Suzy and Kerri Faulkner – 2015 Ambassadors
Suzy is currently working for Kightlinger $ Grey LLP. She enjoys spending her free time with her dog and grandchildren. Suzy also loves to sew, read and talk. Suzy’s journey with breast cancer has been devastating but also rewarding.
After being diagnosed in 1998 with stage 4 breast cancer and undergoing a series of treatments, Suzy’s cancer is back. On Valentine’s Day 2013 (and nearly 16 years later), she was diagnosed with a re-occurrence of Stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones and is growing on her internal organs. This cancer has no cure, but is treatable. She feels truly blessed and continues to share her story of strength. She lives her life by the motto “I can.” The word can is in cancer, and Suzy says “Can means living in the moment, laughing until your stomach hurts, enjoying each other, having the guts to do something you might not ordinarily do, taking time to do little things and taking time to stop and smell the roses.”
Suzy’s takeaway message for others:
“Attitude gets you through along with prayer and lots of love!”
City: Whiteland, Indiana
Date of diagnosis: December 1998
Diagnosis: Terminal Stage 4 Bone Metastasis
Kerri works for MainSource Bank. She and her husband, Josh, reside in Edinburgh where they enjoy riding their Harley Davidson, taking out their boat, traveling, entertaining friends at their home and spending time with their nieces and nephews.
When Kerri was in her early twenties, her mother, Suzy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Suzy’s cancer returned two years ago. Being a co-survivor is the most difficult job Kerri has ever had. The experience has changed her as a person. She is grateful for every opportunity she is given to tell people why and how it has changed her and her family. It has taught her more about patience, faith, compassion, priorities, love, acceptance, tolerance, humor and strength.
Kerri has been involved with Komen of Central Indiana for many years through volunteering for various Race for the Cure committees with her mom, packet pick-up and other Komen events.
Kerri’s takeaway message for others:
“Each day is a gift, nothing is a guarantee. Prayer is a powerful thing. Good can come from something bad.”
City: Edinburgh, Indiana