As part of Patch's recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have been running a series of stories on the topic. Today, we invite you to share the name of someone you think we should keep in our thoughts.
A simple search of the web will turn up the names of hundreds of famous women and men who have battled breast cancer. Wikipedia actually has a massive list of celebrities who have survived breast cancer and are still alive; who have survived breast cancer and died from other causes; or have died as a result of having breast cancer.
The list includes famous Missourians such as Sheryl Crow, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and former northwest Missouri Democratic Congresswoman Pat Danner, who declined to run for reelection in 2000 because she was being treated for the disease.
It includes Shirley Temple Black, who, it is said, was the first famous person to publicly announce her breast cancer diagnosis in 1973.
The point of this article is not to simply highlight the famous people. We hope you'll share the names of people in the comments below, or a brief word about them, to help us remember people who have survived or have lost their fight with breast cancer—a small tribute, if you will.
Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment; you just have to be willing to take it. —Emily Hollenberg