Six years ago, I sat at the kitchen table in my childhood home, waiting for the phone to ring.  It was a call that needed to be answered.  It was a call nobody wanted to answer.  It was the call that told my mom she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  And even though only 3 mammograms out of 1,000 will result in a breast cancer diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society, don’t let fear stand in the way of making an appointment. Odds are already in your favor, but early detection increases the chances of surviving breast cancer to about 93 percent.

Even though it’s not October yet, it’s never to early to help in the fight against breast cancer. Sunday, September 29, is the 6th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Falls Park in Sioux Falls.  Registration will begin at 7am with a survivor ceremony at 8:45am.  The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K starts at 9am and the Susan G.  Komen 1 Mile Fun Walk will start at 9:30am.  There will also be an expo and music from Sugar Daddy after the race.

To register for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, go to


Since that tear-filled phone call from the doctors, my mom has went through so much. But, I’m proud and happy to say that my mom is a fighter and more importantly, a survivor.  Love you Mom!