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Get inspired by other survivor’s stories!
Carla Hill's Story
Carla is a two time cancer survivor and kidney transplant recipient. Both cancers and her transplant were done by Making Strides sponsor, University of Miami. The UM Sylvester’s website is where she shares her story.
She is now 7 years cancer free since her second cancer. She shares her story with the hope that others will be inspired not to give up. She is the Education & Outreach Manager for the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – managed by Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs and is the new Making Strides team leader for her department.
Saundra Spivack's Story
Like many women, the biggest challenge of my mammogram was trying not to worry while I waited for the results. All sorts of negative thoughts ran through my head. Why did this happen to me?
The news was devastating and all i wanted to do was run away in disbelief. Finding a doctor that took the time to answer all of my questions made all the difference. I felt like I was on a merry-go-round and each step of the way meant the difference between being happy with the results of your surgery and regretting your decision.
My doctors kept reminding me not to wait to long or the cancer would spread. I felt pressured yet I know they meant well. I needed to make this decision my way and I proceeded to get the ball rolling with contacting the American cancer society, checking the internet, talking to strangers who know more about what I was going through and especially my family and co-workers.
My co-workers helped to step in and prayed in groups right before my tests and surgery, I felt as if they were in the room with me and my fears disappeared.
I finally had my surgery and now my tests are routine follow-ups. During the cancer fundraising I received such a tremendous outpour just by collecting $1.00 from each person.
Today, thanks to your donations, researchers are coming out with a cure one cancer cell at a time. This fundraising is not only for breast cancer but for all cancers.
If we do our part and never give up we will defeat this cancer. This October, 2013 my birthday marked 5 years of being cancer free.
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