Breast Cancer survivor credits local organization for saving life

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A local mother is thanking a Topeka non-profit for saving her live.

Katy Nelson heard the words no woman wants to hear…you have Breast Cancer.

“I am a mother of four, I am a wife. So it was very scary and I was so young.  I am only 41 now, I am still young.  I shouldn’t have to fight cancer.

She didn’t have insurance and the fees for treatment were too high.

“We couldn’t afford it and people don’t want to help you if you don’t have insurance. There’s not a lot of help out there at that point. I had already decided I wasn’t going to. I was going to let God take its course, it is what it is.”

Through the darkness -Katy learned of financial help options from the Topeka Race Against Breast Cancer and got a key mammogram to help her figure out what was wrong.

“It was just so easy, I mean it was just let me ask you these few questions and let us get you what you need right away, we want to save what we can.”

The Breast Cancer Center at St. Francis Medical Center is partnering with Topeka’s Race Against Breast Cancer to provide the free mammograms.

“We’re very lucky to be a part of that program and allow women to come through our doors and get a screening mammogram every year.  I mean it saves lives, it really does.”

Best known for its annual 5K Topeka’s Race Against Breast Cancer also offers free screenings to women with certain age requirements, family history, and whose household income is 250 percent or below the poverty level.

Katy met the requirements and got treatment.

“I say that I am cancer free for 9 years.  I am Breast Cancer free. The Race Against Breast Cancer, it saved my life, it saved my family.”

A positive ending to a worrisome journey.

One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer over the course of her lifetime.

For more information on Topeka’s Race Against Breast Cancer CLICK HERE


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