In 1996, my sister, Margaret Stothart, was diagnosed with breast cancer when her daughter was only four years old. She remains cancer-free today!
In 1999, when I was the Co-chair of Komen Charlotte's 3rd Race for the Cure, I was diagnosed with my first breast cancer. After a lumpectomy and radiation, I thought my days of dealing with breast cancer were over. Until April 2016. After a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, breast cancer #2 is now behind me, and I am once again living life to the fullest. Thank goodness for all of the advances in 17 years!
Komen's stamp has been on all of the major advances, which is why I'm so proud to be associated with this outstanding organization. I am particularly proud that Komen Charlotte has invested more than $17 million in community breast health programs in our 13-county service area and has contributed more than $7 million to the global research program. We are all working hard to find the cures.
My team is called “Neel – Kick Breast Cancer’s Butt.” I’m kicking butt as hard as I can, and I hope you will join me. The Race is October 5 and is a true celebration of life, so come join me to celebrate and KICK BREAST CANCER’S BUTT!
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