Who Am I Cheering For?

I’m cheering for the researchers who are helping to change the one in nine diagnoses into remissions.

– Hana

Hi I’m Hana- you may know me from the Cheer Evolution and Cheer for the Cure registration desks! I thought I would get this season kickstarted by telling you all my story about who I am cheering for.

I first heard of breast cancer when I was six or seven years old.  My best friend Nicole’s mother was diagnosed with it.  She used to lace my skates for me before taking Nicole and I to figure skating practice, and then I would complain about itchy feet that I couldn’t scratch all the way to the ice rink.  Unfortunately she passed away later that year, and while I don’t remember much, I do remember the sadness of the loss.

Flash forward a few years and Nicole and I had taken up rhythmic gymnastics.  We quickly made our “best gym friend,” Stephanie.  The three of us would carpool to the gym 4 times a week, singing Lou Bega at the top of our lungs.  I don’t really remember how old we were, between the ages of 10 and 13, when Stephanie’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I remember the three of us sitting in the back of the car, just talking, when someone brought up a statistic that one in three women will get breast cancer.  With the Internet and research skills I now know that this statistic was incorrect, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that one in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime.  Either way, the statistic was scary then and still is now, and the three of us debated about which one of us would be the one to get breast cancer.  That car ride left me afraid of cancer, making it one of my top three fears in between ghosts and deep space.  Stephanie’s mother lost her battle with breast cancer after we had all quit gymnastics.

So, you may ask, who am I cheering for?  I’m cheering for the researchers who are helping to change the one in nine diagnoses into remissions.  I hope that breast cancer research can uncover a cure so that friends and families do not have to be separated from their loved ones.  I also hope that breast cancer can be cured so that little girls do not have to fear it, so that they can go back to being afraid of monsters and witches along with ghosts and deep space.

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