Making Strides for Her Grandkids
Patricia Green walks for a world with more birthdays
Syracuse, NY – October 10,2012 – Having six grandchildren can keep anyone occupied, from school functions to carpools to sporting events. For Patricia Green of Syracuse, NY, six grandchildren meant six reasons to overcome cancer. Nine years later, Green walks proudly as a survivor in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event with her family by her side.
In September 2002 Patricia called her doctors after she found a lump during a routine breast self-exam. Her fears were realized, Patricia was diagnosed her with breast cancer. “I was devastated,” she said. “I was in shock when they came in the room to tell me. My focus was my grandsons, because I wanted to see them grow up and graduate.”
Through chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries, counseling and support groups, Green admitted that the journey was difficult but thanks to support she was able to maintain a feeling of hope. Green’s treatment was challenging and a mental struggle to begin each new phase. Though it wasn’t easy, she knew that fighting back meant more football and basketball games with her grandchildren, and more time to see them grow.
Nine years later, and cancer free, Green is proud to call herself a cancer survivor. She is incredibly thankful for the help she had along the way, from support groups to coworkers, family members to the American Cancer Society.
“The American Cancer Society played an incredible role,” said Green. “They helped me with my transportation and support. And through Making Strides Against Breast cancer, they help me fight back and give back.”
Green is also an active member of the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program. Reach to Recovery is a volunteer program that pairs newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, those who are facing a potential breast cancer diagnosis and their families with a breast cancer survivor to provide them with the support and information they need to cope and fight back.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.