Sup­port for Breast Can­cer Out­reach Pro­gram & Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - New­port, VT,

Lau­rie Gray is a twenty one year sur­vivor of Breast Can­cer. When she was 28, she felt a lump dur­ing a “self” exam and al­though she had no fam­ily his­tory and a healthy life­style, she was di­ag­nosed with Breast Can­cer.

“At the time I had a 6 week old son and I was faced with surg­eries, chemo­ther­apy and re­con­struc­tion which in the end were “all” part of my “fight” for sur­vival,” said Lau­rie.

“I have al­ways been open about my ex­pe­ri­ence to ev­ery­one in hopes to raise another per­son’s aware­ness. I am a huge ad­vo­cate and liv­ing proof in en­cour­ag­ing early de­tec­tion and breast can­cer sur­vival.”

“Are you be­ing proac­tive in breast health or have you asked your loved one if they are be­ing proac­tive? Start­ing with monthly self ex­ams (pick a day of the month to stay con­sis­tent and in help­ing to re­mem­ber), in­clud--

ing hav­ing an an­nual clin­i­cal exam and mam­mo­gram? You may save their life!” Lau­rie urges.

Over the years Lau­rie has been in­volved with North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal and the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety in sev­eral breast can­cer aware­ness and sup­port pro­grams. In her con­tin­ued sup­port of Breast Can­cer Aware­ness, she would like to share her re­cent birth­day story.

“Last week my fam­ily “sur­prised” me with a 50th Birth­day party / ben­e­fit auc­tion for Breast Can­cer Aware­ness. Ev­ery­one was dressed in pink. My son pro­vided a slide show of my life and in lieu of gifts, lo­cal busi­nesses do­nated items that were auc­tioned off to the high­est bid­der rais­ing $1,968, ex­plained Lau­rie. “My fam­ily knows that Breast Can­cer Aware­ness is so close to my heart and it is “our” honor to do­nate the $1,968 to sup­port our “Lo­cal” Breast Can­cer Out­reach Pro­gram.”

This pro­gram, at North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal Com­mu­nity Health, pro­vides funds for women who are unin­sured or un­der­in­sured (high de­ductibles) and are in need of mam­mo­grams (screen­ing or di­ag­nos­tic) and breast ul­tra­sounds, and clin­i­cal breast ex­ams. The pro­gram is par­tially funded through the VT/ NH Af­fil­i­ate of Su­san G. Komen for the Cure and other lo­cal do­na­tions. When con­sid­er­ing mak­ing a dona­tion, what bet­ter place than for the women in our own com­mu­nity.

“Al­though my life has taken many paths, I con­trib­ute my sur­vival to early de­tec­tion and treat­ment, as well as my faith and con­tin­ued sup­port from my fam­ily, friends and co-work­ers. I am truly blessed – Thank you to each of you!!! Re­mem­ber to “Live Ev­ery Day to the Fullest” and to “Make the Most out of Ev­ery­thing You Do.” You can make a dif­fer­ence! Early de­tec­tion is the best pro­tec­tion!” con­cluded Lau­rie.

Lau­rie Gray, Breast Can­cer Sur­vivor, at Derby Green where she is busi­ness of­fice su­per­vi­sor, presents a check for $1,968 to Joanne Fedele, RN, MSN, Com­mu­nity Health Plan­ner for North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal, to sup­port the Breast Can­cer Out­reach Pro­gram.

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