Volunteer Spotlight: Sally Roetker

sally-1Sally Roetker was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 2001. She walked in the Wabash Valley Race for the Cure for the first time a year after her initial round of treatments, and started volunteering with us shortly after.

Sally has touched almost every aspect of the Wabash Valley Race for the Cure: securing event sponsors for six years, serving as the Race treasurer, the 2015 Race Chair, and working on administrative tasks in the office leading up to the event day. Beyond Race, Sally has served on the Komen board of directors and was the president of the board.

She did all this while taking care of two young daughters, working a full-time job and battling breast cancer, which metastasized in 2006.

Although it hasn’t been easy to balance her active lifestyle with her diagnosis and treatment, Sally says she is fueled by her belief in the Komen mission.

“I believe in what Komen does at the community level, but I especially believe in what Komen is doing to advance research,” Sally said. “As a patient, I’ve benefited from amazing drugs that were developed using Komen funding. If these drugs didn’t exist, I wouldn’t be alive.”

Sally says it’s this determination to advance treatments and find the cures that motivated her to continue volunteering, even when she was physically and emotionally exhausted.

This year, Sally has stepped down from a volunteer leadership role because of the side effects from her treatments, but she will still be at the October 8 Race for the Cure in Terre Haute as a participant. Her 18-year-old daughter Becca has also stepped up in recent years, following in her mom’s footsteps as a dedicated Race volunteer.

From the whole Komen Central Indiana family, thank you for your contributions! You truly make a difference.