More than twenty five years ago, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything possible to put an end to breast cancer. Today, thanks to more than 100,000 survivors and volunteers/activists, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest, most progressive grassroots organization fighting breast cancer.
Volunteers play a vital role in the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure®. Their passion and commitment is what makes our Race successful. This disease has touched so many people, either through their own personal experience or that of a loved one. Will by join our passionate fight by volunteering on Race day?
Last year, individuals from all walks of life volunteered their time and talents before, during and after the Race to ensure its success. We need leaders, thinkers, movers and shakers, educators, communicators…all types of talented people. We look forward to having you join in the Race experience with us.
Please review this presentation before or after registering to volunteer for this year’s Race. This presentation was developed to give an overview of our organization and general expectations of our volunteers.
Thank you to the many volunteers that helped with last year’s RACE!
(Erin during her first chemo treatment)
I was 28 years old, it was November and I was in the shower and I felt a small lump in my left breast. I quickly blew it off thinking "It can’t be anything bad like breast cancer!" I was young, healthy, and didn’t have a family history of the disease. In December it had doubled the size yet I wasn’t worried. In January it was even bigger so I did what any young lady would do… I called my mother. She told me to get it checked and so I made the appointment to see my family physician in Kilgore. I left his office a little nervous as he referred me on to the Ross Breast Center in Tyler. After mammograms, ultrasounds and two biopsies, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I started my journey back to health at M.D. Anderson in Houston with some amazing doctors and treatments. I was lucky enough to participate in a new breast cancer vaccine trial and I am eager to see the vaccine become a standard of care to other women.
During my time with cancer I found it hard to relate with friends as they were all getting married and having children. I was at a different phase in my life fighting for my health and for my life. When I left Houston after a good bill of health, I wanted to help others in this area so I was thrilled to join a group of survivors here in East Texas, Breast Friends Forever. Breast Friends Forever is a support group for young ladies diagnosed with the disease, and so happens to be sponsored by Susan G. Komen Tyler. I have the opportunity to reach out and give support to someone that has walked in my shoes. I feel blessed for my journey because of the strength I learned I had and the support I can now give to others.
Join us for the Race for the Cure!
Two year breast cancer survivor