Survivor Stories

#POWERofONE

Every minute, one woman is diagnosed with cancer in the United States.

That’s one mother. One daughter. One wife.

These are the stories of women who have fought cancer. They give us HOPE

Survivor Spotlight – Kim Lowery

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual health campaign designated for raising awareness about breast cancer and its impact on women. This month gives communities, charity organizations, and individuals a chance to connect, share their journeys, and advocate their causes. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Kay Yow Cancer Fund had the

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Survivor Spotlight: Lori White

Sitting at a table eating lunch with her daughter, an overwhelming “gut feeling” flooded Lori White – a feeling that she could not resist or ignore. The feeling approached out of nowhere, and no sign or indication pointed Lori in the direction of this unshakeable thought.  “I think I have breast cancer,” Lori told her

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Thankful Persistence – Dr. Shannon Yates

Kay Yow said, “When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.” It was a motto she lived by.  Dr. Shannon Yates has been kicking it forward all of her life. Shannon lost her parents at an early age. She was 8 years old when her father passed away and 4 years later, she lost

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Fighting Towards the Finish Line

For Debbie Zimmermann, leading a healthy lifestyle was never challenging. She had found a passion for being active and was constantly setting big goals for herself in the world of Iron Mans and marathons. Preparing for these competitive events required taking care of her body, consuming a healthy diet, and overall being in tune with

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lori Edwards

In 2017, Lori Edwards was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Her response? She finished treatment in 2018, continued her career, while raising her daughters, and started participating in the Kay Yow Cancer Celebration Run/Walk the next year. In 2022, Lori was an honorary co-chair for the Celebration Run/Walk, where she galvanized her friends, family,

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Miss Mindy Sopher: Filled with Joy

The following blog was written by LuLu Black, a student of Miss Mindy Sopher at NC State University: Any student at NC State who has ever had the privilege of sitting in a class with Miss Mindy Sopher could tell you that she has an extraordinary way of generating positivity and connection. In one word, Miss Mindy

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Cheryl Leone: Finding the Joy

Every single day Cheryl Leone defies the odds. Science says she should not be here. Statistics say she should have left us 16-17 years ago. A decade and a half later, she is still here – still living with joy, still inspiring. Cheryl was diagnosed with stage IV vulvar cancer in 2005. She was given

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A Critical Call…

Kelly Moyer is an overcomer. She tells her cancer story as it is, just a chapter. A chapter in a much bigger book. She credits her athletic background – until recently she was an NCAA women’s basketball official. She loves the game, and the game has taught her a lot. It taught her how to

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