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Men, women and children laced up their sneakers on Sunday, September 9, 2012 for the 22nd annual Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure.
Komen Greater NYC celebrated survivors on Race Day with a host of special activities, including:
Survivor Race T-Shirt Fashion Show winner Fran Steggles Steward celebrates. © 2012 Michael Ficeto.
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CBS 2 anchor and co-survivor Dana Tyler hosted the 2012 Survivor Program. Speakers included Komen for the Cure Greater NYC Director of Development and survivor Michelle Marquez, survivor and Komen Greater NYC grantee client Alantheia Peñ a, Komen for the Cure Global Ambassador Eric Brinker, and Race Survivor Chair Lisa Vernale Fusco.
The 2012 Survivor of the Year was
Year was Andrea Koster-Crain, whose daughter was honored with the Co-Survivor of the Year Award.
Andrea Koster-Crain was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer at the age of 40. She went into remission after a year of treatment, which included surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Co-Survivor honoree Amanda Crain holds her mother Andrea Koster-Crain’s hand, Survivor honoree, before the awards ceremony. © 2012 Annette Chapman.
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She lived for nine years without illness until, at age 50, she began to experience back pain and spasms so severe that she couldn't get out of bed. After numerous trips to health professionals, an alert breast doctor reviewed her earlier scans and discovered her breast tumor had been growing. The cancer had metastasized.
Tumors were in her spine, hips, pelvis and shoulders. Everyone assumed the worst. But they were wrong. The oncologist ran some tests on the breast tumors and determined Andrea was a good candidate for Herceptin – a breast cancer therapy designed to treat aggressive HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer. A cocktail of Herceptin, chemotherapy and pain management saved her life, and she began the road to recovery.
One Sunday, Andrea had a seizure in front of her daughter. Tests confirmed the unthinkable — the cancer had spread to her brain. She had to undergo gamma knife surgery and radiation therapy to her head. The radiation had terrible side effects. She couldn't eat and lost so much weight she was unrecognizable. Her extreme fatigue resulted in physical pain. Again, she fought hard and got back to something resembling normal life.
Within six months, Andrea was her old self and back at work. She enjoyed good health for almost a year. Then the chemotherapy stopped working. She began a new chemo regimen, but it did not interact well with the Herceptin so that drug was dropped from her treatment regimen.
This has been the pattern ever since her 2006 diagnosis, Andrea does well for a while and then the chemotherapy stops working. The cancer spreads somewhere new and more radiation is required.
Amanda says that her mother is an incredible example of how not to treat a serious cancer diagnosis as a death sentence. Andrea lives everyday life, doing all the things that make her feel normal. In her mind there is no other way to treat cancer.
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