Striking up the music for breast cancer

The effort to make the public more aware of breast cancer will have a musical tone this weekend, thanks to a participant in Henry Medical Center's (HMC) annual campaign.

Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, at 2580 Ga. Highway 42 North in McDonough, will host "Real Men Wear Pink Presents A Celebration of Life Through Music."

The free event is planned for Saturday, at the Cannon-Cleveland Funeral home, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m. It is the brainchild of the funeral home's co-owner, Greg Cannon, who is taking part in the hospital's Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

He said it was important to him and his staff, because of the need to reach out to those affected breast cancer. "We wanted to participate through more than just me wearing a pink tie," said Cannon. "In the work that we do, we see the effects that cancer has on lives. We wanted to do something very positive to celebrate life with cancer survivors. We also wanted to provide encouragement for those struggling with any type of cancer."

Survivors of breast cancer, he said, are scheduled to speak to those in attendance at the event. He said the topics of mammograms for women, and prostate checkups for men, also will be addressed.

Henry Medical Center will have a representative on hand to discuss the advantages of early detection, and preventive health care, Cannon said.

Music will be provided contemporary music leaders at Salem Baptist Church in McDonough, and recording artists, Men of Music, he added.

Cannon plans to organize a similar effort, even after his time in the hospital campaign is complete. "We would love to do it every year," he said.

Nine men are participating with Cannon, in Real Men Wear Pink, said HMC's Public Relations Specialist Michelle Nunnally. They include Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer, Henry County Police Maj. Stoney Mathis, District IV Commissioner Reid Bowman, André Landers, senior pastor of Higher Living Christian Church, Dr. Peto Fallas of Fallas Family Vision, Taylor Rice of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Carl Knowlton, principal of Tussahaw Elementary School, Mike Vigil, of Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln Mercury, and Mike Hall, of JCPenney.

Nunnally said the group has been active in supporting the hospital's campaign against breast cancer. She said Maj. Mathis has spoken before the Board of Commissioners, and the Rotary Club of Henry County, about being more aware of breast cancer.

Knowlton, Nunnally added, has held "Pink Out Days" at his school, encouraging students and teachers to wear pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"We ask the men to help us spread the message," she said. "The fact that Greg Cannon and these men are willing to take it to this level, is a testament to their dedication to this campaign."

For details on the music event at Cannon-Cleveland, call Greg Cannon at (770) 914-1414. For more information on HMC's Real Men Wear Pink endeavor, call Donna Braddy at (678) 604-5187, or Michelle Nunnally at (678) 604-1026.