Breast Cancer survivor nominated to carry the torch at 2011 summer Olympics
Aug 3, 2011
Breast cancer survivor Sara Bossom, 52, was recently nominated to carry the torch at the 2011 Summer Olympics in London, by Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the Salisbury Journal reports.
Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Bossom has raised over $11,000 by way of bake sales, car washes, pink dinners and even holding fundraisers at her children's schools.
"I was a nurse so I knew a lot about cancer but, once you've had it yourself and seen the devastating effect it has on your life, it became even more important to raise money and I feel very passionate about it," Bossom told the news outlet.
As for carrying the Olympic torch, Bossom said her selection came as a shock. "I was thrilled when I was told. Even if I don’t get through I’m delighted to have been nominated," Bossom told the news source.
In 2010, there were over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., according to BreastCancer.org. By putting a breast cancer survivor in the spotlight, it can help others understand that their donations to the cause can make a difference.