Elvira’s Story

We are so thankful for anyone who is willing to share their breast cancer story and why they participate in the Pink Ribbon Run. Here is Elvira’s story:

“I am a mom of 2 beautiful boys (16 and 17), I immigrated from Bosnia and Herzegovina to U.S in 1997 and have lived here since. In 2011, at age 36 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After several visits to IA City Hospital to figure out why I was diagnosed at such young age it was determined that I had a genetic BRCA1 gene. I immediately had a bilateral mastectomy and went through chemotherapy due to cancer spreading to my lymph nodes. It was a tough year but with family support and my own motivation I survived. I started Pink Ribbon Run in 2013 and have gone together with my sister (who is my biggest supporter) to each one. I feel that if I can go and encourage others to go we can raise money and awareness to fight against breast cancer. Since my first run the “TEAM Elvira” has been increasing with support and family members. I enjoy the run and hope to raise awareness and bring comfort to those who are going through the same thing I did so they know they aren’t alone.”

Thank you Elvira! You can join Team Elvira by participating in this year’s run. The 10th Annual Pink Ribbon Run is presented by Oakridge Realtors and University of Iowa Community Credit Union. Breast cancer survivors receive free registration thanks to Survivor Sponsor, Community Auto Group.

 

Elvira is in the front row. #162. Notice she is wearing just a couple strands of beads. This was her first year at the Pink Ribbon Run as a breast cancer survivor.

Elvira is in the front row. #162. Notice she is wearing one strand of beads. This was her first year as a breast cancer survivor.

The start of the 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Run. Elvira is right in the front row.

The start of the 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Run. Elvira is right in the front row.

 

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