To some, it is more than just a race. It is more than just a fundraiser. It is more than just a fun morning filled with crazy pink outfits. That’s me – I am part of that some. While I have always supported the Northwest Ohio Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, I have not always made the reason why public. I am a survivor, one of thousands in the local community that has been blessed by the funds generated from this tremendous event.
Thirteen years ago, I was one of the statistics. I cannot say I was surprised as I had watched both my mother and grandmother battle the disease. Discovering my breast cancer in an early stage and being protected with ample insurance, I believed that many factors were on my side. I never thought why me, but said why not me?
Genetic testing was extremely important to me, I have a sister, daughter and cousins that could benefit from this important information. Although genetic testing comes at a very steep cost the results are invaluable, however, insurance denied my request for coverage. Together, my husband and I decided to proceed no matter the price, so I set up a payment plan and took the test. During a follow up with my surgeon she saw that I had proceeded with the test. I casually said that yes, I wanted the information, even though insurance denied me. She immediately requested a copy of the bill and the balance. My doctor was a member of the Komen Board – the remaining balance was paid in full.
I was lucky enough to have good care and insurance and it still was not enough to receive the test. Just think of so many others who don’t have insurance or who are faced with hefty co-pays. In a year of shut down and stay home, this organization has had to adapt to continue being a source of strength for many. This year there will not be large crowds and spectators lined up. This is where we all need to step up and step in! If you would like to join me in your support, I think you will be satisfied in knowing that the need is great.