A world with less breast cancer is a world with more birthdays. That world gets closer and closer at every American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
The Making Strides walk is an inspiring event to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and to help save lives. With every step you take, you'll be giving people facing breast cancer more candles to light.
Doreen Fogle, the honorary chairperson for the 2011 Make Strides to End Breast Cancer event in Altoona, has been battling breast cancer for three years. After being diagnosed with stage three cancer in 2009, Fogle, a resident of Altoona, underwent treatment that included a mastectomy, intense chemotherapy, and radiation. Unfortunately, the cancer returned in late 2010. The cancer had progressed to stage four and had now invaded her lungs, brain, and eyes. "Obviously, this was not the news that my loved ones and I wanted to hear," states Fogle. "Once the initial shock wore off, we went back into fighting mode."
The second round of battle started with two radiation treatments to the brain, a procedure called Cyber Knife. The treatment entails pinpointing the tumor in the brain and treating it with high levels of radiation. Although Fogle considered participating in a promising medical trial to treat the rest of the cancer, the waiting time to begin the treatment was longer than she or her doctors were comfortable with waiting. Instead they opted to start a second round of chemotherapy. Fogle is still on that regimen and has seen a great deal of improvement. The tumors behind her eyes are now dormant and the tumors in the lungs are now minimal in size.
Fogle credits her will to fight to her husband of 21 years, Jim, and their three children: Jimmy (15), Tessa (13), and Liz (10). "I draw a lot of strength from my family," says Fogle. "I have an amazing husband and three incredible children. We're getting through this together."
Fogle continues to work as an English teacher at Bishop Guilfoyle, where she also moderates the National Honor Society. "The amount of support that I have received from the Bishop Guilfoyle community has been amazing," says Fogle. "I am very blessed to work in a faith-filled environment." Co-workers and administrators at the school donated sick days, so that Fogle would not lose pay when taking off work to receive treatment. Parents, co-workers, and students sent cards, dinners, words of support, and gifts to the Fogle family. NHS members presented Mrs. Fogle with 100 daffodils during Daffodil Days. John Albright, a student teacher who worked with Fogle, organized an auction to benefit Fogle.
Fogle says that the most valuable gift she has received is the gift of prayer. People are praying for her all over the country and even as far away as Australia. She has requested to be put on every available prayer list. Fogle says, "I appreciate everything that the medical community has done to help me fight this disease, but it is through prayer and the love of God that I am getting through this. Because of my faith, I know that, no matter what happens with the cancer, I will be okay. My family will be okay."
Fogle will speak to the walkers at the opening ceremony for the walk at 11am.
All breast cancer survivors who come to the walk will gather for a survivor photo at 10:45 on the front steps of the Adler gym.
Making Strides walkers can sign up the day of the walk at the campus or online at http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/paaltoona
The goal of this years walk is to raise $144,000 for the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research, education and patient support services. A team can be made up of 2 or more walkers and there is no minimum amount a walker has to raise in order to participate. Every dollar makes a difference. Walkers can also walk as individuals. Event t-shirts will be available for sale at the event for $20.00.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Committee Breast Cancer Survivors:
Left to Right:
Dana Harris - From Hollidaysburg - 2 and 1/2 year survivor - Survivor Chair for Committee
Vicky Buda - From Altoona - 2x survivor - 3 year survivor - Committee member
Doreen Fogle - From Altoona - 3and 1/3 year survivor - Honorary Walk Chair / Guest Speaker
Linda Hinton - From Hollidaysburg - 24 year survivor - Walk Committee Chair