Michelle Johnson works at Oregon Family Dental.
"I was diagnosed on November 4, and I had to have a double masectomy," said Johnson.
Her co-workers were shocked but knew she'd find support through them, one of them a cancer survivor herself, Melissa Bain.
Little did the office know but another one of their co-workers, Mindy Moon, would be diagnosed just 3 months after Michelle.
"It's hard to see one of your staff go through it," said office manager Sandy Park, "but two of them go through that journey, it really impacted the office quite deeply."
A river of pink ran through Alton Baker Park Sunday morning for Eugene's fifth Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The Komen race raises money for breast cancer research.
“The money raised today will go to our year long programming. It goes to breast cancer research, early detection, survivor support and advocacy, helping us save lives and end breast cancer forever,” said Thomas Bruner, CEO of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Oregon and southwest Washington.
Three or four times a week, Ceresse Wessel and her daughter Maeghan work out at CrossFit Intensify in Springfield.
They push themselves.
And they enjoy every minute of it.
Last year, they didn't know if any of this was in their future.
Katie Burke was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at age 23, just a few months after she said “I do" to the love of her life.
“It just happens and then suddenly you realize it's not only about treatment. It touches so many parts of your life,” Burke said.
Katie has always been a very determined person, so she chose to face the cancer head-on and have a double mastectomy. Their goal was to get Katie well before starting a family. But chemotherapy put Katie into early menopause, with no guarantee it would reverse itself.
Cancer researchers say taking control of your diet is one of the ways you can control some of the risk factors associated with breast cancer.
Age and gender are the leading risk factors in getting breast cancer, but scientists say there are at least 20 other factors linked to the increased risk of getting the disease.
The positive news is you can control many of them by what you put on your plate.
Every year like clockwork, Will Roth takes part in Race for the Cure.
He blends into the sea of supporters, all there to fight breast cancer.
But look closely at his pink bib number.
Will is a breast cancer survivor.
Registration is now open for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Eugene on Sunday, October 12, 2014.
The fundraising goal for the race is $400,000
You can sign up to start or join a team online.
Early sign up discount available through May 31. Adults can registered for $35 through May 31. After that, registration is $45. Registration the weekend of the race is $50.
Survivors and supporters alike will be filling Autzen Stadium next Sunday (Oct. 12) for the annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.
For many, the race is a way to contribute to breast cancer research in honor of a friend or family member. Race For The Cure groups raise money to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
What should have been a time of joy was overshadowed with worry when a Springfield mom discovered what could have been breast cancer while she was pregnant with her third child.
The 2014 Komen Race for the Cure is Sunday in Eugene.
The event is October 12 at Autzen Stadium and Alton Baker Park.
After watching cancer claim her mother’s life, local music teacher Alisa Kincade said she was devastated when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“The little things mean so much now,” she said. “The best thing about this, I think, was showing strength to my daughters, and they did see. I hope I set an example for them." she said.
Alisa underwent surgery and radiation earlier this year and she's doing great. She said she believes now, more than ever, in the importance of getting regular screenings.
Eric Humphrey played in the Sunset High School band before pursuing the trumpet at the University of Oregon, where he played for the marching band.
The musician was popular with his bandmates.
But it was at Oregon that Eric was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a deadly bone cancer.
The University of Oregon Ducks are donating to breast cancer research, one shirt at a time.
The Ducks will wear uniforms with pink highlights in Thursday's game against Arizona to honor cancer survivors and help raise awareness for the fight against women's cancers, the Oregon Athletics Department said.
Two men from Lane County are covering more ground right now in their fight against cancer.
Gary Hinds and Fred Fort are four days into a month-long journey that will follow the same trail Lewis & Clark forged 210 years ago, but in reverse.