Name: Amy Lynn
Title: Daytime Tricities co-host
BigWig Fun Fact: My biggest fear is not a spider or a snake, it is a plant. I do not like, in fact I can not handle, plants with long, sprawling vines – and don’t get me started on kudzu and corn fields!
Fundraising Goal: 2,000
Why are you participating?
My experience with breast cancer started before breast cancer was really talked about in our communities. It was back in 1992 when I was in college. It was before all of the “pink power” associated with the month of October really began. We had a dear family friend who was diagnosed with cancer. At that time, I do not even remember knowing what type of cancer it was. It was just cancer. I had grown up with her three kids who are all younger than me. She fought hard, she had so much to live for. She loved her children so very much and like all moms, wanted to see them graduate, get married and have families. She never got that luxury. She died following a courageous fight. I would learn later, it was breast cancer.
More recently, I watched as my sister-in- law and another dear friend fought the same fight. There were surgeries, chemo sessions, radiation, wigs, and a lot of pain. They fought with such courage and grace, but it was an ugly, brutal fight. I am thrilled to say, they are now survivors!
I am so grateful for the advancements in medicine and research that is helping so many women survive this terrible disease. I often wonder if our family friend would still be with us, if she would’ve been diagnosed in today’s world.
I am truly amazed by the strength and courage of all of the women who have had to travel down this road. I have watched as they have selflessly reached out to other women now facing the same battle, seeing them encourage and support. It is the bond of a stranger that becomes the best friend.
I believe the money we are raising is making a difference. It is helping women survive. It is leading us closer to a cure! I want to do my part in memory of those who have lost their battle, in honor of those who have survived, and in support of those yet to be diagnosed.