2015 Komen Ambassadors

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These women represent some of the different faces of breast cancer here in Central Indiana, and they are all working individually and collectively to spread the importance of knowing your body and advocating for your health. Read on to find out more about each of this year’s Ambassadors.

 

Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker
City:
Indianapolis, IN
Age: 38
Date of diagnosis: April 2012
Diagnosis: Stage II, PR+/ER+/HER2+
Takeaway message: “Breast cancer is life changing in many ways. I am taking the positives from my experiences and using it to educate others. I want to see a day where no one has to go through cytotoxic chemotherapy.”
Read Jessica’s Story.

 

Becky Bechtel

Becky Bechtel
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Age: 57
Date of diagnosis: December 22, 2010
Diagnosis: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage 1, ER/PR +, HER2
Takeaway message: “A breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Rather, it is an opportunity to embrace the gift of having your life shaken up like a kaleidoscope for the purpose of seeing the ‘colors of life’ in a completely different way.”
Read Becky’s Story.

 

Suzy Faulkner

Suzy Faulkner
City: Whiteland, Indiana
Age:  69
Date of diagnosis: December 1998
Diagnosis: Terminal Stage 4 Bone Metastasis
Takeaway message: 
“Attitude gets you through along with prayer and lots of love!”

 Read Suzy’s Story.

 

Kerri FaulknerKerri Faulkner
Co-survivor – Daughter of Suzy Faulkner
City: Edinburgh, Indiana
Age: 43
Takeaway message: “Each day is a gift, nothing is a guarantee. Prayer is a powerful thing. Good can come from something bad.”

Read Kerri’s Story.

 

Erin GreenwaldErin Greenwald
City: Carmel, Indiana
Age:  39
Date of diagnosis: 2012
Diagnosis: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Positive, Stage 3
Takeaway message: “The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.”
Read Erin’s Story.

 

 

Missy Boyter GunnelsMissy Boyter Gunnels
City: Westfield, Indiana
Age: 45
Date of diagnosis: 2013
Diagnosis: Ductal Carcinoma In-situ
Takeaway message: “I think the greater message is for everyone, regardless of their situation in life, to understand and realize how much they should cherish all of those that make this life such a joy to live, such as my friends, my colleagues and my family.”
Read Missy’s Story.

 

Adrienne HarlowAdrienne Harlow
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Age: 26
Date of diagnosis: February 2008
Diagnosis: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma ER/PR positive HER2 negative
Takeaway message: “It doesn’t matter what age, race or gender you are. Anyone can get breast cancer. I want people to know that young survivors are out here, and our voices want to be heard.”
Read Adrienne’s Story.

 

Kim IrishKim Irish
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Age: 45
Date of diagnosis: May 10, 2013
Diagnosis: Stage II Ductal Carcinoma
Takeaway message: “The everyday relationships that you might take for granted become so shiny, bright and special. I knew I had a great marriage and husband before my cancer, now I have a whole new respect for our relationship and the partner my husband is to me.”
Read Kim’s Story.

 

Megan KenyonMegan Kenyon
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Age: 31
Date of diagnosis: 2012
Diagnosis: Stage 4 Her 2+
Takeaway message: “Cancer is just as much a mental disease as it is a physical disease. Choose to be present, be aware and be at peace. Allow yourself to go through all of the emotions.”
Read Megan’s Story.

 

Joy Neely CroppedJoy Neely
City: McCordsville, Indiana
Age: 37
Date of diagnosis: March, 2014
Diagnosis: ER+, PR+, Her2-, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Grade 1, Stage 1
Takeaway message: “Everything does happen for a reason.  I have learned so many valuable life lessons over the last year as a result of going through breast cancer.  I count this experience as a blessing.”
Read Joy’s Story.

 

Sonya PaulSonya S. Paul
City: Muncie, Indiana
Age: 53
Date of diagnosis: 2014
Diagnosis: 3 malignant tumors: ductal-carcinoma, Stage 1, Estrogen driven
Takeaway message: “The diagnosis revealed to me in a deeper more meaningful way, what women experience as a breast cancer patient.”
Read Sonya’s Story.

 

 

Nicole RichardsNicole Richards
City: Greenwood, Indiana
Age: 32
Date of diagnosis: October 25, 2013
Diagnosis: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Takeaway message:  “I have learned that life is a gift. Don’t take a single day for granted. As horrible as today may be, tomorrow will be better.” 

Read Nicole’s Story.

 

 

Jennifer SpeesJennifer Spees
City: Martinsville, Indiana
Age: 46
Date of diagnosis: 2013
Diagnosis: Ductal Carcinoma Invasive
Takeaway message: “I appreciate all the little things more, and thank God daily for another chance.”
Read Jennifer’s Story.

 

 

Elizabeth “Liz” Van NoyElizabeth “Liz” Van Noy
City: Bargersville, Indiana
Age: 75
Date of diagnosis: August 2005
Diagnosis: Estrogen and Herceptin Positive
Takeaway message: “My takeaway message is to educate both males and females about breast self-exam and routine mammograms.”
Read Liz’s Story.

 

 

Barbara WalkerBarbara Walker
City: Indianapolis, IN
Age: 58
Date of diagnosis: 2002
Takeaway message: “You are your own best advocate because no one knows your body better than you do. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get information, because that is the best source of your power and control over your medical well-being.”
Read Barbara’s Story.

 

 

Clarissa WestClarissa West
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Age: 36
Date of diagnosis: October 24, 2012
Diagnosis: Stage 1 Invasive Lobular Cancer, Grade 2 ER/PR positive
Takeaway message: “You have an army of angels watching over you to guide you through this journey. Don’t let cancer define you, fight it with every ounce of your being!”
Read Clarissa’s Story.

 

Carol YorkCarol York
City: Hillsboro, Indiana
Age: 61
Date of diagnosis: 2005
Diagnosis: Stage 1
Takeaway message: “Have your mammograms. I am living proof that early detection saves lives. My mammogram found it before it was a lump. So very, very lucky!”
Read Carol’s Story. 

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