Susan G. Komen hosts drive thru parade for local breast cancer survivors

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)—Susan G. Komen Central Indiana honored breast cancer survivors with a drive thru “Day of Hope” parade Saturday at the Meadows Shopping Center.

Tawnya Sheffield is a seven year breast cancer survivor. She and 16 of her relatives have gone through their own battles with breast cancer.

She said programs like Susan G. Komen saved her life.

“It’s near and dear to my heart. They raise money for mammograms and things like that for folks that don’t have insurance. I seven years ago was one of those folks who needed to use those funds to get my mammogram, which saved my live.”

She said she’s grateful to have made it through to recovery.

“Not many of us survived but I am super excited that I am a survivor. It’s important to get out and raise money and do what you need to do for the folks in your community to help people find a cure for this nasty disease.  “

The parade is leading up to the organization’s annual More Than Pink Walk. However due to the pandemic, this year’s walk on October 10th will be virtual.

Lori Mitchell, community manager for Susan G. Komen Central Indiana said it’s all about raising awareness.

“We need to continue raising money for research. We have seven researchers here in the state of Indiana so a lot of the money stays local for research to help find a cure. “

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