Breast cancer survivors in the Fayetteville area are calling attention to the disease in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cindy McCormic, 64
Breast cancer survivors in the Fayetteville area are calling attention to the disease in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Cindy McCormic, 64, a retired principal for Cumberland County Schools, said she was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.
As a wife and mother, with no family history of breast cancer, McCormic said she and her family cried when she was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer during an annual monogram.
“Scared,” she said. “It’s pretty devastating to hear that because the first thing you think of is mortality.”
McCormic, who was born and raised in Fayetteville, said her battle with breast cancer lasted less than six months and she did not need chemotherapy. She did receive 25 treatments of radiation and was placed on Arimidex for the next five years.
Arimidex is a used to treat breast cancer in women after menopause.
“Hardest part for me was seeing my husband and daughter worry about me, knowing I couldn’t do anything to help them,” McCormic said.
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McCormic said that thankfully her monogram last week came back negative for breast cancer.
“Oh my God we had a celebration,” she said.
McCormic said Breast Cancer Awareness Month is important.
“Unfortunately, there are a lot of low-income women in the community who don’t go get their monogram, because No.1, they don’t have insurance and No. 2, they don’t have the money to pay out pocket.”
Gladys Hill, 80, is founder of Light Up Fayetteville Pink. She said the non-profit raises money by selling $5 pink light bulbs to lessen the financial burden on women who do not have insurance or who cannot afford out-of-pocket annual monograms.
“My mission is to light up the city in pink, to promote awareness of breast cancer,” she said.
Hill, also a breast cancer survivor, started the non-profit organization four years ago, two years before she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She said one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life.
Hill’s nonprofit has raised and donated about $25,000 in the last four years, Hill said. The goal this year is to raise $10,000. All the money raised by the non-profit, is donated to Cape Fear Valley Health. For more information on Light Up Fayetteville Pink, call Hill at (860) 748-8267.
Events in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Fayetteville area are :
- The 10th annual Turn the Park All Colors of Breast Cancer conducted by Woo’s Elite Ultimate Workout, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Hope Mills Park, Oct. 16, will include a meet-and-greet, a workout, and a shopping opportunity. The cost for the event is $10. For more information, call Ruby Murray at 910-850-8075.
- Tatas and Tailpipes, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, will be fundraising money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds will go to Cape Fear Valley Health.
Health and education writer Ariana-Jasmine Castrellon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-486-3561.
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