Our Making Strides event is all about making an impact and walking for a world without breast cancer. Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone has been touched by cancer in some way.
Shelby Coriaty’s cancer journey began when she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer just a few months after her 40th birthday.
“I didn't think we had a family history of breast cancer so my diagnosis really blind-sided me,” said Shelby.
For five years, Shelby battled the disease and underwent 18 surgeries. During that time, her sister and mother were both diagnosed with breast cancer, and they found out they all carry the BRCA gene, which increases an individual’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Today, Shelby is cancer-free and it’s her mission to help others learn the importance of early detection.
“If I can help one person avoid all of the things that I went through, then it was all worth it,” she said.
At Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Shelby feels empowered to make a difference. She has participated since 2008, and led fundraising efforts that have generated more than $35,000 for the fight against breast cancer.
“I am inspired by all the people that come out and raise money to make a difference, so our children and our grandchildren and our great grandchildren hopefully don't have to go through the things that we've had to endure,” said Shelby.
Shelby knows the potential that all those dollars she and her team raise have on the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives from breast cancer - like helping fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, providing free information and services to women fighting the disease, and ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them.
As a 2011 participant, we hope you are hooked on fighting back against breast cancer. Register today and set your sights on becoming a Pacesetter in 2012!
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