'Christy's Hope' at the 'Power of Pink' hits home

Special to The Mountaineer
By Lillian Norris | Dec 05, 2012
Photo by: Portrait by Beth Brown Photography; group photo is donated Pictured above is Christy McMahon. Below are Haywood Pediatrics employees holding the banner created for the Power of Pink Walk honoring Christy McMahon. From left, are Melissa Jenkins, Holly Hartman, Chris Henson and Sherry Coleman

For more than 18 years, Christy McMahon has often been the first person to greet children and parents when they check in for their appointment at the Clyde office of Haywood Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Group, P.A. McMahon, is a familiar presence for many and is widely known for her beautiful smile and welcoming words.

A routine screening mammogram in July 2012 started a journey McMahon could never have predicted. Her radiologist detected a suspicious area in her breast, which after several additional tests, revealed that she had breast cancer.  Working closely with her oncologist, she is currently undergoing daily radiation.

The staff, pediatricians and patients of the family-like pediatric practice, commonly known as Haywood Pediatrics, has rallied to support McMahon. As part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Haywood Pediatrics participated again in the annual Power of Pink event, hosted by HRMC Foundation/ MedWest and the Haywood County Health Department.  This year felt different because they were able to honor their own “family member,” McMahon, and others affected by breast cancer, as sponsors of and participants in the 6th Annual Power of Pink Race.  Additionally, the front staff collected funds in exchange for pink wrist bracelets with “Christy’s Hope” emblazoned on them.  The funds assist McMahon with defraying costs related to her treatment.

Haywood Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Group, P.A.  supports local efforts to increase access to screening mammograms and follow-up procedures.  The hope is that breast cancers can be detected in its earlier stages before it causes symptoms when cancers are smaller and more easily treated.

One parent, Robert Mason, shared some thoughts about McMahon. “I met Christy when my daughter first started going to Haywood Pediatrics,” Mason said. “We have always been great friends through the past 13 years as my daughter has grown.  I will always remember Christy for getting Addison an appointment, even though the office was booked, and making my daughter laugh and just being silly. Haywood Pediatrics has a real asset in Christy and I hope she never leaves, because she is such a special person.  And on a personal note, I will always have a special place in my heart for her, because when I had nobody to believe in me as a dad, she always told me that I was a great dad and to always keep my head up.  I just pray that she can get past this terrible thing (breast cancer).  May God bless her through these times, because I know Addison and I say a prayer for her every day before we go to bed.”

McMahon, who just celebrated her birthday, is still checking patients in, but she has moved to the Canton office to take advantage of a shorter commute.

Donations for Christy’s Hope bracelets are $2 each.  The community is encouraged to stop by, during regular office hours, the Clyde office, 15 Facility Dr., or the Canton Office, 55 Buckeye Cove Road, suite 200A, or call 452-2211 for more information.