Former Marines Pose for Breast Cancer Calendar
Former Camp LeJeune Marines pose for a Breast Cancer Calendar to highlight their own struggles with the disease. These men are brave, bold and true Patriots. This calendar is a must-buy for anyone, male or female concerned with breast cancer. Combining Art with a Cause is something Melody Swink is a proponent of. Her "Breastcentric" comedy, The D-Cup Diatribes has been called - Comedy for a Cure.
Former Camp LeJeune Marines Pose for Breast Cancer Calendar
13 former Marines with ties to Camp LeJeune posed for a calendar highlighting their personal struggles with breast cancer. The calendar is designed to raise awareness of men’s breast cancer and to highlight the disease’s environmental causes.
“Men, Breast Cancer, the Environment: A Photographic Journey,” was organized by Ellie Anbinder, head of the Framingham, Mass.-based breast cancer foundation Art beCause. Anbinder and Peter Devereaux of North Andover, Massachusetts, and former Camp LeJeune Marine discussed the creation of a calendar dedicated exclusively to the cluster of men who believe their breast cancer was caused by exposure to the chemical solvents and suspected carcinogens that once comtaminated the Camp Lejeune drinking water supply.
“When you’re a guy and you get diagnosed with breast cancer, you feel like you’re the only one. It’s not like you have a network to support you,” Devereaux said. “It’s really been a quest to try to make sense of this crazy disease, to help other guys come out of their isolation, so to speak, and let them know that there’s help out there.”
Breast cancer in men is a serious health concern and taking a loving look at these men and their artistic efforts to tell their story, is a beautiful, bold statement. The new “Breastcentric” comedy show, The D-Cup Diatribes attempts to highlight with positivity and lightheartedness the growing number of men suffering from breast cancer. The number of women by far surpasses that of the male sufferers and survivors but bringing a sense of art, self-expression and compassion is at the core of this new show.
The broader statement is You Are Not Alone. The audiences attending The D-Cup Diatribes is full of breast cancer survivors, their family and friends. The playwright, Melody Swink, has garnered Raves from these women and the “Breastimonials” can be found at thedcupdiatribes.com
Like Miss Swink, Ellie Anbinder called a project linking the work of her foundation and the stories of these men a match made in heaven. “I had never known a man who had breast cancer. Statistically, men don’t get breast cancer. There are usually a thousand cases diagnosed a year,” she said.
Swink is very proud to present her characters in a way that touches, enlightens and rejuvenates the spirit. Two of her characters are either facing or are recovering from mastectomies, and though the topic is not funny. Human nature and personal perspective is, however. The D-Cup Diatribes begins its Breast Cancer Awareness Month Tour on October 8th in New York with stops in Massachusetts, CT, NH and beyond… Join The D-Cups in supporting The American Cancer Society and nestle in the warmth of the human stories told with wit and playfulness, and emerge with lifted spirits and hope.
For former Marine, Devereaux, the release of the calendar comes on the heels of a significant personal victory: Only weeks ago, he became one of the few veterans affected by Lejeune water contamination to receive 100-percent disability from the department of Veterans Affairs because of his exposure to the contaminated water. Heroic effort. A real D-Cups Dude.
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Ruth Hunter is an accomplished author, writer and poet whose works focus on women's issues as they relate to health, breast cancer and body consciousness. She's committed to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The D-Cup Diatribe's participation and philanthropic efforts.