Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ) — Saturday, October 24th, hundreds of people will be at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to help fight breast cancer. The American Cancer Society his holding its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
One person who will be there is 25-year-firefighting veteran Dee Wooley. Wooley retired from the Frankfort Fire Department and still teaches classes for the Kentucky Fire Commission. She also was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.
“I was feeling tired every day, like I had the flu,” says Wooley. “I was so tired, I could fall asleep at a red light.” Wooley says she had a mammogram less than a year before, but when she went to the doctor, he found something that was not right. “When they come out and tell you you have breast cancer… I’m from old school, from the 60s. When they told you that it was pretty much a death sentence because they didn’t used to have the medications and technology they have now.”
Wooley says the key to her getting through treatments, chemotherapy and surgery was to stay positive. Now, she is in remission.
She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and speaks to people who have been diagnosed. She says the key to getting through it is hope.
If you would like to make a donation to the American Cancer Society, registration for the walk is at 7:30 a.m. at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, 207 Legends Lane, Lexington, KY 40505.