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!

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 for a team packet.



Medical Centers OB/GYN

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

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

A Fitting Place, Inc.
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.










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

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Foundation News: Closer to Home Campaign – How You Can Help

Cancer Center Grand OpeningJust two years ago, the Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers began a five-year fundraising effort to bring quality Cancer Care “Closer to Home.” Thanks to many generous partners, the doors of the Marshall Cancer Care Center opened in July of 2013.

Because of you, the Closer to Home campaign has been able to do great things with our cancer center over the course of the year, but – there’s still more to do!

In under a year, the Cancer Care Center has seen in excess of 2,000 unique patients. Thankfully not all of these require follow up treatment, but many do – like the 500+ patients who have been newly diagnosed and received radiation treatment (often requiring 30-40 visits each) and chemotherapy (most of which will involve multiple visits over months or years). Additionally, these oncology patients have all been seen within 48 hours of diagnosis. The collective impact of having state-of-the-art oncology services conveniently located has already been tremendous for these patients and their families.

cancer_care_largeAlso, thanks to our partners, the Foundation is almost 90% to achieving its $3 million Closer to Home Campaign goal in support of the Cancer Care Center. We are now asking for interested individuals and businesses to help us finish the campaign in order to sustain Marshall Cancer Care Center into the future.

The Foundation Board of Directors has set a goal to raise $350,000 before the end of 2014 to complete the Closer to Home Campaign and accomplish our mission of supporting these patients.

Ways to Give

Cash Gifts: Either through check or EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer).  EFT funds can be designated as a one-time gift, or as ongoing gifts on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or annual basis.

Giving through a Multi-Year Pledge: Gifts to the Closer to Home Campaign can be paid over the course of five years, making it easy to give at a level and time-frame that is convenient.

Giving Securities: Low-yielding stocks, mutual funds or other securities that are worth more than the original buying price can be considered when making a charitable gift.

Giving Real Estate: Donating property provides tax advantages while relieving you of the day-to-day responsibility of property ownership. By donating property, you avoid marketing the property and the capital-gains taxes triggered by its sale.

Retirement Funds and Life Insurance: There can be special tax and other benefits when making gifts using retirement account assets and life insurance policies. Check with your IRA administrator for details.

Future Gifts: As part of long-range financial and estate plans, consider gifts that will leave a legacy.

-through your will

-through living trusts

-through retirement plan remainders

The Foundation would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and your financial planners about giving through these avenues.  You may schedule an appointment with:

Andrea Oliver, Foundation Director, at 256.571.8026

or make your gift online at

or by mail at:

The Closer to Home Campaign | 2320 Homer Clayton Drive | Guntersville, AL 35976




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Therapyplus Members of the Month: June 2014

Brandon FordMember of the Month Brandon Ford

Contributed by Jack Morris

Lao Tzu, a famous philosopher and poet from ancient China, once said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” If we intend on going anywhere in life we have to be willing to take that first step. When we do decide to start making our health a priority it makes a huge difference in how we feel, act, and our level of productivity. Our member of the month for June has taken that step in the right direction and is really getting great results. On behalf of Therapyplus Fitness, I want to congratulate Brandon Ford for earning member of the month for June 2014.

Brandon’s first step in the right direction was to join Therapyplus Fitness. He said “I love the friendly employees. Jack, Shelia, Philip, Kaz, Jacob, Jake, and Lucas are all great people.” Brandon  wanted to make a lifestyle change. He knew he needed to make taking care of his body and his health a priority and wanted to inspire others to do the same. His suggestion to others, “Commit to the process regardless of what your health goals are. Once you reach that goal you can’t quit. If you do you will return back to where you started. You have to set new goals to continue to challenge yourself.” Brandon continued,  “Good health requires consistent quality workouts, proper nutrition, and adequate rest. There’s no overnight success. It takes discipline, dedication, and determination.”

The reason Brandon decided to start working out was primarily related to his weight. Three months ago when he rejoined the gym he weighed 300 pounds. He has lost 28 pounds since that time and continues to drop his unwanted pounds. His eventual goal is to lose 100 pounds. His workout routine consists of 5-6 days each week. He will do 20-60 minutes of cardio and 1-2 hours of isolated muscle group resistance training. He also incorporates circuit training, lap swimming, and daily abdominal workouts. Brandon’s hobbies include music, movies, bodybuilding, spending time with friends and family, playing the drums, and attending church as often as possible.

Brandon has a home-based business promoting “Health Challenges: 90 Day Challenge, and Project 10 Challenge.” He has currently finished his first Project 10 challenge and has started his second. Every time he completes a challenge 30 free nutritional meals are donated to the North Alabama Food Bank for kids in need. Brandon said “I’m losing weight and feeling better every day.”

Amy TowlesMember of the Month Amy Towles

Contributed by Regina Hayes

Amy’s Story: “In March of 2013 I went out to play with my children and I couldn’t get my breath. That day was a wake-up call for me. I had let myself get to my heaviest weight and I felt like it was time for a change. I tried HerbaLife shakes and had some success. I also started walking every morning at the Guntersville Dam. After a couple of months, I started walking from the dam to the top of the mountain and back. For those who know where that is-it was not easy but I felt great after I made it the first time. I continued walking every day and drinking the shakes until November 2013. At that time I began to hit a plateau after losing 83 pounds. A friend of mine told me about the New You Weight Loss Center in Arab. I started going there in November 2013.  I also joined Therapyplus Fitness at this time with my husband. I have worked out there every morning since then. I drop my kids off at school and head straight to the gym. Since joining the gym, I feel like a totally different person. I continue going to the clinic for weigh-ins. They give me a goal every month and something to work for. After losing 130 pounds I had met my goal. I have now lost 131 pounds since last March. I don’t plan on quitting now. My doctor tells me working out has to be part of my life now and thanks to all the friendly staff and members at Therapyplus I am no longer ashamed to workout in front of people.”

Amy is a cashier at Cooley’s Grocery and Tackle and is from Union Grove. She works out 5-6 days a week.  In addition to losing 131 pounds, she’s added six pounds of muscle and gone from a size 24 to size 14.  “My biggest challenge is making myself do this everyday, but I always feel better after I’m finished,” she said.  Her diet consists of plenty of protein, no fried foods, no junk food. Citing her toughest temptation as chocolate, she reported, “I don’t give in!”  She enjoys gardening and playing with her kids.

“The staff at Therapyplus is so friendly and if I ever have a question they always help me.
That’s part of the reason I haven’t quit. All of the members are also very happy and friendly,” Amy stated.

She feels motivated because her husband and kids love that she is able to do more.  “The best compliment I’ve gotten is that I look better and younger.”  Her tip for others is not to give up. “If one thing doesn’t work, keep trying.  You’ll find what’s right for you.”





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Cancer Care Chat: Oncology Patient Navigators

cancer_care_largeNext month, the Marshall Cancer Center will be celebrating its first anniversary of caring for patients, providing state-of-the art treatment, closer to home. While you may know about the Cancer Care Center and its programs, there’s one special service of which you may not be aware: Oncology Patient Navigators.

At Marshall Medical, the Oncology Patient Navigator’s purpose is to educate, advocate for, and navigate cancer patients throughout their treatment and survivor ship. One of the most important roles is to remove roadblocks to treatment, so that patients are able to keep their appointments, follow their treatment regimen, and receive the support services they need. There is no denying this is a trying time for both patients and families. With extensive knowledge of other community resources, the Oncology Patient Navigator helps to ensure that patients’ physical, psychological, spiritual, and cultural needs are met, even after discharge.

Meeting Special Needs, Filling the Gap.

• Responsible for ensuring all adult patients with oncology diagnosis receive quality care as well as comprehensive services.
• Serves as liaison for the medical staff, patient and community.
• Available to meet with the patient at time of diagnosis or referral.
• Guides patient through referrals and treatments. Connects patient/family members to services or resources to aid in improved outcomes and quality of life, i.e.; Nutrition, Exercise, Financial Assistance, Spiritual Care, Counseling Services.
• Makes contact with patient as needed to identify potential areas of concern, both physical signs/symptoms and emotional needs, to ensure early intervention.
• Provides education and follow-up with patients prior to, during and following chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
• Facilitates the needed care at the most appropriate and convenient location.
• Facilitates support groups.

patient_navigatorsYour Patient Navigators At Marshall Cancer Care Center: Candy Hatfield and Pam Veal.
Candy Hatfield (left) is a Registered Nurse and Oncology Nurse Navigator, and Pam Veal is a Certified Medical Assistant and a Certified Phlebotomist.

Learn more by visiting The Marshall Cancer Care Center.

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