Out of the blue I got a telephone call last week informing me that I was chosen for a great honor. Every year the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Northwest Ohio selects a breast cancer survivor as their “In Celebration Of” honoree and a person who died from breast cancer as their “In Memory Of” honoree for the Toledo, Ohio race. This year Komen Northwest Ohio chose me for the “In Celebration Of” honoree. They said that I was “chosen from many worthy candidates based on your courageous fight against breast cancer and the way with which you inspire those around you every day.”
This is the Survivor Parade that I participated in the last two years. Each year post-treatment that I have walked in it, I cry from all the emotions and gratitude I feel. This year, I will be leading the Survivor Parade and all of these amazing women!
My friend, Anita Conley, and my Aunt Marian Gladieux, nominated me. Anita asked for my permission to nominate me in early Spring. Honestly, I was extremely touched she wanted to do it and took the time to do it, but it never even occurred to me that I would be the person selected. And my Aunt Marian never told me of her nomination. So I was totally surprised!
Quietly and one-on-one, I do “my breast cancer work” on my laptop from my home office or couch, all times of the day or night. Being publicly recognized is a little overwhelming! However, I am deeply honored to participate as it will allow me to get the word out on everything I have learned in my own breast cancer journey, my mom’s new breast cancer journey, and all that you, my readers and friends, have taught me! It is a great opportunity to have a greater voice to tell women “get your mammograms” “do self-exams” and give them the statistics why. Plus, it will allow me to give those recently diagnosed more hope and encouragement.
The Toledo, Ohio the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is Sunday, September 28, 2014. Here you can find a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure near you: http://ww5.komen.org/findarace.aspx