Jessica Henderson – 2016 Ambassador

City: Kokomo, IN
Age: 64
Date of diagnosis: 1994
Diagnosis: Triple Negative

Jessica is an assistant professor at IU Kokomo. She is a big proponent of education and has served as an advocate reviewer for the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the AVON community grant review program, and last year, she served for the first time as a grant reviewer for Komen Central Indiana. Her best friends and biggest supporters through her breast cancer journey have been her mother, son and sister.

At age 42, Jessica was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and chose to have a double mastectomy. While she would not wish breast cancer on anyone, through it all she has met some wonderful people and has had some amazing experiences. Starting just five months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she participated in the Race for the Cure in Portland, Oregon, where she lived at the time. Cheering for her at the finish line was her husband and son. She completed seven more Race for the Cures in Portland and has continued these past three years when she moved to central Indiana. Jessica even brought her IU Kokomo students to the Race and they served as “I am the Cure” volunteers. The Pink Parade of Survivors is Jessica’s favorite part of the Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure.

Jessica’s takeaway message for others: “In April 2016, it will be 22 years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. A routine mammogram found the 1 cm tumor, and it could not be felt. For this reason, I believe that I benefitted from early detection. I have also benefitted from the incredible support given to all survivors at the Race for the Cure.”