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The Run for the Cure is one of my favourite events. While Cancer strikes a chord of terror, the run is a positive and affirming way to take action, celebrate achievements, and become part of a positive movement, while having fun. My sister-in-law, Katherine Butson, has battled one of the most formidable forms of breast cancer. She has faced many challenges above and beyond her diagnosis. It started with Katherine finding a lump and asking for a biopsy in addition to the standard mammogram and ultra sound. She was told that her lump was 2mm and was benign, that no biopsy was needed and that she should return in six months for a follow up. Fortunately, her family doctor recognized her worries and asked that the cyst be aspirated by a radiologist colleague. This second doctor determined that a biopsy indeed was needed, and it revealed that her tumor was not 2 mm of benign tissue but 2 cm of cancerous material, a huge difference. She was also told that this cancer was stage 1 cancer and would require a lumpectomy and radiation only. Katherine had a lumpectomy to remove the mass, but it turned out her cancer was not a single solid mass but many small masses and additional cancer remained along the incision margins. And, the cancer was not stage 1 but more advanced. More disappointment. Analysis of the tissue showed that she had a highly aggressive type of cancer known as triple-negative, and if she had waited the six months for her follow up visit she likely would have been a terminal case. Katherine bravely faced six strong doses of chemotherapy, but unfortunately was one of the 1,200 Canadians who received diluted chemo treatments. From the original mis-diagnosis, the unsuccesful lumpectomy, the lethal form of cancer and the diluted treatments, Katherine was fighting to keep her faith in our medical system and to trust that she would be cured. Fortunately Katherine's chemo, radiation and surgery have removed any traceable signs of cancer, although she has had her share of scares with new lumps developing.
I’m participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, October 6th along with my husbandand countless relatives and friends because breast cancer is a cause that is very important to me. The life of my sister-in-law and her fight have made me even more vested in wanting to find a cure. When I think about the estimated over 23,000 women and men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in Canada, it feels good to know I’m doing something to change those statistics through my participation, fundraising and by learning more about breast cancer. I also am proud to be part of Team Katherine Butson, a team that has raised over $175,000 in the past five years. Cancer is known for its destructive capabilities, but it met its match in my sister-in-law, who has made it her very personal goal to be a leading fundraiser and to promote the need for research and its associated funding.
You can make a difference too! With your support, the Foundation will continue funding breast cancer research, education, awareness, advocacy and health promotion initiatives across the country, aimed to significantly reduce the burden of breast cancer in Canada. Every donation counts. Your continued dedication moves the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation closer to achieving its vision of creating a future without breast cancer.
Don't wait until there is someone you know and love who is affected by breast cancer. Please donate and support my fundraising efforts via Team Katherine Butson.
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