‘Men in Pink’ promote breast cancer awareness

Published 4:54 pm Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jason Griffin


I am the transportation supervisor for Chilton County Schools. I am married to Tammy Griffin, the bookkeeper at Chilton County High School. I am the proud step-father to Hannah Little and am pictured with my granddaughter, Allianna.

My favorite part of Relay For Life is being able to work toward a cure. I lost my dad, Gary Griffin, to cancer when I was just 6 years old. No child should have to lose a parent, especially to cancer.

I am honored to participate in the Men In Pink event. I fight against breast cancer so one day Allianna won’t have to!

Jerry Grooms

I am retired from Alabama Power. I am married to Vickey Bates Grooms. I have a son, Johnathon, and daughter, Amy. I am the proud grandfather to nine grandchildren.


I am a deacon at Highlands Baptist Church. I have enjoyed being an umpire for softball and baseball for 40 years. I love to do yard work, substitute teach, fish and, of course, love football.

I have donated many hours of volunteer work for the school and church. I also have been an active American Cancer Society volunteer for 20 years. I am post commander for American Legion Post 6 Clanton, where I speak to various groups.

Highland Baptist Church got involved in Relay for Life in 1993, and since then, I have lost my mother and brother’s wife to cancer. My wife, Vickey, is a 16-year cancer survivor! I am a kidney cancer survivor! I have watched many friends fight cancer, many losing their life.

I want to see a cure, and for this I am a Chilton County Man in Pink! Support Jerry Grooms!

W.C. Hayes Jr.


I am the mayor of the town of Maplesville. I have been married to Janice Ratliff Hayes for 53 years. We have three children: Kim, Karen and Kevin. They are also the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

I love watching the Crimson Tide and the Maplesville Red Devils play football.

Cancer has struck my immediate family very hard. My mother, brother and just recently, my son, have all been diagnosed with forms of cancer. Our former town clerk is a breast cancer survivor herself.

Years ago, there weren’t as many cancer survivors as today, but there weren’t as many being diagnosed with cancer either. Our small community of Maplesville has been hit hard with cancer. It seems that everyone you talk to has someone close to them that has been affected in some way by this horrible disease.

I would very much like to help bring awareness to others in the hopes that a cure for cancer can be found. I pray that no other person has to go through what I saw my own family go through.