‘Real men wear pink’ to support breast cancer awareness
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 email@example.com, 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.
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.