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Gabbi : August 19, 2016 9:21 pm : Events, Young Cancer Survivors

I was 34 years old when I was diagnosed. My kids were ages 1, 4, 6 and 9.  My daughter Roni had turned 1 in November, and I was just finishing up breast feeding in December or January. In February, I found a lump by accident. I thought nothing of it. I just thought I was still drying up from nursing, but I decided to have my doctor take a look at it just in case. My doctor suggested I get an ultrasound. The ultrasound doctor said it was not filled with fluid but it was a mass and suggested I go to a surgeon.

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Marina and her youngest daughter, Roni at the 9th Annual Pink Ribbon Run.

I literally had no idea what anything meant because no one gets cancer at 34….right? I was oblivious. But I just went from one appointment to the next. Nothing really hit me until the oncologist (literally the cancer doctor) told me I was going to get chemo. I said to her, “Ummm…I’m just here for radiation.” As it turned out, I wasn’t just there for radiation. Over the next 12 months, I was scheduled for a surgery to implant a port for the chemo, then endured 6 rounds of chemo and 32 radiation treatments. My breast cancer was Stage 2. One standard test during cancer treatment is a bone scan. My bone scan showed several tumors throughout my body, so they started to check for bone cancer. They were looking for Stage 4 bone cancer…that was very scary. They did hideous bone biopsies but thankfully they turned out to be benign tumors.

 

I write about this, not to bore you with my medical history, but to give you a general feel for where my head was at during that time. It also speaks to how I feel about the Pink Ribbon Run. Through the first six months, I never thought a thing about my cancer. I kept saying I was totally fine. I was just thankful my kids didn’t have cancer. I was in complete denial. So, I completed four rounds of chemo, worked 40 hours per week and raised four kids, like everything was totally normal. I was so sick and really tired.  After I completed four rounds of chemo and all the radiation treatments, I was supposed to go to back for two more rounds of chemo, Taxol. I had heard that Taxol was the worst. My hair was just starting to grow back. I was feeling normal, rocking my short hair; I had even stopped wearing a bandana.  I was preparing to go in for my weekly doctor appointment with the oncologist and I was feeling strong. Super confident. I had convinced myself that I did not need to finish my treatments, I was still “fine” and I was going to tell her I wasn’t going to do it.  I prayed, out loud, all the way to the doctor appointment. It was a super strong conversation with God, praying for strength and guidance to get through this appointment, a “help me through this” kind of prayer. It was a good conversation. I walked into the office, confident and strong, ready to go. I sat in the waiting room of her office…..it was also the waiting room for the “chemo room.”

 

This is the turning point in my story. A woman came out of the chemo room and sat down right next to me and started a conversation with me. I know she was an angel. I can’t tell you word for word what she said to me but she was younger, in her 40’s and she had had a relapse. She was talking to me about fighting and never giving up, and how no matter what you are faced with you have to be strong and know you can do it. I never told her what I was planning to say to my doctor, but every word she said was exactly what I had asked God for…I had wanted to quit, and the message back was: I needed to fight.

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Marina at the 9th Annual Pink Ribbon Run with her biggest supporters.

The woman went back in the chemo room and I just sat there with tears just streaming down my face, I wasn’t crying out loud, just silent tears. I went into my appointment with my doctor and started bawling… a lot. She rubbed my back and called a counselor and set up an appointment for me. She said, with her Indian accent, “You go to counseling, it’s ok.” So, I went to counseling, and it was amazing. But, I never went to a young cancer survivor group. I never had anyone to talk to about what I was going through. I never connected to another person going through what I was going through.  That was 11 years ago.

 

My first Pink Ribbon Run was in 2013. We have gone for the past three years. This is the time of year I celebrate how thankful I am for my life and every year I am so amazed at how happy I am. I cannot believe how many people are in my life now and how thankful I am that I fought through the tough times. The Pink Ribbon Run 5K is very special because I am surrounded by women who have gone through the same thing I have gone through, even though we don’t talk in depth about our stories. It is seriously the first time I have been around survivors. Not reaching out to a survivor group is my biggest regret, I feel like I missed out on a sisterhood of support.

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6th Annual Pink Ribbon Run- the first Survivor photo with the first of the painted signs.

When we are all together for the big picture, sometimes we make funny comments that would only be funny to someone who has had cancer. For example, the year of the spray painted sign someone said, “we survived chemo, a little paint fumes aren’t going to kill us.”  With other survivors it is okay to say cancer. People get so afraid to talk about it, and I get it, no one knows what to say, and certainly does not want to offend or make us feel bad. But it’s nice to be with survivors, to be a little sarcastic and funny. I love the survivor picture, it makes me feel a part of the sisterhood. I feel like I belong to something bigger than cancer. I love my pink shirt that says Survivor, and I love the pink beads, I feel fancy…and special.

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9th Annual Pink Ribbon Run Survivor photo.

At the Pink Ribbon Run, we celebrate our lives and the time we have as a family. The kids and I run together as a family; as a celebration. We all get dressed up in pink, crazy socks, make tutu’s, have fun with it. I love the Memorial signs that are along the course, too. I cry every time I walk by one.   I am thankful every day. I am still here, watching my kids grow, and the first weekend in October is when I remember and celebrate all these things. I will be there every year to celebrate my life and be an inspiration to the women who are still fighting. And to the survivors who are attending their first race? Come join us.

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From Supporter to Survivor

Gabbi : August 3, 2016 4:21 pm : Events, Young Cancer Survivors

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2015.  After discovering a lump I went in for my (overdue) mammogram and then had a follow up biopsy at Waverly Health Center.  From there I was referred to the Mayo Clinic  for chemotherapy and  mastectomy, and finished my treatments with 6 weeks of daily radiation at the Covenant Cancer Treatment Center. I plan to have reconstructive surgery later this year.

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Sherry (2nd from left in blue pie shirt) walks with her team at the 6th PRR.

My family has participated in the Pink Ribbon Run almost from the beginning…I have always wanted to support women going through cancer, but  I never expected to be one of them!  This year’s Run will be quite a different one for me.  In fact, one thought that kept me going during treatment was that I wanted to be able to run this race in October and start collecting my beads!

Sherry's dad, Sam, finishing the Pink Ribbon Run in 2011.

Sherry’s dad, Sam, finishing the Pink Ribbon Run in 2011.

 

I think the Pink Ribbon Run is great for the community because it shows the strength of so many women and also those who have been their support systems as they go through their cancer experience.  It also raises awareness of research being done, and reminds women to get their checkups and screenings done.

Sherry Schumacher

 

Editor’s note: You can register for the Pink Ribbon Run by following this link to the Pink Ribbon Run Registration. 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 our Survivor Sponsor, Community Auto Group.

 

 

Part of Sherry's friends and family who have been participating in the Pink Ribbon Run for years. This was the 6th Annual Run in 2012. Her dad is far left and good family friend Mary is next to him.

Part of Sherry’s friends and family who have been participating in the Pink Ribbon Run for years. This was the 5th Annual Run in 2011. Her dad is far left and good family friend Mary is next to him.

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Advocacy

3rd Annual Splash of Color 3K Walk

Gabbi : September 19, 2013 6:17 pm : Advocacy, Fundraiser, Splash of Color

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Participants line up for the start of the 2012 Splash of Color Walk.

Splash of Color (SoC) will host their 3rd Annual 3K Walk. Please mark your calendars for 7:30 a.m., Saturday, October 12th at Sullivan Park in Waterloo.

The cost of registration is $18 for Adults and $10 for Students. To pre-register contact Cathy Ketton at 319-493-8857, or Doris Saddler at 319-290-1294.  You can download a Registration Form here.

If you would like to be sponsor of the event, your tax deductible donation of $100 or more will get your name on the back of the event Tshirt. There will be a $1 raffle, baked goods and items for purchase at the walk.

There will also be vendors on hand with a variety of healthy living and cancer information.

We encourage you to recruit family, friends, and coworkers to join us on Saturday, October 12th, at 7:30 a.m. at Sullivan Park. This day is a day to celebrate our survivors and remember those who lost their battle with breast cancer.

Your support and participation is very much needed to make this event a success.

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Are You With Us?

Gabbi : July 30, 2013 5:24 pm : Advocacy, From the Team

For years the breast cancer battle has been about hope.  For decades, the lives of our daughters, mothers, and friends have been in the hands of hope.

Kristin Tieg Torres (L) and Christine Carpenter (R) prepare for Lobby Day

Kristin Tieg Torres (L) and Christine Carpenter (R) prepare for Lobby Day

It isn’t working.  In 1991 the number of American women that died every day was 119.

Today it’s about the same – 110 deaths. Every single day. Twenty years. No significant progress.

We need something more than hope, so the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) set a deadline of January 1, 2020 to know how to end breast cancer.  Hope is a wish.  The deadline is a commitment.

The National Breast Cancer Coalition is hundreds of groups, including Beyond Pink TEAM, under one umbrella dedicated to ending breast cancer. We cannot end breast cancer alone.  It’s time to get serious about ending breast cancer. Yes. Ending breast cancer.  Join the voices of all those in Iowa who are saying, “We stand behind Breast Cancer Deadline 2020.”

Add your group to the list of organizations and policy makers calling for an end to breast cancer.  These Iowa organizations have committed to:

  • Becoming educated about the issues and solutions to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020
  • Communicating to others about Breast Cancer Deadline 2020, and asking them to join the campaign.

 

Organizational Endorsements for Deadline 2020

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Beyond Pink TEAM

Iowa Breast Cancer Edu-action

Washington DC 2013-7

This photo was taken at the NBCC Advocacy conference in May 2013, which several BPT members attended.

Splash of Color Breast Cancer Support Group

Allen Hospital

Covenant Cancer Treatment Center

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Cedar Valley Breast Care Center

Eastern Iowa Chapter of Oncology Nursing Society

NuCara – New Image Boutique

Mercy Center for Breast Health – Mason City

St. Lukes Bone and Breast Health – Cedar Rapids

Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology – Waterloo

Breast Care Center United Medical Park

 

2013

City of Waterloo and Mayor Buck Clark

Iowa State Senator Bill Dotzler – District 31

Iowa State Senator Jeff Danielson – District 30

UNI’s Recycle, Reuse Technology Transfer Center – Dr. Catherine Zeman

Community Memorial Hospital – Sumner – Lynne Niemann

City of Cedar Falls and Mayor Jon Crews

Iowa State Representative Bob Kressig – District 19

UNI’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education – Dr. Kamyar Enshayan

City of Dike and Mayor Michael Soppe

Integrative Medicine for Women and Dr. Marilyn Hines

Visions Hair Studio and Mo Hardy

Clark and Associates Prosthetics – Jill Roberts

Edward Jones Investments – Jana Eilderts

Waverly Health Center – Kyle Richards

Iowa State Representative Walt Rogers – District 20

Former U.S. Representative Leonard Boswell

U.S. Representative Steve King

U.S. Representative Tom Latham

U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack

 

To learn more and endorse Breast Cancer Deadline 2020, go to www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org or contact Christine Carpenter by email: Christine.carpenter@cfu.net  or phone: 319/266-0194.

 

Are you with us?

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From The Team

Community Honda Donates to Beyond Pink TEAM

Gabbi : December 17, 2013 4:44 pm : From the Team, Fundraiser

In October, 2013, Community Honda in Cedar Falls donated $50 to the Beyond Pink TEAM for every car sold that month. This ended in a fabulous $2800 donation to the Beyond Pink TEAM.

 

community honda_2013_2Thank you Community Honda for your creative way to give back to the community. We are lucky to have such great support from the local businesses in our area.

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JIVA SALONSPA DONATES TO BEYOND PINK TEAM

Gabbi : December 4, 2013 7:09 pm : From the Team, Fundraiser

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Beyond Pink TEAM member Gabbi DeWitt receives check from the Jiva SalonSpa stylists who raised money during the month of October.

October was national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In honor of everyone affected by Breast Cancer, Jiva Salonspa agreed to donate profits from four services to a local cancer committee, Beyond Pink TEAM.

Jiva Salonspa raised $878.18 throughout the month and partnered with Bradford Companies, who matched up to $500 of profits earned during this event. During the whole month of October, Jiva donated profits from:

  • Botanical Hair Treatment – Moisturizes hair and leaves it feeling smooth also adds shine.
  • Hot Stone Massage– The usage of hot stones works into the muscles to give a more relaxing massage experience.
  • Pink Ribbon Nail Art – A variety of different nail art will be available to add to your mani/pedi.
  • Facial Peel – Actively smooth’s lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone, refines pores to restore youthful radiance.

The Beyond Pink TEAM, the local breast coalition who received the profits from this event, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide breast cancer prevention, education, support, and advocacy for comprehensive, quality care in the Cedar Valley.

“I am thrilled with the result of this fundraiser,” says Shay Caley, Salon Manager.  “All of the money we raised will directly benefit the community where we live and work.”

Call (319) 268-0772 to book your Appointment for Beyond Pink TEAM today.

ABOUT Jiva Salonspa

Jiva Salonspa is an Aveda Lifestyle salon located on Main Street in Cedar Falls. Our mission at Jiva Salonspa is to educate and provide health, balance and style to every guest, every day; while reducing our global footprint. With unstoppable passion, our team delivers a look good, feel good experience from arrival to farewell. We are a full service salon and spa offering everything from a cut and color to massage, waxing and manicure and pedicure.

 

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Fundraiser

Ad-dditional ways to raise money!

Gabbi : December 3, 2013 6:06 pm : From the Team, Fundraiser

The folks at Cedar Valley Saver in Waterloo/Cedar Falls thought of a very creative way to raise funds for the Beyond Pink TEAM. They sold ads for the October issue of the CV Saver with a percentage of the ad sales going to benefit the Beyond Pink TEAM. Over $200 was donated to help local women in our community. Businesses that bought ads included; Great Clips, Famous Dave’s, Chem Dry, Plaid Peacock, B&B Farm Store, A& M Windows Doors and More, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Tomboy Tools and AireServe Heating and Air Conditioning. We are so thankful for small businesses, finding ways to make a BIG difference in our community. Thanks to the Cedar Valley Saver and their advertisers.

 

BPT member Gabbi DeWitt accepts check from Nancy Bly of the CV Saver.

BPT member Gabbi DeWitt accepts check from Nancy Bly of the CV Saver.

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Grundy Hospital wears PINK!

Gabbi : December 3, 2013 3:59 pm : From the Team, Fundraiser, Uncategorized

The Grundy County Hospital Radiology Department held a fundraiser in October for the Beyond Pink TEAM in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Employees at the hospital donated money. Once they met their goal of $500- CEO Brian Kellar, and Radiology Manager Craig Buskohl- would wear pink scrubs on Friday, October 25.  They obviously made their goal!

Grundy County Hospital CEO Brian Keller (R) and Radiology Manager Craig Buskohl (L) proudly wear pink to support the Beyond Pink TEAM.

Grundy County Hospital CEO Brian Keller (R) and Radiology Manager Craig Buskohl (L) proudly wear pink to support the Beyond Pink TEAM.

Grundy Hospital radiology staff, manager Craig Buskohl center (with headband), raised $500 for the Beyond Pink TEAM.

Grundy Hospital staff raised $500 for the Beyond Pink TEAM.

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Splash Of Color

Splash of Color

Gabbi : April 29, 2013 1:17 pm : From the Team, Splash of Color, Uncategorized

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 ATTENTION:  News Director 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

ShanQuiesha Robinson

319-493-8980

Dee Hughes, Beyond Pink TEAM Chair

319-235-3179

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Support- Growing Goodness

 

As you move forward from cancer treatment, one of the many pieces of advice a survivor hears is to “eat healthy.” One way to eat healthy is to grow your own vegetables in a garden.

 

The “Splash of Color” meeting is Thursday, May 9 from 5-7 pm. It will be held at Waterloo Public Library, 415 Commercial Street in Waterloo.  Sally Browne, Master Gardner Intern will present on the topic “Small Space Vegetable Gardening.”

 

This FREE event is open to all women of color living with breast cancer.  Refreshments are provided by Panera Bakery-Café. Activities are planned from 5 to 7 p.m., but participants can come and go as their schedules allows. Child care is available, but must be pre-arranged.

 

The schedule of evening events:

5:00-5:30 pm Light Dinner & Fellowship

5:30-5:45 pm   Conversation/Support

5:45-6:45 pm   Sally Browne – “Small Space Vegetable Gardening”

6:50-7:00 pm     Wrap Up/Closing

For more information about the “Splash of Color” Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group call ShanQuiesha Robinson at 319-493-8980; or go to the Beyond Pink TEAM website at www.cedarvalleybreastcancer.org.

 

The “Splash of Color” Support Group is sponsored by the Beyond Pink TEAM. The Beyond Pink TEAM is part of the Cedar Valley Cancer Committee, and is a non-profit organization made possible by the collaborative efforts of many health organizations, businesses and dedicated individuals’ throughout the Cedar Valley. The Beyond Pink TEAM’s mission is to provide breast cancer prevention, education, support and advocacy for comprehensive, quality care in the Cedar Valley and surrounding communities. Going beyond pink ribbons, beyond pink light bulbs, beyond pink trinkets; Beyond Pink, we accomplish our mission by Taking action, Educating, Advocating and Making a difference.

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Splash of Color Receives Award

Gabbi : September 26, 2012 12:47 pm : From the Team, Splash of Color, Uncategorized, Young Cancer Survivors

Cathy Ketton, Shae Robinson and Nissha Walker are living proof that you can live, work and be happy after breast cancer.  This family volunteer team works within their community to provide education, resources and support to women of color about breast cancer.

They empower women to receive the care they need with the dignity they deserve.  Four years ago this team took a vision and formed a reality, Splash of Color.  The group’s mission is to assist women of color to care for themselves, get healthy and live life to the fullest.

The first Splash of Color Walk brought awareness that there is support for women of color surviving breast cancer.  This year’s Splash of Color Walk will be held Saturday, October 27th.

Splash of Color award recipients (from L-R): ShanQuiesha Robinson, Cathy Ketton and Nissha Walker.

The YWCA of Black Hawk County recognized the Splash of Color as their Women of Persimmon’s Business/Organization that Empowers Women for 2012.

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Young Cancer Survivors

Never Give Up.

Gabbi : August 19, 2016 9:21 pm : Events, Young Cancer Survivors

I was 34 years old when I was diagnosed. My kids were ages 1, 4, 6 and 9.  My daughter Roni had turned 1 in November, and I was just finishing up breast feeding in December or January. In February, I found a lump by accident. I thought nothing of it. I just thought I was still drying up from nursing, but I decided to have my doctor take a look at it just in case. My doctor suggested I get an ultrasound. The ultrasound doctor said it was not filled with fluid but it was a mass and suggested I go to a surgeon.

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Marina and her youngest daughter, Roni at the 9th Annual Pink Ribbon Run.

I literally had no idea what anything meant because no one gets cancer at 34….right? I was oblivious. But I just went from one appointment to the next. Nothing really hit me until the oncologist (literally the cancer doctor) told me I was going to get chemo. I said to her, “Ummm…I’m just here for radiation.” As it turned out, I wasn’t just there for radiation. Over the next 12 months, I was scheduled for a surgery to implant a port for the chemo, then endured 6 rounds of chemo and 32 radiation treatments. My breast cancer was Stage 2. One standard test during cancer treatment is a bone scan. My bone scan showed several tumors throughout my body, so they started to check for bone cancer. They were looking for Stage 4 bone cancer…that was very scary. They did hideous bone biopsies but thankfully they turned out to be benign tumors.

 

I write about this, not to bore you with my medical history, but to give you a general feel for where my head was at during that time. It also speaks to how I feel about the Pink Ribbon Run. Through the first six months, I never thought a thing about my cancer. I kept saying I was totally fine. I was just thankful my kids didn’t have cancer. I was in complete denial. So, I completed four rounds of chemo, worked 40 hours per week and raised four kids, like everything was totally normal. I was so sick and really tired.  After I completed four rounds of chemo and all the radiation treatments, I was supposed to go to back for two more rounds of chemo, Taxol. I had heard that Taxol was the worst. My hair was just starting to grow back. I was feeling normal, rocking my short hair; I had even stopped wearing a bandana.  I was preparing to go in for my weekly doctor appointment with the oncologist and I was feeling strong. Super confident. I had convinced myself that I did not need to finish my treatments, I was still “fine” and I was going to tell her I wasn’t going to do it.  I prayed, out loud, all the way to the doctor appointment. It was a super strong conversation with God, praying for strength and guidance to get through this appointment, a “help me through this” kind of prayer. It was a good conversation. I walked into the office, confident and strong, ready to go. I sat in the waiting room of her office…..it was also the waiting room for the “chemo room.”

 

This is the turning point in my story. A woman came out of the chemo room and sat down right next to me and started a conversation with me. I know she was an angel. I can’t tell you word for word what she said to me but she was younger, in her 40’s and she had had a relapse. She was talking to me about fighting and never giving up, and how no matter what you are faced with you have to be strong and know you can do it. I never told her what I was planning to say to my doctor, but every word she said was exactly what I had asked God for…I had wanted to quit, and the message back was: I needed to fight.

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Marina at the 9th Annual Pink Ribbon Run with her biggest supporters.

The woman went back in the chemo room and I just sat there with tears just streaming down my face, I wasn’t crying out loud, just silent tears. I went into my appointment with my doctor and started bawling… a lot. She rubbed my back and called a counselor and set up an appointment for me. She said, with her Indian accent, “You go to counseling, it’s ok.” So, I went to counseling, and it was amazing. But, I never went to a young cancer survivor group. I never had anyone to talk to about what I was going through. I never connected to another person going through what I was going through.  That was 11 years ago.

 

My first Pink Ribbon Run was in 2013. We have gone for the past three years. This is the time of year I celebrate how thankful I am for my life and every year I am so amazed at how happy I am. I cannot believe how many people are in my life now and how thankful I am that I fought through the tough times. The Pink Ribbon Run 5K is very special because I am surrounded by women who have gone through the same thing I have gone through, even though we don’t talk in depth about our stories. It is seriously the first time I have been around survivors. Not reaching out to a survivor group is my biggest regret, I feel like I missed out on a sisterhood of support.

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6th Annual Pink Ribbon Run- the first Survivor photo with the first of the painted signs.

When we are all together for the big picture, sometimes we make funny comments that would only be funny to someone who has had cancer. For example, the year of the spray painted sign someone said, “we survived chemo, a little paint fumes aren’t going to kill us.”  With other survivors it is okay to say cancer. People get so afraid to talk about it, and I get it, no one knows what to say, and certainly does not want to offend or make us feel bad. But it’s nice to be with survivors, to be a little sarcastic and funny. I love the survivor picture, it makes me feel a part of the sisterhood. I feel like I belong to something bigger than cancer. I love my pink shirt that says Survivor, and I love the pink beads, I feel fancy…and special.

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9th Annual Pink Ribbon Run Survivor photo.

At the Pink Ribbon Run, we celebrate our lives and the time we have as a family. The kids and I run together as a family; as a celebration. We all get dressed up in pink, crazy socks, make tutu’s, have fun with it. I love the Memorial signs that are along the course, too. I cry every time I walk by one.   I am thankful every day. I am still here, watching my kids grow, and the first weekend in October is when I remember and celebrate all these things. I will be there every year to celebrate my life and be an inspiration to the women who are still fighting. And to the survivors who are attending their first race? Come join us.

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From Supporter to Survivor

Gabbi : August 3, 2016 4:21 pm : Events, Young Cancer Survivors

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2015.  After discovering a lump I went in for my (overdue) mammogram and then had a follow up biopsy at Waverly Health Center.  From there I was referred to the Mayo Clinic  for chemotherapy and  mastectomy, and finished my treatments with 6 weeks of daily radiation at the Covenant Cancer Treatment Center. I plan to have reconstructive surgery later this year.

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Sherry (2nd from left in blue pie shirt) walks with her team at the 6th PRR.

My family has participated in the Pink Ribbon Run almost from the beginning…I have always wanted to support women going through cancer, but  I never expected to be one of them!  This year’s Run will be quite a different one for me.  In fact, one thought that kept me going during treatment was that I wanted to be able to run this race in October and start collecting my beads!

Sherry's dad, Sam, finishing the Pink Ribbon Run in 2011.

Sherry’s dad, Sam, finishing the Pink Ribbon Run in 2011.

 

I think the Pink Ribbon Run is great for the community because it shows the strength of so many women and also those who have been their support systems as they go through their cancer experience.  It also raises awareness of research being done, and reminds women to get their checkups and screenings done.

Sherry Schumacher

 

Editor’s note: You can register for the Pink Ribbon Run by following this link to the Pink Ribbon Run Registration. 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 our Survivor Sponsor, Community Auto Group.

 

 

Part of Sherry's friends and family who have been participating in the Pink Ribbon Run for years. This was the 6th Annual Run in 2012. Her dad is far left and good family friend Mary is next to him.

Part of Sherry’s friends and family who have been participating in the Pink Ribbon Run for years. This was the 5th Annual Run in 2011. Her dad is far left and good family friend Mary is next to him.

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Uncategorized

Ocwen Fundraising

Gabbi : December 3, 2013 3:43 pm : From the Team, Fundraiser, Uncategorized

Ocwen Loan Servicing (previously GMAC) conducted several fundraisers in October with the funds raised to be donated to the Beyond Pink TEAM.

Ocwen employees raised $2872 during the month of October.

Kim Jensen, breast cancer survivor and Ocwen employee, presents BPT president Dee Hughes with a check from October fundraisers

Kim Jensen, breast cancer survivor and Ocwen employee, presents BPT president Dee Hughes with a check from October fundraisers

Fundraisers Included:

Pink Hair
Cookies
Casual Days
Bake Sale
Angels
Thirty One Bags

Thank you Ocwen for your continuing support of the Beyond Pink TEAM! We couldn’t do what we do, with out the support of local businesses and their generous employees!

 

 

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Beyond Pink TEAM Delivers in Washington DC

Gabbi : November 15, 2013 6:16 pm : Uncategorized

Christine Carpenter (very back) poses in Washington, DC with other breast cancer advocates who were all instrumental in bringing NBCC's message to the White House.

Christine Carpenter (very back) poses in Washington, DC with other breast cancer advocates who were all instrumental in bringing NBCC’s message to the White House.

On Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013, local breast cancer survivor and advocate Christine Carpenter traveled to Washington, DC. As the Advocacy Chair of the Beyond Pink TEAM, Carpenter joined 20 breast cancer advocates from across the country to deliver petitions to the President of the United States.

The petitions represented 76,000 signatures, collected across the United States over the past year, to show nationwide support of ending breast cancer. The goal of this meeting was to ask President Obama to commit to work with the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). The Coalition has already been hard at work and has set a deadline to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

The advocates met Hallie Schneir, the Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement and Carole Johnson, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Domestic Policy Council. After presenting the petitions, NBCC advocates met with these senior White House staff to provide an update on NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.  They discussed ways they could work with the White House toward the goal of – knowing how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. White House staff commended the advocates for their “tireless advocacy based on evidence.” They thanked the women “for holding our feet to the fire.” For more information on NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® please visit breastcancerdeadline2020.org.

Beyond Pink TEAM members meet with Senator Chuck Grassley and NBCC's Fran Visco.

Beyond Pink TEAM members meet with Senator Chuck Grassley and NBCC’s Fran Visco.

Two members of the Beyond Pink TEAM sit on the board of the NBCC. The Beyond Pink TEAM has a long history of making a local difference by working with our nation’s leaders. Working with NBCC, the advocates had a significant impact on passing legislation in 2001 that increased treatment and insurance availability for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer through the Iowa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program. Additionally, Beyond Pink TEAM advocates worked with Senator Grassley’s office  in 2012 to facilitate bipartisan support in the Senate for the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act.

The Beyond Pink TEAM is part of the Cedar Valley Cancer Committee, and is a non-profit organization made possible by the collaborative efforts of many health organizations, businesses and dedicated individuals’ throughout the Cedar Valley. The Beyond Pink TEAM focuses on breast cancer in the Cedar Valley. Going beyond pink ribbons, beyond pink light bulbs, beyond pink trinkets; Beyond Pink, we accomplish our mission by Taking action, Educating, Advocating and Making a difference. To learn more about the Beyond Pink TEAM, please visit beyondpinkteam.org

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