While 2020 has been particularly difficult for many of us, Rebecca Melendez’s has been uniquely so. This year marked the tenth anniversary of her mother’s passing from breast cancer. That, combined with turning 35, “flicked a switch” within Rebecca that has set the course for much of her year. BRCA positive herself, Rebecca’s health reality consists of check ups (mammograms and MRI’s) every sixth months.

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Patrice Shelton Survivor since 2016First year walking: 2019 What is getting you through this time right now? I am blessed to have a large network of close family and friends; we all continue to check in with each other pretty frequently.  Although we aren’t able to connect in person, it is so helpful to continue to…

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As a Zumba instructor, Jocelyn Godwin is well adjusted to performing in front of people. Nevertheless, she was terrified to strut down the runway at the Runway Show 2019: “I was scared sh**less” she laughingly exclaims. Today she is so grateful she worked up the courage, calling the event humbling, purposeful and up-lifting. In the end, she felt immeasurable honor to be apart of something so special and to inspire others to give to this cause.

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Here at Runway we have been pausing, reflecting and listening. We know today is a day of amplifying those voices around us who, silenced for so long, deserve to be heard. We will continue to #saytheirnames: George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbrey and so many more.

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Kelly Benson Last surgery in Oct. 2019First year walking: 2018 What’s getting her through this time: Routine! Routine that must include physical exercise of some sort- from virtual Zumba classes to outside play for the children and even googling “kid workouts”! Getting outside as much as possible including biking, hiking and and walks. Zooming with friends…

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My Doan Survivor since 2010First year walking: 2010 Favorite Quote: “Nothing is OK. So it’s OK” & “This too shall pass.”  What’s getting her through this time: My saint of a husband! We’re both still working full-time while managing the TLC of our girls (soon to be 3 year old and 18 month old). Without…

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A mental health therapist and life coach, Sarah Gean is adept at delivering and working through difficult news. When it came to telling her own children about her breast cancer diagnosis however, Sarah was at a loss.

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