The Faces of Breast Cancer

When you think of breast cancer, who do you see? For some, it’s an abstract picture, something that happens to an abstract someone else. For so many others, breast cancer has a face; the face of a sister, a mother, an aunt, a friend.

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Shannon & Lauren Corbitt with daughters, from left, Brooksie, Becca, & Maggie

This year, an Albertville woman became that face for her many loved ones. Lauren Corbitt, a wife, mother of three daughters  (and self-proclaimed full-time taxi driver) was diagnosed this past summer after a self-exam led her to contact her doctor.

Starting a blog soon after her diagnosis, she wanted to inform and empower others. “I don’t want breast cancer to be some big scary monster that has to stay in the closet. I don’t want words like mastectomy and chemo to be words that have to be discussed behind my back out of fear,” Corbitt declared.

 

Team LaurenHer family and friends recently came up with a way to honor her while helping fund a cause close to her heart. They formed Team Lauren to participate in the Pink Pumpkin Run, coming up this Saturday, October 25. Proceeds from the event benefit the Mammography Assistance Program at Marshall Medical Centers, which provides mammogram screenings for patients of any age who are uninsured, under insured or do not qualify for any other assistance programs.

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“Going Pink” with hard hats for the family business.

Corbitt wants to share her story as a way to help others, to urge women to be vigilant about self-exams, mammograms and to chuck modesty out the window! “I had someone, over the age of 40, tell me that she never had a mammogram because she was too modest. What I want my friends and daughters to understand is that this isn’t about modesty. It is about your health, your responsibilities as a wife and mother, it is about your life.”

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It’s a Pink Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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It’s just around the corner! The 5th annual Pink Pumpkin Run is October 25. With family fun for everyone, you don’t have to be a hard-core runner to participate – just be willing to get involved. Don’t miss a moment of the excitement!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:pumpkin run poster
7:00 – 8:45 am Race Day Registration
9:00 am: Pink Pumpkin Run 10K
9:30 am: Pink Pumpkin Run 5K
10:30 am 1 Mile Fun Run and Pancake Brunch
11:00 am: Awards Ceremony

 

Proceeds from the Pink Pumpkin event will benefit cancer care service programs at Marshall Medical Centers. The main beneficiary of the Pink Pumpkin funds is the Mammography Assistance Program (MAP) at Marshall Medical Centers North and South. Through the funds provided from MAP, women who cannot afford a yearly mammogram are offered assistance. Often the concern over the loss of income because of the time away from work or the lack of transportation or gas money prevent women from having this potentially life-saving test performed on an annual basis. Through MAP we have the ability to overcome these obstacles for many women.

The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers thanks the sponsors (listed below) and the groups who have hosted third-party fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

2014 PINK PUMPKIN RUN SPONSORS:

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Medical Centers OB/GYN

GOLD :
First Quality Homes and Construction, Inc.
Foodland
Healthy Her
Lakeview Orthodontics
Mary F. Holley, M.D., PC
Premier Family Care
Marshall Cancer Care Center
Namify
Progress Rail Services Corporation
Redstone Federal Credit Union
Therapyplus
Total Dental Care

SILVER:
Beard and Beard Attorneys
Citizens Bank and Trust
D&F Equipment Sales, Inc.
Eyecare Associates: Dr. Michael Carboni
Fleet Feet
Guntersville Raceway
Kappler, Inc.
Marshall Wound Healing Center
Sew Irresistible

BRONZE:
A Fitting Place, Inc.
BancorpSouth
Barry Latham’s Drug
Dermatology of North Alabama, Inc.
Family Medical Center of Arab
Guntersville Walgreens
Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce
Marshall County Gas District
Marshall County Pediatrics, P.C.
McDonalds of Guntersville, Albertville and Boaz

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Therapyplus Members of the Month

John FergusonSeptember may be over, but it isn’t too late to say congratulations to the Therapyplus Members of the Month!

Member of the month John Ferguson owned and operated a doughnut business for 19 years. “During this time, I gained about 50 extra pounds,” explained John. “My goal now is to live a healthier lifestyle.” He plans to get back to a goal weight of 190 pounds, his weight in 1994.

Now retired from his business, John has called Arab home for 20 years. He enjoys music, his pets and computers.

John declared, “Therapyplus is a clean and wonderful facility with a friendly staff to meet my health needs.”

His workout routine consists of 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the treadmill, six days a week. He has lost 20 pounds and 4 inches of belly fat in 4 months. His challenges are to keep exercising and taking care not to injure his knees. His biggest temptations are bread and sweets. His greatest motivation is better health and appearance. The best compliment he received is that he looks better and has great determination. John’s tip for others, “Do the best you can, doing something is better than nothing.”

Member of the month Trevor Pullen joined Therapyplus in January of 2013, making the choice to get back in shape with friends last winter. His dedication is paying off, as he’s lost a total of 60 pounds and wants to continue to get healthier on a daily basis. He sticks to a strict 5-6 day routine where he mixes strength training and cardio. He targets different muscle groups on different days, and tries to run 1-3 miles per day.

A student at Snead State community College, Trevor is majoring in finance. He plans to begin Auburn University in the fall of 2015.

When not working out or going to school, Trevor works part-time at Weathers Furniture, making deliveries and helping assemble furniture at the store. He also enjoys playing ping pong with friends, fishing and playing other sports for fun.

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Pink Pumpkin Run Preview

pumpkin run posterThe Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers is proud to present the Fifth Annual Pink Pumpkin Run/Walk to benefit mammography and cancer services at Marshall Medical Centers. The event features a 5K, 10K, 1 Mile Fun Run, early registration and packet pick up, music, children’s activities and the popular Pink Pancake Brunch. The race will take place on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 starting and ending at the Guntersville Civitan Park. You don’t have to run, just participate for a good cause!

Discounted, early registration will end September 30. Visit the Pink Pumpkin Run page on the Foundation website for more information!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
7:00 – 8:45 am Race Day Registration
9:00 am: Pink Pumpkin Run 10K
9:30 am: Pink Pumpkin Run 5K
10:30 am 1 Mile Fun Run and Pancake Brunch
11:00 am: Awards Ceremony

WHY WE RUN: The proceeds from the Pink Pumpkin events will benefit the Mammography Assistance Program (MAP) and cancer services at Marshall Medical Centers.

running_pumpkin_logo_genericTEAM ENTRIES: Team up with your friends and coworkers to fight breast cancer! Awards are given to the teams that have the most participants, the team that raises the most money and the team with the best name. A minimum of 10 members is required to form a team. Please email foundation@mmcenters.com for a team packet.

2014 PINK PUMPKIN RUN SPONSORS:

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Medical Centers OB/GYN

GOLD :
First Quality Homes and Construction, Inc.
Foodland
Mary F. Holley, M.D., PC
Premier Family Care
Marshall Cancer Care Center
Namify
Progress Rail Services Corporation
Redstone Federal Credit Union
Therapyplus
Total Dental Care

SILVER:
Beard and Beard Attorneys
Citizens Bank and Trust
D&F Equipment Sales, Inc.
Eyecare Associates: Dr. Michael Carboni
Fleet Feet
Guntersville Raceway
Kappler, Inc.
Lakeview Orthodontics
Sew Irresistible

BRONZE:
A Fitting Place, Inc.
BancorpSouth
Barry Latham’s Drug
Dermatology of North Alabama, Inc.
Family Medical Center of Arab
Guntersville Walgreens
Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce
Marshall County Gas District
Marshall County Pediatrics, P.C.
McDonalds of Guntersville, Albertville and Boaz

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Therapyplus Members of the Month: August 2014

Donna ShannonMember of the Month Donna Shannon began water aerobics classes at Therapyplus after her doctor recommended them. She has attended approximately three days a week for three years. “The class has made a huge difference in my mobility and my life,” Donna described. “I’ve lost 25 pounds, and my goal is to lose 25 more.”

Saying she truly looks forward to the class, Donna explained, “Another plus about our class is the friendly atmosphere from the instructor to our members. Plus the entire staff greets me with a smile and hello.”

Her challenge is to keep her joints moving, “If for some reason I have to miss class, I am stiff.” Her biggest temptation is chocolate and sweets, but she mentioned her diet is restricted by diabetes. She is most motivated by seeing the difference the class makes. “The best compliment I’ve received is that some members have noticed my weight loss, and that’s encouraging.

Lonnie Ladson-1Prior to December 23, 1994, Member of the Month Lonnie Ladson’s life primarily consisted of routine work and family responsibilities. On that date he reported to St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta for balloon angioplasty only to be told he wasn’t a candidate. The doctors told him that he needed quintuple bypass heart surgery before leaving the hospital. They explained that his work didn’t replace a quality exercise routine and that he needed to lose 50 pounds or his life span would be shortened.

Knowing it was time to make a serious change; he started doing two hours of exercise daily and lost down to 198 pounds.

Lonnie decided to join Therapyplus Fitness because of the wide variety of things he could do. His normal routine includes a mixture of cardiovascular exercise and some resistance training with weight machines. Joining Therapyplus in February of 2008, he has been extremely consistent since that time. In addition to his exercise he tries to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. His suggestions to others include losing excess body weight, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and including exercise at least one hour a day.

Lonnie has done a wide variety of work in the last 75 years. He’s been a farmer, recruited farm labor, taught school, been a college administrator, and worked for the state of Georgia. His hobbies include wood-working and exercising.

Lonnie described his goals/accomplishments, “Have a good family, live a good life, be financially secure.” He also stated that you need to live each day as if it is your last and to enjoy what you are doing. “I’ve been blessed to have met most of those goals,” Lonnie said. When he first became a member he required the use of an electric wheel chair and now there is no slowing him down.

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Local Students Honored with Scholarships

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mmc_logo croppedMaking a difference in the local quality of life is a priority for Marshall Medical.  Each year, we honor leading students throughout the county with special scholarships.  The scholarship program – a combined effort of the hospitals and The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers – recognizes students pursuing a career in the healthcare field.  As this year’s winners begin their formal healthcare efoundation_logoducations, we’d like to applaud their efforts to make Marshall County a healthier place – for learning and for living.

A number of  this year’s recipients spoke out about the honor:

Arab’s Alicia Traylor said of the award, “I am honored to have been selected to receive the Merit Marshall Medical Scholarship. It has helped cover the cost of my books and other expenses at the University of Alabama. I will have the opportunity to participate in Honors activities and extracurricular activities that would not have been possible without financial help. I am simply humbled that the health care professionals in Marshall County believe in my abilities, and are willing to support my dream of becoming an endocrinologist.”

Nia Saye of Guntersville explained, “I am more than thankful to have been chosen as a recipient of the MMC scholarship because it allows me to focus more on my studies rather than trying to figure out how to pay for them.”

Cody Carol from Boaz stated, “Being chosen to receive the Marshal Medical Center Physician’s Scholarship has given me the confidence and opportunity to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Troy University.”

Gavin Gilliland of Brindlee Mountain anticipated the scholarships mean a bright future for healthcare in Marshall County. “It means a lot to me because it shows that Marshall Medical Centers have a vested interest in the community in hope of providing better medical care to Marshall County. I believe that myself and my fellow scholarship recipients will return to Marshall County to provide a hometown feel to the advancing healthcare industry. And once again, thank you for this wonderful opportunity,” Gilliland declared.

This year’s recipient of the Physicians Spouses Auxiliary Scholarship (which recognizes students already enrolled in healthcare curriculums) Mallorie Blackstone said, “Being an employee at MMCN, it is an honor, and encouraging to know they support me in my education.”

Hats off to these – best and brightest!

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Meet Your Cancer Care Physicians

PayneDr. Tom Payne is a radiation oncologist at the Marshall Cancer Care Center, where they’re celebrating the first year of serving the community this month.

Could you start by talking about your background?
I was raised in Chagrin Falls, OH. It is a small town of about 5,000 located about 25 miles from Cleveland. I went to Purdue University for my undergraduate degree and majored in electrical engineering. I then went on to serve 13 successful years in the U.S. Navy on nuclear powered submarines. I attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and residency at the University of Kentucky.

 
What do you love about Marshall County?
We have a full life that involves close relationships within the community. Here, you know your mailman, banker, and your mayor. There are abundant academic and sport opportunities for your children within the schools. The schools are great. These opportunities and relationships could have been diluted within a larger city.

What was your motivation for becoming a radiation oncologist?
I had a lot of physics and radiation protection training in the navy, so I was able to leverage my background into my future. I like the combination of technology and patient care – so for me, it was a really great fit.

 
What’s your favorite part about your job?
I get to work in a brand new facility with a great staff. Most of all, I enjoy getting to know patients and their families and the fact that they have trusted me to take part in their cancer treatments.

 
Can you talk about your family and what you do for fun?
My wife and I have been married for 19 years. We have 3 children with more activities than we have cars/drivers to get them there. We attend the Church at Lake Guntersville.
I love being with my wife and children. We like boating on the lake and working in the yard. You know, just hanging out with the family gives me the most enjoyment.

 

EwingDr. Gideon Ewing specializes in medical oncology and hematology at the Marshall Cancer Care Center.

 

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Dr. Jonathan Storey specializes in medical oncology and hematology at the Marshall Cancer Care Center.

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