Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Megan Evans, Staff Writer

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Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women, and the second overall most common cancer. On average, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes.

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen® Organization.  It fundraises money for breast cancer research. It started off with only $200 and now is at over $800 million for research funding. It is a global movement and has raised awareness for breast cancer tremendously.

Our school has two breast cancer survivors who were willing to share their experiences: Jennifer Kulick and Ruthie Warren.

Jennifer Kulick is our data clerk who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2017. In June 2018, she was told she had no evidence of disease.

“I found strength from my family, friends, and co-workers. My oncologist told me that my first round of chemotherapy was nicknamed “the Red Devil” and that women don’t usually work while on that treatment. My response was that I was going to continue to LIVE my normal life. Continuing to work, watching my daughter play soccer, taking care of my son and spending time with my husband helped me remain focused on the good things in my life rather than the disease I was fighting,” commented Jennifer Kulick. 

Ruthie Warren, our curriculum coordinator, was diagnosed in June 2016. She has regular mammograms and is on medication but will not know if she is cancer free until 2020

Warren shared, “Keep the faith and accept the offers that your friends and make to help you. It was a humbling experience, and I cried often as I was not used to having so much love and attention to me constantly. This Panther Family is AMAZING.” 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Show your spirit and love to the survivors and people battling right now. Look how you can help with research and wear pink!