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Breast Cancer Survivor Counts Blessings
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Judy Christman died from breast cancer at the young age of 34, leaving behind two young sons. Her friend Amani Vlasic is a breast cancer survivor herself walking in Judy's memory at Sunday's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Corning.
"[There was] no history in her family, she didn't feel a lump," says Amani. "She wasn't proactive about getting or insisting that doctors do something and by the time that she did, it was too late. It was stage four and a year after her prognosis she was gone."
Amani's mother had breast cancer, that's why she was so proactive and got screened every year.
"If I had not gotten a mammogram-- I didn't feel anything-- there was no lump that was palpable," says Amani. "It probably would have been 5 years before anything would have been felt at that point. What would have happened-- I don't know if I would be here today."
Amani knows the fears that come with getting checked and learning you have cancer. She worried about losing her breasts and hair. She also knows what it's like to be worried about getting surgery.
"As frightening as that walk is into the building and as long as those 5 minutes are before the radiologist comes back and tells you whatever your diagnosis is, it's one of the most curable cancers out there," says Amani.
And she also knows how expensive treatment and tests can be. That's why she's donating 5% of sales from her store, Cappy's, to the American Cancer Society.
Team Judy has raised over $3,000 this year for breast cancer research and services.
Local restaurants like Charlie's Cafe are joining the fight as well.
"If we all help out and participate, it just gets the word out there," says Michael Skinkle-Hill. "The more people that are helping, it's just better for everybody."
You can Dine Out for the Cure tonight at area restaurants to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Click on this link to see which restaurants are participating: http://www.komentwintiers.org/get-involved/komen-activities/dine-out-for-the-cure-1.html