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HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Karen Rudge's strong will and support from family helped her throw cancer to the curb.
Breast cancer has affected millions of women -- and many of us know someone who has fought it -- whether it is a family member, a friend, or even a co-worker.
Rudge said having a positive attitude is half the battle. She believes having her family and close friends surrounding her helped in the healing process.
"It wasn't beating me, I was going to beat this. And I think it's very important to have a positive attitude because it's so easy to be down and I just think a positive attitude has been one of my biggest helps," Rudge said.
During her treatment, normalcy was key, so she kept working just cut down her hours.The positive attitudes from her kids helped spread the affection of moral support even during the most emotional moments.
Rudge's daughter and son captured the moments along the way, so she can always look back on her journey. They shaved their heads and got tattoos that had the breast cancer emblem to help support their mom.
"She (hairdresser) shaved all of their heads and it was like everybody was a little different, one was a little short with the ribbons out and one was longer with the ribbons in," Rudge said. "My daughter had 16 inches cut off with a ribbon shaved into her head and it was quite emotional."
It's in the candid moments where everyone joins in the fight to tell Karen's cancer to "take a hike."
Karen's advice for other women is take the time to research and fully understand what is going on. She said it is also important to make decisions that work best for you.
BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Hollywood Casino in Bangor has launched its Tito's for Tata's campaign for October. It allows patrons of the casino to donate their "tito's," the ticket-in ticket-out slips, they receive to benefit breast cancer research.
"Everyone that comes in and plays typically gets a Tito ticket which...has the remaining balance of what they were playing. We thought, well, let's give the patrons the option to donate any of the Tito's that they choose to," said Marketing Director Michele Collins with Hollywood Casino.
So far, they have seen success with the campaign. For some employees, raising awareness and educating people about cancer hits close to home. Breast cancer survivor and casino employee Katherine Rajala was first diagnosed in 2008. She said her annual screening detected it early. Rajala has served as the captain for the casino's Race for the Cure team twice.
"Don't think that cancer is always death. If you can catch it early, you have got the best chance ever, ever, ever," she said.
The casino as a whole has raised nearly $35,000 over the last decade to breast cancer research. All the "tito's" donated will go toward the Breast Reconstruction Awareness organization, also known as BRA.
Hollywood Casino is also selling shirts to help benefit the BRA organization. The third annual breast cancer awareness day is Wednesday,
The date for this year's Maine Komen Race for the Cure is Sunday, September 21 on the Bangor Waterfront.
WLBZ 2 will once again be there taking photos of participants with their "buddies." Stop by the WLBZ 2 booth for your photo. We'll post them all on our website.
Since 1997, the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure has worked tirelessly toward the goal of ending breast cancer. The Bangor Race for the Cure is the original Race for Maine!
Raise money, awareness, and support for women (and men) undergoing treatment for breast cancer and for survivors. Many participants walk or run in memory of a loved one who lost their battle with cancer - they are not done with the fight! For much more information about the Race, signup, volunteering, etc, go to Komen Race for the Cure page.
You can also join the Buddy to Buddy team at the Maine Komen Race for the Cure in Bangor on Sunday, September 21.
The annual race and walk will take place on the Bangor waterfront. If you'd like to join our Buddy to Buddy team, visit the Komen Race for the Cure site and make sure you register under the team "Buddy to Buddy." Registration is $25.00.Buddy to Buddy is NEWS CENTER's breast cancer awareness program and is sponsored by Stanley Subaru. Make sure your remind your buddy to get her yearly mammogram.
BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some women with a long family history of cancer have their breasts removed before a diagnosis. A tough decision for many, but it gives them the comfort they have a fighting chance. Bangor Plastic and Hand is spreading awareness that for some woman this is a life saving option and there are ways to reconstruct your body. To spread the word they are hosting the Pink Runway Project fashion show in Bangor to raise awareness and share survivor stories.
Reconstructive surgeon Doctor Heidi Harrington said, "We wanted to have an event that really showcases their survival stories and my patients that have really reclaimed their identity."
One of those models is Mary Brooks, was first diagnosed 15 years ago and was told she had less than a year to live. She lost her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to the disease.
Mary decided to remove her second breast a decision she says gave her control of her life.
Mary said, "What part of this can I control? I can't control the fact that I have to have chemo, that i have to have radiation. I know I have to do the follow-up, but on the second breast let's not worry about that. Let's get that off."Mary will be one of the many models taking part in the first Pink Runway Project Fashion Show. It will take place October 18th at the Cross Insurance Center. Proceeds will be donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coailition and the Breast Reconstruction Awareness organization otherwise known as BRA. There is still a need for sponsors and to make sure you have your ticket to the event you can visit the Pink Runway Project website.
HERMON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A person's battle with breast cancer can be scary, full of unknowns, and at times lonely. A person looks to family and friends for strength but sometimes strength can be found through the community. Karen Economy is a mother of three and a devoted wife, in 2006 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Karen Economy said, "I had to have a couple of surgeries, had to have multiple lymph nodes removed. Then I started chemo and radiation."
It was during her chemotherapy treatment that the Bangor Waterfront was about to become a sea of pink for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
"At the time I was bald and I thought well I'm going to go down and do it. I wore a cute little hat because I had an ugly head," explained Karen.
Karen explained the race gave her a form of strength, watching other survivors proudly take part in the event.
"It was incredibly inspirational and it gave me a lot of drive and determination and strength that I was going to make it through it," said Karen.
It became an annual tradition for Karen, her family, and her friends.
In 2012, Karen once again looked to the race and the group of survivors for strength.
"I was awaiting surgery because I knew I had cancer again in my abdominal cavity. I didn't know quite what it was then until I had surgery, but going that year...again seeing all the support from the community gave me the strength to face whatever it was I had to face," said Karen.
It was breast cancer, again.
Once again, the race gave her the support she needed.
"You find out things about people you never knew, and that people are just like you out there," said Karen.Karen still continues in her battle. She takes medication every day and goes for tests every four weeks.
She will once again participate in the race for the cure this year.The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be Sunday, September 21st on the Bangor Waterfront.
|Here are some photos from our Business After Hours, sponsored by WLBZ2 and Stanley Subaru, held at Jordan's Snack Bar on April 11, 2013.|
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