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Joining the Fight

by Erica Bauwens
This will be my third year working on our annual breast cancer feature. In that time, I’ve had the honor to meet survivors and local women of this terrible disease and also got to learn about the technology in our area that is quite literally saving lives. This year, we decided to introduce you to some of the medical professionals dedicating their own lives to helping their neighbors kick breast cancer, all with the hopes of eventually finding a cure.

One of the women I spoke with in my tenure was Heather Hirst, a Glassboro mother and wife who was living with metastatic breast cancer when we spoke in October 2014. Heather told me, “It’s hard for me in October, especially because I’m metastatic, to see everything shrunk down into one month. Because it’s 365 days a year for me.”

Heather lost her fight with cancer in September 2015, but her words have stuck with me since the day we spoke, and while we at Suburban Family make it a point to preserve part of our magazine every October for those living with the reality of breast cancer, I feel lucky to have learned more about the experts in our area who are dedicating their 365 days a year to ending cancer once and for all.

From Our Home to Yours,
Erica Bauwens
Managing Editor, Suburban Family Magazine

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (October, 2016).
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