‘Real men wear pink’ to sup­port breast can­cer aware­ness

The Calvert Recorder - - News - Michael Reid mreid@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecMICHAEL

Bob Car­pen­ter has been per­son­ally af­fected by can­cer over the years. He lost his mother, Avis Car­pen­ter, to ovar­ian can­cer in 1985, his fa­ther-in-law, Grant Lane, to brain can­cer in 2000, his mother-in­law, Vir­ginia “Tuny” Lane, to breast can­cer in 2001, and his sis­ter-in-law was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer sev­eral years ago.

“It’s some­thing I’ve been in­volved with off and on for years,” Car­pen­ter said. “Los­ing a par­ent and see­ing the im­por­tance or know­ing some­one who has been af­fected by some form can­cer has re­ally brought [the dis­ease] to the fore­front. It’s one of those ar­eas that’s al­ways at the top of my mind.” And the Calvert County Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent and CEO is do­ing ev­ery­thing he can when he was re­cently named to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety in Calvert County’s “Real Men Wear Pink” Re­lay For Life fundrais­ing team.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, ap­prox­i­mately 5,940 new breast can­cer cases will be di­ag­nosed in Mary­land in the com­ing year, and about 268,670 new breast can­cer cases, in­clud­ing 2,500 men, will be di­ag­nosed in the U.S. In ad­di­tion, ap­prox­i­mately 63,960 new cases of car­ci­noma in situ — which is non-in­va­sive and the ear­li­est form of breast can­cer — will be di­ag­nosed in women in the U.S.

Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety Se­nior Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Nancy Miller said ev­ery dol­lar raised helps the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety save lives from breast can­cer through early de­tec­tion and preven­tion, in­no­va­tive breast can­cer re­search, and pa­tient sup­port. It is cur­rently fund­ing more than $62.6 mil­lion in breast can­cer re­search grants na­tion­wide. They also pro­vide free, com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to those touched by breast can­cer when and where they need it. And, the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety helps peo­ple take steps to re­duce their breast can­cer risk or find it early, when it may be eas­ier to treat.

“Ev­ery­one has been touched by can­cer in some way,” Miller said.

“It’s crit­i­cally im­por­tant we do ev­ery­thing we can to erad­i­cate this dis­ease,” said Car­pen­ter, who in 2008 served as co-chair of the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Cel­e­bra­tion of Life along with his late wife, Pat, and helped raise more than $450,000.

But the dis­ease will be fac­ing a wor­thy ad­ver­sary as Car­pen­ter joins Calvert NAACP Pres­i­dent Michael Kent, North Beach Town Coun­cil mem­ber and may­oral can­di­date Mike Benton, Del. Mark Fisher (R-Calvert), Calvert County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber and county com­mis­sioner can­di­date Kelly McCon­key, Home­land Se­cu­rity ca­nine han­dler Mark Odom, Pen- tagon Force Pro­tec­tion Agency in­ves­ti­ga­tor Eric Marsh, 7th Cir­cuit Court Judge E. Gre­gory Wells, Calvert County prop­erty tax as­ses­sor and for­mer Calvert County plan­ning com­mis­sioner Mal­colm Funn, and Dfc. Dave Ja­cobs and Lt. Ron­nie Naughton, who are rep­re­sent­ing Twin Beaches’ sher­iff’s deputies.

“When I was first ap­proached I was ini­tially hon­ored and touched that I could help the cause,” Car­pen­ter said. “But as I thought it over, I knew the cham­ber has many non­prof­its as mem­bers so my only hes­i­ta­tion was, ‘Should I sin­gle out one of our mem­bers?’ But I thought about the im­por­tance to me and the way it’s af­fected my life and I was happy to step for­ward.”

“We do have a great team,” Miller said. “We were able to re­cruit some very prom­i­nent busi­ness peo­ple, and it’s very ex­cit­ing to see what they’ll do about help­ing us spread aware­ness about breast can­cer aware­ness. One of our vol­un­teers helped re­cruit a lot of those gen­tle­men, and of course ev­ery­one was will­ing to help.”

The who’s who of Calvert County lu­mi­nar- ies will be rais­ing funds for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety through the end of Oc­to­ber, which is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month. The goal is for each team to raise $2,500.

As of late Mon­day morn­ing, Car­pen­ter had raised $3,000 and is com­fort­ably ahead in first place while run­ner-up Funn has raised $561. The Twin Beach deputies ($402), Odom ($235) and Wells ($102), round out the top five.

“Right now he’s in first place,” Miller said of Car­pen­ter, “but I think he’s go­ing to have some tough com­pe­ti­tion [the rest of the way]. Ev­ery dol­lar helps.”

But the deputies will hope to pull ahead when the Town of Ch­e­sa­peake Beach holds “Turn­ing the Beach Pink” from 4 to 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Oct. 24, when Mamma Lu­cia’s, Rod ‘N’ Reel and Traders Steak & Ale will do­nate a per­cent­age of their pro­ceeds to the deputies’ fundrais­ing ef­forts.

To do­nate to one of the team mem­bers, go to www.real­men­wearpinkacs.org/calvert­coun­tymd or www.face­book.com/RMWPCalvert.

More can­di­date fo­rums planned

The League of Women vot­ers of Calvert County will hold a can­di­date fo­rum 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 11, at St. John Vian­ney Life Cen­ter, 105 Vian­ney Lane in Prince Fred­er­ick.

The fo­rum will be for state can­di­dates, in­clud­ing state del­e­gates and se­na­tors, U.S. Con­gres­sional Dis­trict 5, as well as state ref­er­en­dums.

The League of Women Vot­ers will also hold a can­di­date fo­rum for North Beach mayor at 6:30 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 16, at North Beach Town Hall.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.LWCCalvert. org.

Com­mu­nity Re­source Fair set for Oct. 19

A free Com­mu­nity Re­source Fair will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 19, at St. John Vian­ney Fam­ily Life Cen­ter, 105 Vian­ney Lane in Prince Fred­er­ick.

The re­source fair is an an­nual event hosted by sev­eral lo­cal agen­cies and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions whose mis­sion is to share re­sources that may be help­ful to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness and those at risk of home­less­ness.

Give­aways and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties will be of­fered.

Call 410-535-0044, email echode­vel­op­ment@com­cast.net, or go to www. pro­jecte­cho.net.

Breast can­cer fundraiser set

Vera’s White Sands Beach Club will hold Ver­a­palooza Ok­to­ber­fest: “Save a Rack” from 1 to 10 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 20, at 1200 White Sands Drive in Lusby. Jesse James will per­form 1 to 3 p.m., Cow­boy Cross­ing will per­form 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Cody Spicer will per­form 6 to 8 p.m. and Wes Ryce & The Vice will per­form 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event fea­tures drink spe­cials, games and give­aways.

Tick­ets are $15, $20 at the door. Go to www.ve­ras­beach­club.net/events.

CSM Con­nec­tions dead­line nears

Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land has an­nounced that Wed­nes­day, Oct. 24, will be the dead­line for sub­mis­sions to its Fall Con­nec­tions mag­a­zine. Au­thors, poets, pho­tog­ra­phers and artists are en­cour­aged to sub­mit their works for pub­li­ca­tion in the mag­a­zine. A re­cep­tion and read­ing of pub­lished works will be held Fri­day, Dec. 7. There is no fee to sub­mit items. Call 301-9347864, email Con­nec­tions@ csmd.edu, or go to www.csmd.edu/com­mu­nity/con­nec­tions-lit­er­ary-se­ries/con­nec­tions-mag­a­zine.

Fu­ture teach­ers in­vited to CSM

Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land will hold a free Fall Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 25, at the Prince Fred­er­ick cam­pus, 115 J.W. Wil­liams Road in Prince Fred­er­ick. The open house is a chance for cur­rent high school and col­lege stu­dents to drop in and learn about teacher ed­u­ca­tion, as well as cer­ti­fi­ca­tion path­ways here in South­ern Mary­land. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the col­lege, lo­cal school sys­tems and part­ner in­sti­tu­tions will be on hand. The event is free. Call 240-725-5459, email El­iz­a­beth.Set­tle@csmd.edu, or go to www.csmd.edu/teachered.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Even Twin Beaches po­lice dog Oz gets into the Real Men Wear Pink cam­paign.

Lt. Ron­nie Naughton of the Calvert County Sher­iff’s Of­fice sports a pink scarf dur­ing the Real Men Wear Pink cam­paign.

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