May 5, 2004 at 12:51 PM CDT - Updated June 27 at 3:29 AM
Breast cancer survivors are helping women who are newly diagnosed.
Katie Raney is a 41-year-old mother of two who was told three weeks ago she has breast cancer.
"I got the news over the phone. After I got the news, I immediately started crying, but my children were there and I had to stop crying for them and let them know mom is going to be ok," says Katie.
She was strong for her family, but still had fears and questions. That's when she got a call from Peggy Suggs, a breast cancer survivor with the group Reach to Recovery.
"She was there for me and wanted to know what I was going through, what I was feeling, what my kids were feeling, and just ways to cope with that," says Katie.
They met face-to-face today, Peggy bearing gifts to help make Katie's treatment a little easier. Peggy, a four-year survivor, says helping women after getting their diagnosis is important to her, because it's something she never had.
"When I was diagnosed, no one came, which sort of surprised me. So we are trying to make sure no women miss out on that now," explains Peggy.
Even though they just met, both women say they felt an immediate bond, a sisterhood. They both share one common goal, beating breast cancer for good.
Both Peggy and Katie will be walking to find a cure for breast cancer this weekend, at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Tyler. They hope you will join them.
The race kicks off on Saturday morning a Bergfeld park. The one-mile is at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K is at 8:30 a.m. Registration at the park at starts at 6:30 a.m. It's $25.00.