In 1992, Mr. Heyison’s mother, Gloria, was diagnosed with breast cancer. To date she has remained cancer free. Since his mother’s diagnosis, Mr. Heyison’s passion has been to eradicate breast cancer. Marc has created two 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations, The Gloria Heyison Breast Cancer Foundation and Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC).
In 1999, Mr. Heyison founded and currently serves as President of Men Against Breast Cancer, the first and only national non-profit organization designed to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when breast cancer strikes their family. MABC is a recognized national leader in care for the caregiver.
Mr. Heyison is the 2000 recipient of The Columbia Hospital For Women’s Outstanding Individual Commitment Award in the fight against breast cancer. He also received 2001 WUSA’s TV 9 “Nine Who Care” Awards for community service in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and The Thomas Jefferson Award from The American Institute, the highest civilian volunteer award granted in the United States. In 2002, Men Against Breast Cancer was invited to join the Board of Sponsors of The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). In the spring of 2003, Mr. Heyison was honored by Washington Life Magazine as of one its “Men of Substance and Style” for his commitment to breast cancer and to help others face this disease. Mr. Heyison was named the 2004 Male Speaker of the Year by Women of Virtue. And, in addition, he was the recipient of The 2004 Bess Cohn Humanitarian of the Year Award given annually by the Advertising Specialty Industry, which has over 10,000 members. In 2009, All Shades of Pink honored Mr. Heyison with its P.I.N.K. Lady Award. In 2010, he was honored both by Howard University Cancer Center with its Leadership in Cancer Award and by the Atlanta Braves Diamond of Hope Award 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Mr. Heyison received the 2011 Susan G. Komen For the Cure Philadelphia Affiliate’s Survivorship Award.
In 2003, MABC received the first CDC grant to enlist men in the fight against breast cancer The CDC grant recognizes the positive benefits of educating men on how to provide critical day-to-day emotional, mental and physical support and care to their loved ones stricken with breast cancer.
In 2007, Mr. Heyison collaborated on “For The Women We Love, a Breast Cancer Action Plan and Caregiver’s Guide For Men,” the first of guide book of its kind for men incorporating a proven scientific problem solving model to help men be there for the women they love.
In addition, in 2008, Mr. Heyison helped to author the book on behalf of The Wellness Community, “Frankly Speaking When Someone You Care About Has Breast Cancer.”
In 2013, Mr. Heyison authored a caregiving guide for any male caregiver called, “ It’s Not Rocket Science: Am I Listening or Am I Solving.”
Mr. Heyison is a graduate from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and former professional baseball player with the Baltimore Orioles.
In 1996, Mr. Heyison was elected to The George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 1999 he was elected to the Greater Washington, D.C. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Heyison lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter.