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Congratulations to our 2015 Co-Survivor Award Recipients: Stephanie Caudle, Sandy Harmon, Ken Hodge and Shawn Williamson!
Great-West Financial and Susan G. Komen® Colorado are proud to honor these individuals with this well-deserved recognition.
No one should face breast cancer alone. Co-survivors play a vital role in helping people with breast cancer, whether they are recently diagnosed or have already completed treatment. Co-survivors can be friends, spouses, family members, co-workers or neighbors who do any number of things, large and small, to assist people dealing with breast cancer.
Through the Co-Survivor Award, Komen Colorado and Great-West Financial recognize that co-survivors are critical to the quality of life patients experience immediately after diagnosis, while undergoing treatment and well into survivorship.
We look forward to honoring our Co-Survivor award recipients at the Race for the Cure Survivor Ceremony September 27th! Below are their stories.
Meg Lewis was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2007 at the early age of 34 after recently moving to Colorado to be closer to her sister, Stephanie. Now Meg needed her sister more than ever. Stephanie became her rock and warrior while the chemo went through her veins. Stephanie set-up a CarePage for family and friends who were not near to support Meg. Nine months later Meg was cancer free! Every year Meg and Stephanie walk Race for the Cure to celebrate Meg’s transition from cancer patient to a cancer survivor.
Frank Harmon has gone through stage 3 breast cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma! The person who has helped Frank all along the way has been his wife, Sandy. She supported Frank throughout his entire cancer treatment. Sandy never missed a moment to be by her husband’s side and provide encouragement and a smile when Frank needed her. In Frank’s nomination of Sandy, he stated that not enough time is spent recognizing Co-Survivors and he was grateful to recognize his wife in this special way.
Karen Hodge was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, and in the same month, she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her pancreas. During that time, Karen lost a week of her life in a coma. Her husband was right by her side every step of the way. At several events, Ken is the only male in the room, but appreciates the opportunity to share the critical role Co-Survivors play. Moreover, he never complains about wearing pink! Ken and Karen attend many Komen Colorado events around the state to support others and the organization.
Lynne, mother of three boys, was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2010. Her husband, Shawn, told her, “We will deal with this no matter what the results are.” Lynne was grateful for her husband’s role in her recovery as she said he made her feel safe. Shawn wanted to support her by raising awareness and funds to give back to the “community” that supported them in a time of need. So to give back, they developed “Bats for the Cure,” a baseball tournament supported by the Thunder Baseball League and as a result, have raised over $50,000 over the past four years for Komen Colorado.