The Faces of Breast Cancer

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Susan G. Komen of Northwest North Carolina's Faces of Breast Cancer met Tuesday evening. The group of cancer survivors, family members and ambassadors for women across the Triad meet once a month to discuss more ways of helping more women fight cancer and get checked.

I would have never known I had breast cancer if I hadn’t had a mammogram," said one-year survivor Roxie Laudenslager. After fighting cancer, she's now fighting for more women in her community of Alamance County. "There are resources out there sometimes people are reluctant to go after those and I look at that as our opportunity," she said. "We are ambassadors and can say go get it."

Raising money is getting harder to do. With so many races held today, donations and support are down, but not keeping this group from slowing down.

The group knows first-hand the impact money raised, through events like Race for the Cure scheduled for Sept. 26, can have on many people throughout the Triad. Fourteen women battling cancer at Cone Health were directly helped recently thanks to money raised from the race, according to organizers. 75 percent of the money raised will stay in the Triad with 25 percent going for research and discovering new treatments.

Treatments discovered through money raised are helping Kelly Cason, of Forsyth County, fight cancer.

“Without that type of treatment I would not be here,” said Cason, who was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few years ago at the age of 31. "The earlier you find it the better chance you have to get ahold of it because cancer is so aggressive."

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