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Faces of a Warrior

Last year, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®, Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale launched the Faces of a Warrior campaign.The campaign was so well received, that we have decided to bring it back for the 21st Annual Race for the Cure®.

With a focus on 21 years, Komen will select a survivor to represent each year the Race has run. The survivors will share their stories of strength and resilience, stories of not just surviving breast cancer, but thriving in spite of it. We encourage you to check back every week to get to know our Warriors by reading their stores below.

Meet the Warriors

Zoraida Chamizo, 26 Year Survivor
When I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ 26 years ago, I was frightened. In those times, cancer wasn’t discussed openly, and my initial thought was the possibility of dying..... Read more

Kim Heard, 21 Year Survivor
Surviving breast cancer means I am incredibly blessed to be alive and so very grateful! More importantly, I live each day of my life with intention. My breast cancer diagnosis was the most impactful “AHA” moment of my life.... Read more

Felicia Weatherspoon, 20 Year Survivor
My 20 year journey has given me strength and courage to live life to the fullest. I was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer on June 18, 1996. However, from the time my maternal grandmother lost her battle .... Read more

Carolyn J. Williams, 18 Year Survivor
Being diagnosed with Breast Cancer has been the hardest shock of my lifetime. I initially did not bring up the matter to my family, but on Thanksgiving Day 1998 I finally communicated to them that I would have a lumpectomy .... Read more

Sonia Oviedo, 17 Year Survivor
My name is Sonia and I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. At the time of my diagnosis, my daughter was very young and I had very little support throughout my treatment. I endured three rounds of chemotherapy.... Read more

Georgina Vincent Jones, 16 Year Survivor
My world stopped the day I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I am certain God instructed me to check my breast. At first, I fought the idea of cancer and didn’t want it to be true, but I’m glad I found out when I did...... Read more

Arva Chipman, 15 Year Survivor
I feel blessed to have survived breast cancer. Following a routine checkup, cancer was detected during its initial stages. In my case, the diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ came early enough where I didn't need chemotherapy or radiation.... Read more

Pamela Burnett, 14 Year Survivor
My name is Pamela and I am a breast cancer survivor. People often ask me how breast cancer has affected my life. And my response is simple - breast cancer did not affect my life, it consumed it.... Read more

Nancy Bourke, 13 Year Survivor
“I'm a Breast Cancer Survivor!” I never thought I would say those words! I sat in the doctor’s office, my loving husband Ken beside me, awaiting the news that would change my life forever. When the doctor said, “you have cancer,” I stopped listening. ... Read more

Elisa Baptist, 12 Year Survivor
I never expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer especially since I have a large family with no prior history. In August 2004, a few months after my annual wellness exam and much to my surprise... Read more

Marilyn Van Houten, 11 Year Survivor
I quickly learned that I was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of breast cancer, and even though I am a Registered Nurse, I had very little knowledge of breast cancer outside of Hospice nursing. I was frightened.... Read more

Sonya Bain, 10 Year Survivor
My fight against cancer started at 27 years old, when my first mammogram revealed a benign lump. In the years that followed, I had to have numerous needle aspirations to remove cysts and calcifications. Nonetheless, I was committed to living as healthy a life as possible... Read more

Carla Hill, 9 Year Survivor
I discovered a lump in my right breast as I was getting ready for my cousin’s wedding. The lump immediately frightened me for two reasons. First, it seemed to appear out of nowhere and my mother was a breast cancer survivor... Read more

Carol Toomer, 8 Year Survivor
I have always been a lover a music, so it’s no surprise that when I got the call from my doctor telling me I had Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer, I was driving home listening to oldies on the radio and singing my heart out... Read more

Dianne Sussman, 7 Year Survivor
I never imagined I would be diagnosed with breast cancer, but on November 11, 2009, I received the call no one should ever get telling me I had Stage 1 breast cancer. In that moment, I only heard the word "cancer," nothing else... Read more

Yvette Fish, 6 Year Survivor
I remember it like it was yesterday, walking into my doctor’s office after my annual mammogram six years ago, confident that I would receive good news. Nothing could have prepared me to hear the words, “you have breast cancer...” Read more

Bertha Ross, 5 Year Survivor
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I had so many unanswered questions. I had always dealt with cysts in my breasts and routinely had them removed, and so when I felt a lump in my breast I once again thought this was another instance of much ado about nothing... Read more

Pamela Moreno, 4 Year Survivor
In 2012, I got the news that no woman ever wants to hear, “you have breast cancer.” At first, when I heard the words I thought she meant I “might” have breast cancer. It was as if I was in the middle of a bad dream... Read more

Nilda Mendoza, 3 Year Survivor
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, my niece had just passed away from ovarian cancer. My family was so lost in their grief that it was hard for them to be there for me when I was initially diagnosed. That made an already difficult situation worse... Read more

Patricia A. Parks, 2 Year Survivor
In November of 2013, I missed my annual mammogram, but a few months later, in March, I was able to schedule it. I went, as I did each year and expected to get the same results, but this time my doctor told me I would have to have a biopsy done... Read more

Lisa Jeffery, 1 Year Survivor
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer I was lost, scared and totally devastated. Though I had a strong faith in God, I didn’t know how to ask him for help... Read more

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