As someone whose sweet mama was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 40, stories about others struggling with the same battle are very near and dear to my heart.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose of focusing on this disease all month long is to help those at risk be aware and help them possibly detect breast cancer sooner.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation encourages women to download their free symptoms guide, share their stories and more all month long.
One football team from Colorado Springs is showing their true colors this month in full support of one very special woman.
Marlys Hawthorne is a wife and mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. “After a double mastectomy and treatment to prevent its reoccurrence we were able to take a deep breath exactly one year later as I was placed in NED (no evidence of disease),” Hawthorne wrote on the Wardogs football team website.
But even with great odds and a less than 10% chance of the cancer returning, Hawthorne found herself once again battling this disease.
This family “bleeds Wardogs,” Hawthrone wrote. The Wardogs are a Pop Warner football team in Colorado Springs.
Hawthorne’s son, Asher, loves football and all she ever wanted was to see him play a high school game.
At only 27 years old, this wife and mother-of-three decided to stop her cancer treatment and live life to the fullest until the end.
“It just means I am going to choose to live like my miracle is coming,” Hawthorne wrote on Facebook. “And if it doesn’t… ‘He is still Good.’”
In Hawthorne’s case, this meant watching Asher play at a high school football game, lights and all. Her dream became a reality on Saturday, Oct. 13 when the Wardogs played a game at Vista Ridge High School.
The Wardogs, cheerleaders, the crowd and even the opposing Monument Blizzard team wore pink socks, hair bows and other pink items in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“My mama heart is so full knowing that my children will forever be surrounded by these people long after I am gone,” Hawthorne wrote on the Wardogs website. “I hope you all take time in your lives to be a part of something so much bigger than yourselves!”
She is a true picture of strength as are all the women who fight against breast cancer. Our prayers are with this family and their favorite football team. Go Wardogs!
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