Breast cancer survivors share advice during Race For a Cure

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Breast cancer impacts so many across the world, and the Susan G Komen foundation has led the way in research and fundraising.

“If you feel like something’s wrong, definitely get it checked out right away,” says survivor Molly Gallagher.

That is her advice. She was 24 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, shocking her family and the doctors who don’t normally recommend mammograms until the age of 40.

Mary Jane Martin is the mother of a survivor. She says, “As the mother of a 24 year old, its like when you have a symptom don’t think you’re too young.”

The Susan G Koman Foundation has been bringing awareness to the disease for decades.

On Sunday, hundreds flocked to the Scenic City for their ‘Be More Than Pink’ Race For a Cure.

Not only encouraging fitness, but providing information for families with or without a history of cancer.

“There was no history of breast cancer in the family so even I thought that can’t be it. But she went right away and got good results so she’s a year survivors,” Martin said.

Surviving the disease is what many of the participants at these events have in common.

“My wife is a 16 year survivor. My mother is a 16 year survivor,” said William Woodard.

Woodard says detection was key for the women in his life and men of all ages.

“Make sure they get their wife, sister, mother, daughter tested for breast cancer. And also, men can catch breast cancer as well,” Woodward adds.

Woodard says that he donates because 75% of the money goes toward finding a cure.


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