Susan G. Komen Wyoming Race for the Cure® Coming August 11th
I found a wonderful video of the Race for the Cure from last year’s race and thought you might like to give it a look…it’s very inspiring! Finding a cure for breast cancer is of the highest importance, not only for those who suffer with the disease…but for those who love them as well.
A Cheyenne breast cancer survivor is the grand prize winner of the General Mills “Honor Your Hero” contest and will be featured on Cheerios boxes sold in Safeway stores across the nation this fall. Heather Blakely-Voyles was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2010 at the age of 32. She received a bi-lateral mastectomy and a hysterectomy in addition to undergoing six rounds of chemotherapy and seven weeks of radiation.
Today her cancer is in remission, and she says her experiences have taught her that it’s important to know your risk factors for cancer and to do monthly self examinations. She says she didn’t do the self-examinations and is lucky that her doctor caught the cancer, “otherwise I probably wouldn’t be here today”. She says breast cancer can affect anyone, young or old, male or female. Blakely-Voyles is the co-chair of the Wyoming Kids for the Cure committee and volunteers for the Susan G. Komen Wyoming Race for the Cure, which will be held August 11, 2012 in Cheyenne.
Her mother entered Blakely-Voyles in the national contest, telling her story of diagnosis, treatment, pulmonary embolism, and beyond. “After she had entered me she told me about it, which I thought was sweet, but a bit silly. No one ever wins nationwide contests, least of all me,” Blakely-Voyles explained.
However, in late March, Heather found out that she was the grand prize winner and her photo would be on the cover of General Mills’ breast cancer awareness boxes of Cheerios sold in Safeway stores across the nation this fall.
The Race for the Cure® series raises awareness and funds to help eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. This year’s Wyoming Race for the Cure® will be held in Cheyenne on Aug. 11, 2012. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 330 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed among Wyoming’s women and men in 2010 and approximately 60 died of the disease. Through events like the Wyoming Art for the Cure: A Celebration of Art and Life, the Komen Wyoming Race for the Cure® and PAWS for the Cure, the Wyoming Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has invested over $1.5 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in Wyoming. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen Wyoming Affiliate stay in the state. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Research & Grants Program for energizing science to find the cures. Join us by visiting us online at www.komenwyoming.org.