Karen Wright “…Pays Her Positivity Forward…”/ACS STRIDES EVENT

I would like to share this article from the Evansville Courier Newspaper in Evansville, Indiana.  Karen has been a Godsend to the Evansville, Indiana community.  After her cancer diagnosis, she turned her energies to mentoring and fundraising through the American Cancer Society outreach programs.  I met Karen during my breast cancer treatment.  We have been “Sisters” ever since.   She is the “Karen” mentioned in my book “MARCH FORTH.”   Thus, I want to share this article and recognition rightfully so in honor of her.   Then please join all of us this Saturday, October 19th in Evansville, Indiana at Eastland Mall from 7:30 am (registration begins) to 11 am to help raise monies for American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Strides Event.  All profits from MARCH FORTH books will be donated to the cause.  No registration fees are needed to participate in the Strides Event but American Cancer Society is asking for donations. Here is the article  – “Walk to Support Research, Breast Cancer Programs” – http://www.courierpress.com/news/2013/oct/13/walk-to-support-research-breast-cancer-programs/

Today, I received permission from the Evansville Courier and Press – www.CourierPress.com – to print the article in its entirety below:

“Walk to support research, breast cancer programs”

  • By Meredith Harris
  • Posted October 13, 2013 at      11:14 p.m.

 

After a second diagnosis with cancer, Karen Wright made a promise to herself and God that if she made it through this time, she would help others battling the same disease.

The Evansville woman has kept her promise by volunteering as a mentor for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Reach to Recovery program, volunteering in the ACS office and volunteering at St. Mary’s Breast Center. Wright also leads a team in ACS Relay for Life and is on the committee for Saturday’s ACS Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Money raised in the walk will not only support research to fight breast cancer, but it will also fund programs such as Reach to Recovery, Look Good Feel Better, Road to Recovery and a 24/7 telephone hotline.

In 2007, Wright was diagnosed with colon cancer before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. While fighting breast cancer, she said, she had two mentors. She’s now returning the blessing those mentors were to her by mentoring three women through the Reach to Recovery program that matches newly diagnosed cancer patients with survivors as another form of support for the patient.

Wright said she tells the women she mentors to call her any time to talk, because she knows sometimes it is easier to talk to someone who is not a family member. Her advice to those recently diagnosed Take it one day at a time, stay positive and don’t feel sorry for yourself.

Look Good Feel Better helps change the patient’s self-image by providing her with an opportunity to learn about skin care options and offers support.

Road to Recovery provides transportation for cancer patients to their treatment appointments.

The 24/7 telephone hot-line is a resource offering survivors answers about treatment options.

Strides Against Breast Cancer will provide grants for breast cancer research at Indiana University, Notre Dame and other institutes nationwide, said Tara Hagan, senior representative of community engagement for the American Cancer Society.

The research funding will go to the researchers who are close to finding a cure, she said.

“It’s going to go where we can find a cure for breast cancer,” Hagan said. “We want to end this.”

The death rate for breast cancer patients has decreased by 33 percent since 1990, Hagan said.

Participants for Saturday’s walk can register online or at the event; there is no registration fee but the American Cancer Society is asking for donations.

The goal is to raise $50,000, Hagan said.

Live entertainment at the walk will include local cheerleaders and dance squads.

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If you go:

What: American Cancer Society’s Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

When: 9 a.m. Saturday Oct. 19

Where: Eastland Mall

Cost: Free, but donations are requested

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