Our Founder’s Personal Story
Stephen Peck has lived through the challenges of leading a family through the cancer process, from diagnosis to end stage disease. Inspired by his battle-hardened experience, he created this project where he can share his lessons with all male caregivers.
Corporate and Medical Board
We are developing a corporate board composed of business and medical professionals and we will be forming a medical board that will consist of oncologists, psychologists, and sociologists.
Stephen, the founder, will handle all the work until funds allow for others to join our team. We will look for a part-time development professional for our first paid employee to focus strictly on raising funds for the program. Outside professionals will do legal services and bookkeeping.
Caring Men is designated a 501 (C) (3). We have as its sole mission the education of men on how to deal with cancer when it strikes the family or a loved one. We are dedicated to building a community of men to help one another and to leverage our multiple connections within the cancer community to support our mission.
We stand for leadership, guidance, and the inspiration that there are means available to help men succeed during the cancer process.
Our target audience is any man close to a relative, loved one, or friend in need of help throughout the cancer challenges.
I have lived through the challenges of leading a family through the cancer process from diagnosis to end-stage disease. My experience is battle-hardened and the experience I learned through this process is one that will be available throughout our programs.
Our goal is to have all men, women, and children, recognize that Caring Men is the” Go TO” site to obtain all the necessary information needed to guide a family or friend through the cancer process. We will offer seminars from psychologists, oncologists, and medical professionals as well as links to every known available source of information. We will be a “library” that offers unlimited data to help men through the process.
Social media today offers the greatest means to distribute information. At any time, individuals can research a question concerning how to care for a patient. The Caring Men site will be connected to all social media platforms from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as a multitude of others.
Caring Men will be a global site as, cancer knows no borders. There are approximately 18 million cancer cases yearly effecting those without recognition of their socio-economic position. Our site will give comfort to those needing to have information, so they are more confident in their care giving. It is known that when patients are stressed
their cortisol levels increase and therefore interfere with their treatments. By having the caregiver more confident in their caring, the patient will be more comfortable and therefore their cortisol levels will decrease for more effective treatment.
Caring Men will:
1). develop a “crowd funding” program to raise funds to build a website. This website will be the foundation where all men go to gather the information needed to help any patient. We will have direct links to key advocacy groups, medical sites, pharma, etc.
2). develop blogs so that men can communicate with each other,
3). have an ongoing grant program to consistently raise funds to support our platform and to develop other online programs to support men,
4). develop an email campaign to raise funds to support our mission,
5). once funds are sufficient and the budget allows, we will build a direct mail campaign as a supplement to other fund-raising efforts,
Initial staffing will be just myself until funds allow for others. We will first look for a part-time development professional as our first paid employee. This person will focus strictly on raising funds to support our mission. Legal and bookkeeping will be done by outside professionals.
We will build a corporate board with individuals having both business and medical knowledge.
We will build a medical board comprising oncologists, psychologists, and sociologists.
Caring Men will become an internationally known group to support those in need of guidance by delivering the information needed to support every male caregiver
Meet the Board
Stephen D. Peck
Mr. Peck is a senior level executive with both finance, administration and operational experience. His tenure has included leadership positions with both private and public companies. Having started his career as a junior accountant with Price Waterhouse gave him the foundation necessary to incorporate his accounting skills with both his administration and operational talent.
Mr. Peck spent 25 years with two companies offering each the talent and professionalism necessary to grow both revenues and profits. One of these companies is the well-known Phillips International, a leader in newsletter publishing. Having started with Phillips when they were just $12 million in revenue gave Mr. Peck an opportunity to utilize his skills to help the company grow to over $250 million. He was essential in aggressive financing for both acquisition and general working capital needs. Mr. Peck had a department of over 160 employees during his tenure. Mr. Peck was solely responsible for a new Maryland tax law being passed which helped direct marketing firms mail into other states from Maryland. This law reduced operating costs substantially for both the Phillips company and all other direct marketers.
Following Phillips, Mr. Peck was Chief Financial Officer for American Mobile Satellite, a NASDAQ company; SKYC-the founders of XM Satellite. At the start of Mr. Peck's tenure he was instrumental in helping AMSC balance their cash needs to a more manageable level until the company was able to raise funding via a highly successful high yield bond offering during March 1998. The company raised over $300 million during this critical time of the company's cycle. These funds allowed the company to pay down existing debt and to have sufficient working capital to operate the business, in addition to acquiring a division of Motorola.
Following Mr. Peck's tenure at AMSC, he formed a new company with a well- known Washington, D.C. developer to invest in early to mid- stage companies. During the first year of operation his company, Peco Holdings, L.L.C., invested in four east coast companies. Lead investors included venture groups such as Spectrum Partners, AT&T Joint Venture, Mid Atlantic, Keystone Partners, and Five Paces.
Mr. Peck has played an active role in the community by forming foundations that specialize in educating men and families on breast cancer issues. He is the founder of the Family Cancer Institute and Co-founder of Men Against Breast Cancer.
He is married to the former Joanne Cohen and between the two families have four outstanding children. He is a native Midwesterner with a BBA from the University of Cincinnati.