We invite you to read the inspiring stories of women who are fighting or who have won the fight against cancer.
Cindy Gore has been a breast cancer survivor for six years. Her seven grandchildren keep Cindy young at heart. She learned that when faced with cancer, the secret is to remain positive. “You can do it. You can get through it. They have come so far in understanding and treating cancer,” says Cindy. Reflecting back on the treatments, a strong faith was crucial. “I realized that in going through cancer, there was only one set of footprints in the sand. I was not alone. I was carried the whole time,” says Cindy.
Rachel Ragland was diagnosed with breast cancer 17 years ago. It was a tough fight, but Rachel had a lot of encouragement from her friends and family. Today, she talks to young ladies about staying healthy and being in sync with their bodies. It’s important to help others be aware of the signs. “I’m not here on this earth for just me,” says Rachel. Recently, an old diary she kept during her treatment was found. “When I read it, it made me realize how blessed I truly am,” Rachel states.
Pat Washington was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, and the fight continues. Pat realized that she was stronger than she thought she was. Cancer can be frightening, but Pat is a believer that you have to maintain your faith and a sense of humor to sustain the fight. Pat has an amazing support system, and many people are praying for her. Even Pat’s surgeon prayed with her before surgery. “I had such a sense of calm and confidence after that. It made all the difference,” says Pat.
With sadness, we announce that in June of 2015, after many years of successfully battling cancer, Patty Pedelty was called home to be with her Lord.
A cancer survivor since 1992, Patty fought both breast and colon cancer. Being a nurse for 36 years had its pluses and minuses. Naturally, she was knowledgeable about cancer but then felt that “you can know too much.” Patty credited her family, friends, and her faith for helping her beat the odds through the years. “While you are on this earth, your friends and family are the most important things in life. But I also believe cancer strengthened my faith and led me to be very active in my church life.”