman for three years. He served as a member of the Burbank Charter Review Committee and sub-committee. He served for over five years on the Board of Directors of the Kids Community Dental Clinic. Bob was elected to the Burbank City Council in 2013. Read more

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  • Captain Edward Ramirez

    Edward Ramirez’s three years of demonstrated leadership at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station and his rapport with the community made him the ideal candidate for this position. Read more

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  • We've Raised:

    Our Goal: $80,000.00

Top Candidates

    1. Andrew Littlefair - $3,574.00
    2. Personal Gift Nareg Mouradian - $2,758.00
    3. Personal Gift Marc Vinson - $2,501.00
    4. Paresh Giri - $2,050.00
    5. Mickey Anderson - $2,049.00
    6. Personal Gift Rodney Mardirosian - $1,441.00
    7. Keith Kaplan - $1,173.00
    8. Personal Gift Nick Pyzow - $1,000.00
    9. Personal Gift Debora Wright - $1,000.00
    10. Personal Gift Alexander Bazley - $760.00
    11. Bob Frutos - $530.00
    12. Afif El-Hasan - $500.00
    13. Personal Gift Daniel Oh - $500.00
    14. Tim Murphy - $385.00
    15. Harmik Soukiasian - $348.00
    16. H. Bryant Nguyen - $264.00
    17. Ed Ramirez - $222.00
    18. Jose Gonzalez - $210.00
    19. Laren Tan - $33.00
    20. Jess Talamantes - $25.00

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