Survivor Stories


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

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

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

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Sharon Delaney McCloud – Cancer Survivor

Sharon Delaney McCloud – Cancer Survivor The Kay Yow Cancer Fund has had the honor to work with Sharon over the past few years, and we’d like to share her story with you. This year, Sharon was the guest speaker at the annual Golf Classic and touched many lives in the process. This is Sharon’s

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Cindy Bass – Cancer Warrior

Cindy Bass holds a BS in Elementary Education and an MBA in Finance Management. She resides in Aurora, IL with her two sons who are currently attending college. Her eldest son, Alex, is a senior at the University of Missouri, while her youngest son, Lucas, is a freshman at Purdue Northwest University and is part

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Wanda Goins – Survivor Story

As a former transcriptionist in the medical field, Wanda Goins understood the importance of going for her annual mammogram. Although there was a lack of history with cancer in her family, working in women’s health taught Wanda that you should never pass up the chance of early diagnosis if something alarming shows up. In 2014,

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Kim Lowery – Survivor Story

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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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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