Atlanta, Ga. (September 24, 2013) – Multi-platinum artist Will Turpin of Collective Soul, made famous by their 1993 hit song “Shine,” will help paint Henry County pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Turpin, who also fronts the side project Will Turpin and The Way, is one of 10 Henry County men taking a stand against breast cancer by participating in Piedmont Henry Hospital’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign, which is designed to encourage women to take preventive action in the fight against breast cancer.
“When my wife Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, everything in our lives was turned upside down,” said Turpin. “The unknown outcome of such a shocking revelation is completely daunting.”
Donna Turpin was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the earliest stage at which breast cancer can be diagnosed. She underwent surgery and radiation therapy and is now in remission.
“Today, Donna is cancer-free,” said Turpin. “The main reason for that is because of a mammogram and early detection. Sometimes the difference in weeks or months can make a massive difference in treatment outcomes.”
Turpin’s wife was one of approximately 64,640 Americans diagnosed with DCIS, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as a leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
“Early detection is the key to winning the battle over breast cancer,” said Karen Bouwman, RN, Cancer Wellness Navigator at Piedmont Henry. “One way to achieve early detection is by getting annual mammograms. It is also important to be aware of your body and perform monthly breast self-exams.”
This fall at select shows, Turpin will play a custom-made pink Fender Jazz bass guitar designed and painted by Collective Soul band mate Joel Kosche. The bass guitar, which is signed by all four members of Collective Soul, will be auctioned at Piedmont Henry’s annual Garden Party on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Other Real Men Wear Pink participants include Rodney Christopher, Central Georgia EMC; Capers Green, Henry County Police Department; Greg Guy, Goodyear Aviation; Seth Hoover, Momentum Christian Church; Bill Lacy, Henry County Fire Department; Patrick McHugh, 15th Street Pizza & Pub; Curt Miller, Ola High School; Dale Rutledge, State Representative; Leonard Moreland, Heritage Bank.
To schedule a mammogram at Piedmont Henry Hospital, call 678-604-1055.