PLATTSBURGH Libby Goller of Champlain and Bonnie Berry of Plattsburgh each know the fear and anguish that comes with a diagnosis of cancer.
Both women were diagnosed with breast cancer right around the same time, some 12-13 years ago. Both are survivors; both are dedicated to helping other women cope with the disease.
And both Goller and Berry are participants in the Komen Albany Race for the Cure on Oct. 6. In fact Goller is the team captain of the Treasure Chests of the FitzPatrick Cancer Center. It is Gollers third year as an event participant.
Goller, twice a breast cancer survivor and a kidney cancer survivor, says it is important to her to be able to participate.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the result of a promise made by a sister to a woman dying of cancer. Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has become a global breast cancer movement dedicated not only to finding a cure but to helping women at every stage from causes, cures, and the pain and anxiety felt during every step of the battle.
It is important to note that 75% of all donations will remain in the Northeastern Affiliate of the Komen for the Cure Foundation.
Ultimately the bottom line is finding a cure, Goller said.
She is also an active member of the Reach to Recovery volunteers program.
It was Peg Myers (fellow member of the Treasure Chests) who reached out to me when I was first diagnosed, said Goller.
Libby was my Reach for Recovery, said Berry.
And it is Libby who organizes the Reach for Recovery calls.
It has become a mission for both Goller and Berry and their teammates alike to alert as many women as possible to the importance of getting that yearly mammogram and self-exams too.