Local men raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research

In its second year in the Tennessee Valley area, prominent area men will take a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society through their participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Throughout the month of October, Real Men Wear Pink candidates will encourage men and women in their lives and in the community to take action in the fight against breast cancer.

“In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer issues, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from breast cancer,” said Kaki Morrow, Development Manager of Distinguished Events for the American Cancer Society. “Funds raised allow the Society to be there for those touched by breast cancer, from research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, the Society provides support to everyone impacted by the disease. Every action we take moves us one step closer to a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.”

Each Real Men Wear Pink candidate is charged with a fundraising challenge and will compete to be the top fundraiser among the other candidates by the end of the campaign.

“Unfortunately, we all have been affected directly or indirectly by cancer, and no one should have to face a breast cancer diagnosis alone,” said Michael Cox. “That’s why I joined the campaign in support of their lifesaving work. This is a cause I personally believe in, and as a candidate, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for the Society’s efforts.”


The 2016 Real Men Wear Pink candidates are: Bart Siniard (Siniard, Timberlake, and League, P.C.), Buzz Stephens (Star 99.1), Caleb Ficken (Thrivent Financial), Carl Holden (Zellus Marketing), Chase Gallimore (WZDX News), Conrad Thompson (1st Family Mortgage), Cullen (YouTube personality), Ed Gaines & Rick Lee (Sunny 98.1), Dr. Jack Gleason (Center for Cancer Care), Jason Padgett (Rockstar Personnel), Jay Cobb (Intergraph/Hexagon SI), Jimbo & Casio (Rocket 95.1), Jim Brown (Coldwell Banker of the Valley), Joe Martin (Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp), Jonathan Fowler  (Redstone Federal Credit Union), Joshua McAlister (Thomas HVAC), Kam Walker, Kenny Anderson (City of Huntsville), Michael Cox (Petz Carlton), Nick Morrow, and Dr. Peter Wilson (along with his colleagues at General Surgery Associates of Huntsville). You can read more about these men by visiting


While the campaign officially launches October 1, many men have gotten a head start on their fundraising campaign; to date, almost $2,000 has already been raised. The wrap-up party will be held at Amendment 21 on November 15th; campaign results will be announced and top fundraising prizes will be awarded. Prize donors include Cabela’s, Blue Pants Brewery, and much more.

According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, an estimated 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 40,450 will die from the disease this year. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer.

“Our community can make a huge impact in the fight against breast cancer,” said Morrow, Real Men Wear Pink campaign manager. “We are grateful to our Real Men Wear Pink participants for lending their voices to our cause and fighting for everyone touched by breast cancer.”

The American Cancer Society is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing funding for education, advocacy, research, and services for cancer patients, caregivers, and the communities that support them.

Stars Dancing for HEALS 10th Anniversary Gala

The competition, modeled after the reality TV show "Dancing With the Stars," will features eight "Star Legacies" who have participated in Stars Dancing for HEALS in the past and are brave enough to raise funds and dance one more time for a great cause.

Each Star along with their dance partners, who are local ball room instructors, practice for months leading up to the gala event, where they perform live and compete for prizes.

HEALS, Inc., a not for profit organization, provides much needed school-based medical, dental and optometry clinics for underprivileged children in Huntsville and Madison County.

This event has been going strong for 10 years, with sold out crowds each year. The event has been moved to the North all this year to allow for a larger crowd. The event is Oct. 24, 2016, beginning at 5 p.m.

The 2016 Legacy Stars Dancing for HEALS:

Kenneth Anderson, City of Huntsville
David Bier, Anglin Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong PC
Annette Birchfield, The Wine Cellar
Sonja Enfinger, The Enfinger Companies
Ginger Harper, IBERIABANK
Dr. John and Paulina Waples, Clearview Cancer Institute
Leslie Ware, Exhale Day Spa and Fashion Heist Clothing
Dr. Steven Werdehoff, Huntsville Hospital

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Event sponsorships are available. More information about the event and about HEALS can be found on

BOTOX® Offers Something for Almost Everyone

It makes sense that some cosmetic procedures appeal more to certain age groups. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that ear and nose surgeries, for example, are the most popular procedures among adolescents, while eyelid and face lifts top the list for patients 65 and over.

But BOTOX is different. Perhaps unique among all cosmetic procedures, BOTOX -- the perennially popular injectable -- has varied and compelling benefits for different age groups, from adolescents all the way to seniors.

12 & Older: Normalizes Eye Movements

Before rising to global prominence for its effectiveness with wrinkle reduction, the botulinum toxin had long been used for medical purposes, including the treatment of uncontrolled blinking, or blepharospasm. For this and the treatment of strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), BOTOX can effectively improve vision, and alleviate discomfort and social stigma for children age 12 and older.

Twenty- & Thirtysomethings: Prevents Wrinkles

The prevailing wisdom holds that it's " rarely too early" to start using regular BOTOX injections as a way to limit the effects of aging. A lifetime of facial expressions begins to tell a story in the form of lines and wrinkles -- and it's a story these forward-thinking people would rather leave untold. Whereas older adults often look to reduce the appearance of the wrinkles and folds that develop later in life, BOTOX patients in their 20s and 30s intend to stop them from developing in the first place.

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Middle-Aged People: Smooths Lines & Wrinkles

In mid-life, BOTOX use really takes off. Approximately 87% of the 4.3 million BOTOX procedures performed in the U.S. in 2015 were on people 35 and older. The website of Elamar Skin Science, a top destination for BOTOX injections for Decatur and Huntsville, AL residents, attributes it to the tantalizing promise of "looking years younger, yet still natural."

For many people, it makes for a magical experience in front of the mirror in the days that follow, as frown lines and an angry expression give way to a smooth, refreshed looking forehead.

Seniors: Softens Neck Bands, Works With Fillers

The desire to maintain a natural, youthful look becomes more challenging past age 55. At this point, the face and neck naturally begin to lose volume as bone mass diminishes, muscles atrophy, and the presence of fat decreases. BOTOX injections can smooth the platysmal bands in the neck, and soften dynamic wrinkles like frown lines and crows feet, but many people in this age group benefit from volume replenishment. For this reason, many anti-aging specialists recommend that seniors combine the wrinkle-smoothing effects of BOTOX with the plumping and lifting effects of dermal fillers, such as JUVÉDERM®. These dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid, a chemical found naturally in the body, to restore definition and add volume to various areas of the face, particularly the cheeks and lips.

In addition to all of its cosmetic uses, BOTOX is used to treat migraine headaches and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). With its strong record of safety and effectiveness, it’s no surprise that researchers are continuing to find new applications for this versatile injectable.

IBERIABANK’s Harper named YMCA’s Chairman of the Board


Ginger Harper, Senior Vice President, Private Banking and Retail Banking Manager for IBERIABANK has been named Chairman of the Board for the Heart of the Valley YMCA.

“We are thrilled to have Ginger take on the role of the YMCA’s Chairman of the Board,” said Jerry Courtney, CEO, Heart of the Valley YMCA.

"Ginger has been an active member on the Heart of the Valley YMCA Board of Directors for the past 5 years. She has served on the Executive Committee, the CEO Search Committee and has chaired the YMCA Tee Up for Kids Golf Tournament. Ginger is passionate about the Y’s mission of serving youth and families."

“The Y is a volunteer led organization and effective Board leadership is critical to the success and impact of the YMCA. We are fortunate to have Ginger as our next Board President, I believe her skills, passion and commitment to the YMCA and community will serve us well.”

The Heart of the Valley YMCA is an inclusive non-profit organization whose mission is to provide programs and services that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.

The Heart of the Valley YMCA is a leading non-profit commissioned by the YMCA of the USA to serve 5 counties in North Alabama, Marshall, Madison, Limestone, Morgan & Jackson counties. The Heart of the Valley YMCA history dates to 1910, employs over 360 employees and has a budget of over 8 million dollars. The 3 primary focus areas for the YMCA are Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Heart of the Valley YMCA serves over 30,000 individuals annually and provides scholarships to over 7000 individuals totaling over $700,000.

Harper joined IBERIABANK in January 2011 to lead the private banking team and has since assumed the retail management position as well. She is responsible for lending, investment strategies, trust and financial planning for the Huntsville market. In this role, she focuses on providing comprehensive financial solutions and unparalleled service to affluent clientele. She is also leading the strategy for retail and community outreach locally.

Pictured: Jerry Courtney, president and CEO for the Heart of the Valley YMCA, and Ginger Harper, the new Chairman of the Board for Heart of the Valley YMCA.

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