‘Men in Pink’ promote breast cancer awareness

Published 4:54 pm Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jim Shannon


I serve as the pastor of Lime Springs UMC. I been a pastor for 32 years. I am a retired educator and am presently serving on the Chilton County Board of Education.

I am employed with the Alabama Education Retiree Association as an area coordinator.

I am married to Marie Shannon and have two children, Josey and Kalyn. I also have a granddaughter, Haisley.

Throughout my life, I have worn many hats, including nuclear security officer, police officer, firefighter, constable, scoutmaster, coach, teacher, preacher and politician. It is now time for my to try on one more hat: a pink one!

Cancer has effected almost every family in Chilton County in one way of another, including my family. It is for this reason I support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

I need your help. Please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in my name to help me achieve the goal of Chilton County’a Man in Pink.

John Shearon


I currently serve you as your sheriff here in Chilton County. I have been married to Lisa Willis Shearon for 26 years, and we have two children. Our daughter, Ashley, is a criminal justice major in school, and our son, Paul, is a firefighter with the city of Prattville and also works with Clanton Fire Department. God blessed our family a year and a half ago when our 6-year-old niece April came to live with us.

In my life, I have seen many friends and family members who have lost their lives to cancer‚some young and some old. Cancer affects families and friends in different ways. It causes a lifetime of heartache when you lose a loved one. You sit and wonder afterward who will be next, what life will be affected and in what ways will cancer impact others.

In 1990, it affected our family when my granny (Eula Shearon) was diagnosed with leukemia. My granny was my life, and I loved her very much. She was 70 years old when she was diagnosed. I watched her endure treatments that would make her very sick, but she always kept a smile on her face.

My granny was a good Christian woman that knew Jesus as her savior, and she was not afraid of dying. That was what gave her peace in her life, and she knew that God would take care of her no matter what and that He would heal her. She taught me a lot in my life and especially to love the Lord and trust Him in the darkest times in life.

My granny lost her battle on February 17, 1997, to leukemia, but that day Jesus healed her body of all that was wrong with her. This was another significant day in mine and my wife’s life. It was our ninth wedding anniversary. It was hard to think that a lady I loved more than life itself, when this day came I could not shed a tear for her death. It then occurred to me that was because she taught me to love life and to hold on to every minute of it. I knew from the way she lived her life that she was very much alive and was only waiting for her family to join her in heaven.

We can fight back against cancer, but it will take all of us to take up the fight. We would like to ask for any donations you can give to help fight this fight. Cancer affects everyone; it does not discriminate on color, religion or nationality. We can win and we will win, but it will take all of us to take up the fight. We would greatly appreciate any donations to help someone win their battle against cancer.

Shannon Welch


I currently serve as a member of the Chilton County Commission. I have been married to my wife, Amy, for 11 years. We have two beautiful childrenz: Ella, who is 7 years old, and Owen, who is 5 months old. God has blessed me way beyond what I deserve, not only with great family and friends but also in health.

Cancer is one of those words that you never want to hear. I have had several friends and a family member that have been told, You have cancer.” I can only imagine the fear and scare that immediately comes to their mind when those words are spoken.

My grandfather, Johnny Scoggins, lost his battle with cancer in September of 2013. When a family member or a close friend dies, it leaves a void in your life that can never be filled again.

I had the pleasure of emceeing this year’s Relay For Life event. It was one of the most touching events I have ever been a part of. I do believe that together we can fight against this ugly disease called cancer.

By donating to the American Cancer Society, you are contributing to someone else’s chance to a better life, and ultimately one day, a cancer-free society.

“Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” Thanks, and God bless.