Friends swim together for breast cancer, one diagnosed last year
Aug 3, 2011
For the past 10 years, Rori Knott and Jenny Sewell have been participating in the Beach to Beach Swim for Breast Cancer in Bangor, Maine. But this year, the swim has a different meaning as Sewell was diagnosed with breast cancer last May, according to the Bangor Daily News.
Sewell, at age 36, went in to get a mammogram because of a sprained chest muscle, and had no idea that the news would be breast cancer. A year later, she is cancer-free, and will join the other breast cancer survivors at the event, according to the news source.
This year's event will happen on August 7th, as volunteers will swim any distance up until 2 miles. They will swim in hopes of furthering breast cancer health news.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. In order to detect cancer early, the ACS recommends that women over the age of 40 schedule yearly mammograms and individuals as young at 20 should start self-checks on a regular basis.