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Breast cancer survivors are invited to the survivor continental breakfast starting at 7:00 am followed by the survivor celebration, prior to the Race, at 7:45 am. Please listen for announcement from pink podium at the William J. Nealon Federal Building on N. Washington Avenue.

We are honored to introduce you Christine Gilroy, this year’s Honorary Survivor Chair for the Race and New Balance Hero.

Christine is sharing the story of her cancer journey with you to show the importance of proper diagnosis, treatment, and support of family and friends when you hear the words “You have cancer”.  Most importantly through Komen® lobbying efforts with our lawmakers, Christine’s life saving surgeries were covered by her insurance company.

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My first cancer was diagnosed in February of 2005.  I had a lumpectomy in April 2005 followed by 33 radiation treatments and 5 years of Tamoxifen.  It was an early diagnosis and was non-invasive.  I have always gotten my annual mammogram and attribute the early diagnosis to the routine screening.    

This past February, my mammogram showed something suspicious and after an ultrasound, the radiologist recommended an MRI, which was then followed by a biopsy.  

Diagnosis - a second cancer.  My risk of getting cancer again after my previous treatments was 6%!!  I met with a genetic counselor and had the genetic testing, which fortunately for my sister and I was negative. 

Again, it was an early diagnosis and was non-invasive; however, due to the previous radiation treatments I received 11 years ago, I was told that a mastectomy was my only treatment option.  I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction which took place this past April.  I am currently undergoing reconstruction and hope to have my exchange surgery in December.  I don't require any further treatment but will need to have one additional surgery next spring to complete the process.  I am thankful to our lawmakers that mandate our insurance companies to cover 100% of the cost of the surgery, including the reconstruction, giving women the choice of how they want their bodies to look when the journey is over. 

I am grateful to my family and friends for their love, caring and support through this process.  I couldn't have made it through my recovery without them.   I believe being healthy and active has contributed to my healing physically and emotionally and I am looking forward to the completion of my reconstruction and returning to my normal lifestyle.  I am proud to be a cancer survivor not once, but twice.” Christine Gilroy

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