“I am alive today because of the breast health awareness promoted by Susan G. Komen®.” says Cindy. Many years ago, as part of her well woman exam, her gynecologist showed her a breast health video that had been created by Komen® on how to perform a breast self-exam and the importance of knowing what is normal for your body. In 2003, at the age of 36, while performing her monthly breast self-exam (BSE) she noticed a lump on her left breast. She was later diagnosed with stage II invasive ductal carcinoma hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer grade 3.
Since then, she has volunteered and fundraised for the Race to help fund more research programs such as the ones she was able to participate in while being treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center. “In my 11 years in the Race, I have witnessed these dollars at work at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Young Survival Coalition and The Rose – funded partners that received grants from Komen Houston.
This year, Cindy ranked #58 on the 2015 Pink Honor Roll for her phenomenal fundraising efforts in raising $2,450 to support Komen Houston’s mission – to save lives and end breast cancer forever.
Cindy remembers feeling overwhelmed by all the love and support she received from participating in the Race.
“Before the Race started, a gentleman representing Rio Roses saw I was a very bald pink t-shirt wearing survivor. He was so kind to me and comforted me. He asked me to look for him after the race. As I started the race, I stepped into the crowd. I have a mental and actual photo of this moment. I looked back at the thousands of people, none who knew me, but all were there to support me and others like me. The Race was wonderful, everything and more than I expected. At the end of the Race, the volunteer cheerleaders had lined up for the Survivor Path. They were high fiving me, handing me roses, the emotions in me were indescribable. At the end of the Survivor Path, the gentleman from Rio Roses was there to hand me what seemed like a ton of roses. He remembered me. He, a stranger, supported me in my race. As I walked around the grounds of the Race, other veteran survivors were handing me their roses, they were supporting me and my baldness, my struggle, my race for a cure.” remembers Cindy.