Increase the awareness of male breast cancer and associated health issues.
Improve the quality of life for men by being a leader in male breast cancer and men's health issues.
In 2004, Eddie Redou Jr. had just retired from his job after 35 years and was preparing to enjoy his life and family. He had felt a mass in his chest a few months before his retirement, but he didn’t put much stock into it. Weeks later, he went to his doctor, but the doctor had no sense of urgency; but he did write an order for a mammogram. The mammogram was performed and was inconclusive so he was referred to a surgeon for a biopsy. The biopsy results came back in August of 2004 as positive for cancer.
This was a devastating diagnosis to both Eddie and his family. As a result of this diagnosis, Eddie’s daughter began to have annual mammograms. She was heartbroken to find that when she filled out her questionnaire for her mammogram, it only referenced mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other female family members.
Eddie hated having such a diagnosis because he felt no other man could relate to what he was going through. So he kept his illness relatively quiet with the exception of his family and a friend of his daughter who had just completed her round of treatment for breast cancer. There was little support for men and the treatment was more centered on women.
Eddie passed away in May 2012 after an 8 year battle of metastatic breast cancer.
Pecs Need Love Too began to evolve 7 months later in December of 2012. It is PNLT's goal to help raise awareness of male breast cancer by educating men about the risk factors, warning signs and the importance of early detection. It is also PNLT’s goal bring about reform so that breast cancer support and treatment is not centered around any one gender and men don’t have to be embarrassed about the diagnosis because they will know that Pecs Need Love Too.
Angel Redou-Breaker RN, BSN, MBA
Angel is a registered nurse with 17 years of nursing experience and nearly 20 years in healthcare. Angel began her nursing career in 1999 as an LVN and received her ADN 2 years later, both from Lee College in Baytown, TX. In 2003 she received her BSN from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. During these years she worked in ER, telemetry, cardiac cath lab, and nursing administration. In 2004 she became a nursing director and maintained this role for 9 years while also completing her MBA from LeTourneau University in 2006.
Currently Angel is the Executive Director of PNLT. She is a wife and mother of 2. Her hobbies include baking and reading. She also runs a small gift basket business through her company R&R Sweets. Angel's passion for PNLT stemmed from the breast cancer diagnosis that her father received in 2004. It was very upsetting to her that no one seemed to look at this disease from a male perspective. This sparked a desire to spread the word about this disease and seek reform so that men could freely speak about their experiences too.
Tunde has been a registered radiologic technologist since 1994 and was trained at San Jacinto College. He went on to earn a BBA in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Houston. Tunde was a professor and Director of Medical Imaging at San Jacinto College for a total of 11 years. He now serves as a GE Surgery Sales Rep. Additionally, Tunde teaches concealed handgun classes through his company, 3rd Morning LLC. His hobbies include cooking and woodworking.
Samantha "Sam" Davis
RN, BSN, MBA
Samantha or "Sam" as she is known by friends has been a registered nurse for 14 years. She began her career in 2001 on a post-surgical unit where she served as a lead nurse in an orthopedic program as well as relief charge nurse. She has also worked with pediatric patients. She served in these roles for 6 years. In 2007 she was promoted to a charge nurse/assistant nurse manager role on a telemetry unit. In 2014 Samantha made a bit of a career move and now works in nursing informatics as a Senior Clinical Analyst.
Sam attended Lee College where she obtained an associate's degree in nursing. She continued her nursing education and obtained a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She then decided to broaden her education outside of nursing and obtained an MBA from LeTourneau University.
Samantha is a mother of a very energetic and handsome boy. Her hobbies include traveling and Latin and Afro Latin dancing. "I love being a nurse and I enjoy seeing the progression of better health and knowledge with my patients. Now that I have transitioned into a new role, my vision has not changed; only the vessel. If I can bring understanding to my fellow nurses that their documentation represents the hard work and dedication to the patient, then I consider my job complete."
Wilbert "Wil" Fontenot is an accountant with nearly 18 years of experience in the accounting industry. Wil began his educational endeavors at Creighton University in Nebraska and later transferred to Loyola University in California where he completed his Bachelor's Degree. While in California Wil worked for a gospel recording studio and started a business called Big 6 Domino. Wil returned home to Baytown, Texas and continued his career in accounting while also working towards his dream of owning real estate. Wil is extremely active. He previously played water polo in high school and he was a life guard. Currently he is a hunter, fisherman and an all-around business man. Wil enjoys traveling, trying new extreme adventures and spending time with his family.