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Real Men Wear Pink participants named

Annual campaign focuses on breast cancer awareness

Special Photo: Henry Medical Center has announced the participants in its 2011 Real Men Wear Pink Campaign, to educate the public about breast cancer. They are: Andy Pippin (from left), Shane Thompson, Chuck Spahos, Montá Brown, Jim Chafin, Jimmy Carter, Ken Wright, Paul White, Kent Booth, and Brian Strickland.

Special Photo: Henry Medical Center has announced the participants in its 2011 Real Men Wear Pink Campaign, to educate the public about breast cancer. They are: Andy Pippin (from left), Shane Thompson, Chuck Spahos, Montá Brown, Jim Chafin, Jimmy Carter, Ken Wright, Paul White, Kent Booth, and Brian Strickland.

Monta Brown, a McDonough city councilman, said he was honored when the marketing staff at Henry Medical Center asked him to take part in a campaign to educate the public about breast cancer.

“They didn’t know that my grandmother died of breast cancer,” he said. “Having gone through everything my family went through, I figured it was a lighthearted way to bring attention to a very serious subject.”

Henry Medical Center is enlisting the help of 10 local men, including Brown, to assist in the fight against breast cancer. The hospital, on Tuesday, announced its participants for the 2011 Real Men Wear Pink campaign, which will kick off Oct. 1.

Additional participants in the third annual endeavor are: Kent Booth, an Eagle’s Landing Middle School language arts teacher; Jimmy Carter, co-owner of Southern Belle Farm; Henry County State Court Judge Jim Chafin; Hampton City Manager Andy Pippin; Henry County Solicitor General Chuck Spahos; Brian Strickland, an attorney with the firm of Smith Welch Webb & White; Shane Thompson, founder of Shane’s Rib Shack; Paul White, the Chick-fil-A at Eagle’s Landing operator; and Ken Wright, store manager of the Publix at Eagle’s Landing.

The men will be active in educating the public during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, according to Michelle Nunnally, public relations specialist for Henry Medical Center. “During October, Henry Medical Center works to spread pink throughout Henry County,” said Nunnally. “The goal is to encourage women to take a step toward early detection of breast cancer, by scheduling a mammogram.”

Brian Strickland said although he is not married, and does not have daughters, he believes the issue of breast cancer awareness is something in which more people should get involved. “Cancer affects everyone differently, and it’s something that can be prevented through early detection,” said Strickland.

The attorney hopes to spread the word about screenings for breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other health issues. “More than just talking about it, I think men should go to the doctor and get screenings,” he said.

Spahos called breast-cancer awareness an important issue. “There are several community-awareness events that are planned,” he said. “I’ve just been asked by Connecting Henry to participate in hosting the third annual Fit For Families 5K at Tanger Outlet Center, on Oct. 8. Proceeds from the run and walk go to Henry Medical Center, and help fund this campaign.”

Carter said his wife, Kathy, was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. “She was always very good about getting mammograms, and it was caught very early. We just feel very strongly that this is something all women need to have done,” said Carter.

Nunnally said local businesses and organizations can display support in several ways in the fight against breast cancer. “Henry Medical Center needs the help of its community to paint the county pink,” she said. “Promote this campaign within your organization and ask your staff — men and women — to wear a pink shirt on selected days during October. At Henry Medical Center, we have designated Fridays as Real Men Wear Pink days.”

Nunnally added that businesses can photograph staff members wearing pink, and e-mail them for display on the hospital’s web site.

For more information on the breast cancer awareness campaign, call Donna Braddy, at (678) 604-5187, or Michelle Nunnally at (678) 604-1026.