Annual tournament takes a swing at breast cancer

Approximately 63 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this week in Oregon, according to the American Cancer Society. 

That is why 10 teams of softball players from Lane County travel to Salem one weekend each summer to join a movement that is taking a swing at cancer.

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By WVCI


Posted October 12, 2016

Forum offers information for navigating work with breast cancer

Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington is hosting a forum on Sat., Oct. 22 at the Eugene Hilton on how to navigate a cancer diagnosis and employment from a survivor's and business/human resources perspective.

This forum is for breast cancer patients, employers, and human resources specialists. 

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Posted October 11, 2016

Katie Burke: A survivor’s story

Katie Burke’s life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. But as a patient navigator at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, she’s proof that life’s detours can take you places you’d never expected.

“I meet with newly diagnosed breast, lung and colorectal patients,” Katie says. “I walk them through the process and connect them with resources, like our social worker, our dietician and support groups. I’m a kind of cheerleader for patients all the way through.”

Katie understands the fear of a cancer diagnosis. After discovering a lump when she was 23, Katie was told she had breast cancer.

“The next thing I knew I was being sent to a medical oncologist, a plastic surgeon, and a genetic counselor,” she says. “I did Herceptin for a year. I had four rounds of chemotherapy, then I ended up having a double mastectomy with reconstruction.”

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Posted October 13, 2015

Breast cancer survivor gains new perspective and learns to laugh again

Tiffany Olson will never think of New Year’s Eve quite the same way.  On Dec. 31, 2014, when her friends and family were preparing to welcome in a new year full of possibilities, Tiffany learned she had breast cancer.

“When my doctor gave me the news, I just stared at him,” she says. “Everyone who knows me knows I’m a talker. But in that moment, I was speechless.”

A week earlier, on Christmas Eve morning, Tiffany was getting into the shower when she felt a lump. The day after Christmas, she went in for an ultrasound, then an MRI a week later.

“When they did the MRI, three radiologists looked at the results and thought it was dense breast tissue, not cancer. So they didn’t think there was anything I needed to worry about.”

But the pathology report confirmed it was cancer and Tiffany, a 45-year-old wife and mother of two, was instantly scared.

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Posted October 13, 2015

Bras for a Cure event supports cancer patients in Lane County

Shirley Lyons and her daughter Toviana Jackson are in the emotion business.

For more than 40 years, the family has owned and operated Dandelions Flowers & Gifts in Eugene.

“We see the births, we see the deaths, we see illness, and we send flowers for those occasions,” Shirley says. “So our work is touching people’s lives during the greatest and most difficult times in their lives.”

Four years ago, the mother-daughter team felt compelled to create an event that would bring awareness to breast cancer and raise money to support patients going through treatment. Borrowing a concept that has been used around the country, Bras for a Cure was born: Invite people to decorate a bra, put the creations on display, and encourage people to donate by voting for their favorites.

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Posted September 15, 2015