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Every person who walks in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event has a reason for walking - and every person touched by cancer has a story to tell. These stories remind us that the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is more than a walk. It describes the progress we're making together to save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Below are personal stories we hope will inspire you to join us in making strides to end breast cancer!

Alyceia Kimbrough's Story

My Mother the Gladiator
August is my birthday month, and my mother always does my birthday BIG. I call her gifts “a party in a box” because opening one of her presents is a special event.


Gina Cook's Story

No longer surviving but Thriving
My name is Gina, and what an honor to share my story with you. My prayer is that somewhere along the line of my story, you will feel hope and strength. They say time flies when you are having fun.


Joy's Story

18 Years And Counting
"I was afraid cancer meant my life was over.” Joy talks about how, after a mastectomy in her early 30s, an American Cancer Society Reach To RecoveryŽ volunteer helped her move forward and even become a volunteer herself.


JoJo's Story of Hope

I envisioned myself as this unstoppable samurai warrior
“When I was first diagnosed it was pretty scary. My husband and I sat white-knuckled in a doctors office and got the news. It was definitely breast cancer and I was in denial.”



Abby Acuna’s Story – Cancer, Charlie & Chance
My journey is one of a discovery of self. My tumor had a name, Charlie, when removed my new breast’s name is Chance. In March 2010, I saw a lump on my left breast in the mirror. Any other time or day this wouldn't have bothered me but this didn’t seem right to me.

Wendy Boyette's Story – I Know My God is Good
I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in July, 2012. I have had 2 surgeries and will have to have radiation in about 1 week. But I am now cleaned of the awful mess thanks to God and wonderful Doctors.

Michele Hawkins's Story – It's All In The Attitude
I AM a Survivor. I never thought it would be me. What didn't show up 3 months earlier on my annual mammogram, I found myself. I was fortunate. I caught mine early. It was still stage 1, however, it was already grade 3; which meant it was a very angry, very mean, very aggressive cancer. Was I frightened?

Patsy Aynes' Story – 27 years and still cancer-free
In 1985 I discovered a very large lump. The doctor diagnosed me with stage 3 breast cancer. I was devastated at the news. I was told that I would need a mastectomy. I decided to have the implant done at the same time, which also involved removing 23 lymph nodes.

Ashley Gidley's Story – My mom the SURVIVOR
About four years ago, the shock of a lifetime presented itself to me and my family. My mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I was only 10 at the time. I can honestly say I never understood what fear was until I received that news. We knew it was going to be a struggle.

Erin Ripplinger's Story – Miracle for Two
I was diagnosed at 23 with stage 4 breast cancer. Little did I know that I would not only be fighting for my life but the life of a baby, one I didn't even know I was pregnant with until I was six months along! The doctors were shocked at my young age.



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