ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – This time last year, a sea of pink could be seen at River’s Edge Sports Complex in Roanoke for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. While this year’s event has shifted to a virtual race, Amy Henry shares her cancer story, experience with Race for the Cure, and commitment to the cause.
In 2018 Henry went for her annual mammogram after her NICU coworker Tracy Bishop was diagnosed with breast cancer. Henry had gone to her other annual visits and almost didn’t schedule an appointment, however, with her friend facing the reality of a breast cancer diagnosis she was encouraged to move forward with the appointment.
“It was a very cool and cloudy kind of depressing day and I just didn’t want to go; you know with Tracy being recently diagnosed I just, it was just a gut feeling… I had no symptoms but I was dreading that appointment.”Amy Henry, 20 month Cancer Survivor
Amy’s gut feeling was validated. She had early-stage cancer in multiple parts of her breasts, a diagnosis that she kept between only she and her husband for a month.
“I finished up work on December 26th of 2018. I didn’t tell anyone at work. I just disappeared. I couldn’t work and keep it together. I had to separate the two. I couldn’t do my job if people were asking me how I am because you know when someone asks you ‘how are you?’ You just burst into tears but as long as no one asks you you can hold your life together… so I opted not to tell people upfront at work.”Amy Henry, 20 month Cancer Survivor
After receiving a double mastectomy, Henry returned to work where she was met with an outpouring of support.
“With Tracy and I both being diagnosed close together, we had this very young nurse who is full of energy, her name is Catherine and she kind of spearheaded the whole Susan Komen team and we got together and we came up with our logo, team NICU, the pink the proud, kind of a playoff the Marines.”Amy Henry, 20 month Cancer Survivor
Henry remembers the race like it was yesterday. She says Rachel Platten’s Fight song was the push she needed as she rounded the corner towards the finish line. An accomplishment she wants others to experience, even socially distanced.
“It was just such a moment for me in my life last year at that race that I want other women to be able to experience that and to keep this moving forward you have got to be supportive even if it looks different. Maybe it’s not quite as celebratory, but we’re still going to do it. I’m going to be out there on the 12th running my 5K.”Amy Henry, 20 month Cancer Survivor
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure may look different this year, but the cause remains the same, raising money for Breast Cancer awareness and research.
The event will take place via a virtual setting this Saturday, Sept. 12. It begins at 9 a.m. with all registered participants receiving a race packet which includes a t-shirt and a race bib.
Those interested in participating can visit the Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge website by clicking here.
A total of $158,000 has been raised thusfar with a goal being $200,000.
WFXR News is a proud sponsor of this event.
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