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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. In 1996, the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure® started with a few hundred participants and a band of warriors determined to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. 

The 20th Anniversary Campaign will showcase how far we have come over the last 20 years, as both an Affiliate and a community - from a Race with a few hundred people to a movement with more than 20,000 people annually. Since its inception, more than 120,000 people have participated in the 5K Walk/Run, One Mile Fun Walk and Tot Run, while raising more than $14 million to fund the fight against breast cancer locally. With a focus on 20 years of service and survivorship, the Faces of a Warrior campaign highlights a survivor for each year of survivorship by sharing their stories of strength and resilience, stories of not just surviving breast cancer, but thriving in spite of it. We encourage you to get to  know our Warriors by reading their stores below.


Meet the Warriors

Our Race for the Cure Founders
The idea for the Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure was born in August 1992 amid the chaos and clean-up following Hurricane Andrew... Read more

Kim Heard, 20 Year Survivor
Being a survivor means I am incredibly blessed to be alive and so very grateful! My breast cancer diagnosis was the most impactful “AHA” moment of my life... Read more

Myra Santana, 19 Year Survivor
Even though it has been 19 years, I can still remember that receiving the breast cancer diagnosis was the most difficult news I ever had to deal with. With very little income and no health insurance, I felt helpless, until... Read more

Lorna Johnson, 18 Year Survivor
I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, and a friend to many.  I am also a two-time breast cancer survivor... Read more

Kelly Foreman, 17 Year Survivor
I was not working when I was diagnosed with medullary breast cancer in January 1998 at the age of 35.  I vividly remember first feeling that lump when I was on the floor playing with my son, who was not yet two...  Read more

Betty Callander, 16 Year Survivor
When people said they were survivors I couldn't understand why they made such a big deal of it. Now I understand! I have survived several setbacks in my lifetime, including cancer – twice...Read more

Cheryl Watson, 15 Year Survivor
“You have breast cancer.” That was all I heard that summer day in 2000 at the doctor’s office as he explained my diagnosis. And all I could think after that was, “how long ‘til I die?”... Read more

Alison Pages, 14 Year Survivor
For the last 29 years, breast cancer has heavily impacted my life.  At the age of 17, I lost my mom to breast cancer.  Then at the age of 32, I was diagnosed with the same horrible disease that took my mom... Read More

Colleen Beem, 13 Year Survivor
When my stage one cancer was discovered following my first mammogram, my son was two and my twin girls were 18 months. I had a double mastectomy TRAM flap procedure and recovery was estimated to take about six months... Read More

Lynn Helmke, 12 Year Survivor
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, after having my first mammogram at the age of 35. To say that I was in shock when the doctor gave me the news would be an understatement. All I could think about was how badly I wanted to have a child and that now, I might not be able to do that – in the near future or at all... Read More

Sandy Evans, 11 Year Survivor
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2004. My husband, family and friends were my rock though the whole journey. In fact, my husband and best friend Betty were by my side every step of the way... Read More

Sharon Graff Radell, 10 Year Survivor
In September of 2005, South Florida was hit by three different storms – Denis, Katrina and Wilma. My own and very personal storm occurred that season as well. At the age of 42, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, I had two young children, a husband and my company TLC with over 200 nannies and sitters – all of which depended on me in so many different ways... Read More

Laurie Connors, 9 Year Survivor
This is my “story” but I never considered it “my” cancer. It invaded me for a time, but there was only one option – get rid of it and ensure that it never had a chance to return... Read More

Dianne Williams, 8 Year Survivor
After eight years of being cancer FREE, I believe I am a living testimony of God’s Grace, and as such I give all praises to God for the victorious outcome of my breast cancer journey. My journey began in January of 2007 when I noticed a small, painless lump over my left breast. At first, I thought I had hit myself with weights during a recent work out at the gym. But two weeks later, the lump was still there and still painless... Read More

Eve Mart, 7 Year Survivor
The day I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, just a month after my 35th birthday, I knew that my life would change forever. At that point, I had no idea just how much so. Make no mistake, I was scared to death! I was very much aware that you can’t always control what happens to you in life, but you can control how you respond..
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Barbara Bloom, 6 Year Survivor
At the age of 59 I decided to start a new job. A few weeks later, I had a mammogram done and shortly thereafter found out I had breast cancer. You think that hearing the words “you have breast cancer” is the worst, but it isn’t nearly as bad as having to repeat it to your loved ones... 
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Amie Brown, 5 Year Survivor
Before April 2010, I had only heard of breast cancer if it was affecting someone else  – and that someone else was always a grandmother, a mother or distant aunt – definitely not someone I knew directly, and certainly not someone my age. Breast cancer was not a part of my daily life, it was definitely not something I ever thought I would need to be concerned with. Then one day that all changed... Read More

Beth Armstrong, 4 Year Survivor
When I was diagnosed at age 36. I worked full-time, was a wife, and the mother of three boys. I did not have time for cancer, cancer was not in my game plan... Read More

Makeda McLune, 3 Year Survivor
My life is about leaps of faith and change. At 35, I decided to go back to school to complete my Bachelors Degree. During my first semester, I decided to utilize the University’s clinic to get a check-up. During my exam, the nurse asked me if I had a family history of cancer... Read More

Laura Szalay, 2 Year Survivor
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was juggling an incredibly busy real estate practice in New Mexico and my husband was living thousands of miles away in Miami. I knew beforehand that I had dense breasts, so it was usually a part of my routine to be prescribed an ultrasound following mammogram results. I fully expected to do my ultrasound and get the same results I always had. But I didn’t... Read More

Shari Sussman, 1 Year Survivor
I never thought I would get breast cancer. After all, when my sister was diagnosed a few years ago at an early stage 1, I was told that it didn't run in our family. However, much to my surprise, after a routine mammogram my doctors found a suspicious area that needed to be looked at... Read More

Thank you to our Race Founders and our 2015 Survivor Warriors for sharing your personal stories of challenge, resilience, hope and triumph.