WSMV 4’s Marius Payton joins fight against breast cancer

Marius has been raising money to bring awareness to the disease ever since his best friend’s wife lost her battle with breast cancer.
Marius Payton is working to raise $4,000 during the month of October for the American Cancer Society.
Published: Oct. 2, 2023 at 4:05 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2023 at 7:33 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Throughout October, WSMV 4′s Marius Payton will be wearing pink.

Marius is working with the American Cancer Society on its Men Wear Pink campaign to raise money for breast cancer research, patient support and advocacy.

“Breast cancer affects everyone - it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman,” Marius said. “That’s why I’m stepping up to fight breast cancer with all I have. By raising money and awareness through Men Wear Pink, I’m helping to save more lives from breast cancer.”

Marius has been raising money to bring awareness to the disease since 2005. That’s when his best friend’s wife lost her battle with breast cancer.

“I remember sitting at her funeral with tears in my eyes,” he said. “I promised Valerie Ruff that I would do everything in my power to put an end to this disease.”

He says he has no idea how much money he’s raised for research but reminds people that self-checks and doctor visits are just as crucial in preventing and treating the disease.

“The ability to catch this disease early is so important,” Marius said.

Marius said he got a glimpse at how important his work in fighting breast cancer has affected others while interviewing for an upcoming story.

“I was interviewing Scott Levin, whose wife is a 7-year breast cancer survivor,” Marius said. “He told me that he is now involved in Men Wear Pink because he watched me wear pink for the entire month of October last year, and that motivated him to get involved.”

Marius has a goal of raising $4,000 during October.

You can support his campaign cause and learn more about the American Cancer Society here.