Stamp Out Breast Cancer

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2009 at 11:49 PM EDT

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be coming to a close..

But the American Cancer Society says, about 16-thousand more women will be diagnosed with the disease before the end of the year.

As Action New Reporter Natalie Jenereski tells us, the end of the month shouldn't mean the end of awareness.

Theresa Rose Kremenec lost her battle against breast cancer 2 years ago.

She was 47-years-old, and fought hard for 9 years.

She left behind 3 children, 2 of them are girls, who may have to fight the same battle in the future.

"It's hard. She passed away 2 years ago, so it's still really fresh and now I have a daughter, so it makes you worry," said daughter Angela Gonzalez.

Her children say Theresa was lucky to have health insurance.

This Stamp Out Breast Cancer event helps support for those fighting the disease.

A day full of scrapbooking, silent auctions, and food to raise money to find a cure.

"It's definitely an awareness thing, for particularly her girls, and just encouraging everyone to do mammograms or self-exams," said Organizer Tanya Walker.

The American Cancer Society says 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some time in their life.

It is currently the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

"It's just scary all around knowing so many people that it happens to, or that it could happen to even me," said Walker.

"It touches everybody in a different way. Everybody has somebody that they know, and this is just some way that we're trying to do our part, and get help for it, and it's just a different way to reach out to people," said Gonzalez.

"It's frightening, and it's sad because it happens to women of all ages," said Walker.

But early detection often can be the first line of defense.

Theresa's family says her spirit will live on through events like this..

And hopefully inspire others to find strength in their struggle with cancer.

In Endicott, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.

The 4th annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event was held at the Elks Club in Endicott.

It raised more than 22-hundred dollars and all the money benefits The American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer research.

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