BK’s Story

Brenda (BK) is a Race participant that is particularly interested in finding a cure for breast cancer. She is a two-time survivor who also lost her older sister to the disease, and the misunderstanding that once surrounded it.

From her very first mammogram, Brenda was recommended for follow-up and was soon diagnosed with breast cancer. She survived, and because she continued to be screened regularly, they caught the cancer recurrence two years later in an extremely early and treatable stage. Sadly, her sister chose not to have recommended follow-up for fear of scarring; by the time Brenda and their family had convinced her to seek treatment, her cancer was too advanced. Brenda says she doesn’t want anyone else to go through what she and her family have been through and is adamant that women get screened regularly for breast cancer.

Brenda remembers being a part of a very small group of women who came out to that first Race. Compared to today, she says it’s like being in a sea of survivors.

She has been participating in the Komen FL Suncoast Race since it started in 1999, and she says she is amazed by the surge in survivors over the years. Brenda remembers being a part of a very small group of women who came out to that first Race. Compared to today, she says it’s like being in a sea of survivors.

In 2013 Brenda’s breast cancer returned and she has since had a mastectomy and is still on chemo treatment. Even though Brenda lives outside of our service area and can no longer attend our Race, she has embraced Facebook and email as a means to fundraise from afar. Brenda posts on her Facebook every day to encourage her friends to give and often shares a picture of her sister and their story. She also emails her friends and family, encouraging them to support her mission and ours to end breast cancer forever. Because of supporters like Brenda, we are one step closer to finding the cures for breast cancer and changing the story of how breast cancer impacts our community.

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