Hundreds to run for their lives and Walk for Life

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — “I am a 10 year survivor,” says Lisa Helfer A decade ago, life changed for Lisa Helfer after a routine visit to the doctor’s office threw her a curve ball. “I followed the national recommendations for screening and went for a mammogram and was very surprised when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40,” says Helfer. She was left with a lot of questions. “You know it’s really scary when you are first diagnosed and I wasn’t sure that I was going to live that long,” says Helfer. But she has and she’s proud of it. “To have lived 10 years is a big deal to me,” says Helfer. We caught up with Lisa at the Isabel Law breakfast that benefits the Palmetto Health Breast Center and the Bosom Buddies project, Friday morning. “I’m so happy to be here and share all of my blessings with everyone,” says Helfer And she isn’t stopping there, this year Lisa will be the featured survivor for Palmetto Health’s Walk for Life/5k Run for Life. “This was my way of giving back, I guess,” says Helfer. Hundreds will join Lisa Saturday morning to walk and run for their lives, literally. Lisa says, although the run is great for awareness there is a vital message every woman needs to hear. “You have to get screened,” says Helfer. She warns that you can’t let the demands of life, get in the way. “Unfortunately, I think that life has gotten really busy for everyone and women are so busy, they care for others because that’s our role and a lot of time they neglect themselves,” says Helfer. Like Lisa says, at the end of the day there are others depending on you. “It only takes twenty minutes to have your mammogram and make the annual appointment, it’s one time a year and there’s just no reason not to do that for yourself and your family,” says Helfer. If you would like to participate in Palmetto Health’s Walk for Life/5K Run for Life and you have not registered, you can still do so on race day. The event will take place October 1, 2011 at Finlay Park. Opening ceremonies are set to start around 8:00 a.m. Registration will be open at 7:30 a.m. at $35 per person.

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