Two women honored for their work with breast cancer
Mar 30, 2012
Two women were honored as the YMCA Community Champions in Newburyport, Massachusetts, for their efforts in helping out breast cancer survivors, according to The Boston Globe.
Raelene Kukene and Nancy McGonegal were given this honor during the third annual Engaging Communities Luncheon. Kukene got involved in the fight against breast cancer after learning her husband's first wife died of the disease at only 35 years old. She now runs a support group at the Anna Jaques Hospital, and has helped these survivors for the past 15 years, according to the news source.
McGonegal is a breast cancer survivor herself, and because of her first-hand experience, she advises other women about various treatments. Since she underwent a bilateral mastectomy, she also helps women who have to go through the same, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the United States.