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Every person who walks in an American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event has a reason for walking, and every person touched by breast cancer has a story to tell. These breast cancer survivor stories remind us that the Making Strides event is more than a walk it’s a celebration of courage and an effort to save lives. Let the stories below inspire you to join us.


Becky Moore's Story

“The reconstruction surgery was the first decision I could make to take my life back! I was on the road to recovery!”
On July 15, 1996, I heard the words, "The lump is malignant!"

Donna Allard-Flett's Story

It's never too early to get started
This past October, more than 1.4 million people joined the American Cancer Society to help fight breast cancer at nearly 300 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. Find out why one individual and so many others feel motivated to walk.

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
No Longer Surviving but Thriving My name is Gina, and what an honor to share my story. My prayer is that somewhere along the line of my story, you will feel hope and strength. They say time flies when you’re 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 Recovery® 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 doctor’s 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; once it was removed my breast’s name became 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 at this time it 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 two surgeries and will have to have radiation, which starts in about a week. But I am now cleaned of the awful mess thanks to God and my wonderful doctors.

Michele Hawkins's Story – It's All In The Attitude
I AM a Survivor. I never thought it would be me. It didn't show up three months earlier on my annual mammogram, I found it 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, and very aggressive cancer. Was I frightened?

Patsy Aynes' Story – 27 years and still cancer-free
In 1985, I discovered a very large lump in my breast and was diagnosed me with stage 3 breast cancer. I was devastated at the news and was told 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 and 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, 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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