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

Life of Hope…

For many cancer survivors, there is great encouragement in the idea of life after cancer. We often share the story of Kay Yow and point to the many accomplishments she lived after her initial diagnosis with breast cancer in 1987, including starting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund 20 years later. Her timeline always seems to give

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The Power of One…

How many women have said, “I never thought it would happen to me,” only to be rocked by an unforeseen cancer diagnosis? Too many. Far too many. Teresa Dunlap was never one of those women. She always thought she would get cancer. Maybe it was her background in clinical research—just too aware of the odds.

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A Decade of Difference…

If it had been a decade earlier, things might have been very different. Kelly Werner was in the car with her son, age 3, when she got the call. Her worst fears were confirmed. It was cancer. She had been expecting the call, perhaps even the results, but nothing can prepare a person for the

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The True Wins of Play4Kay…

Life and death situations are a daily occurrence for Jaime Cowie. She is a first responder. By definition, she is the calmest person in every room she enters. Daily occurrence or not, life and death is never routine. Especially when it is your own life that is in question. In April 2017, Jamie turned 40

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Pre-viving…

Nikki Speer is a mother; a daughter; a granddaughter; a niece; a sister; a wife. She is like many women, she can be described by numerous meaningful relationships. Relationships she treasures. But there is one more descriptor that came as a result of Nikki’s relationships, she is a “pre-vivor.” She is one of an increasing

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One Win at a Time…

There are a lot of ways to give strength. We live in a country blessed with heroes. Blessed with people who, in the circumstances of their lives, find ways to give to others. Erica Jones is one of those blessings. She is a person who, in grave circumstances, found a way to serve. Erica was

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Never Give Up…

Three months after she won her battle with triple negative breast cancer, Catherine Edmonds was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Thankfully, Catherine is an overachiever who is accustomed to raising above, one upping the challenge, and moving forward. As an eighth grader, she flunked math. Thanks to a teacher who saw her potential in high school

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Living Through Cancer…

As an organization, we try to avoid speaking on behalf of Kay Yow. Perhaps it is because we lack adequate words. Perhaps it is because her life, more than her words, spoke for itself. And then there are amazing women, like Dawn Calhoun, with whom Coach Yow would be so very happy to share her

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