And The Winner Is…

Team T-Shirt Winner 2015

The winner of the Terri’s T-shirt Contest at our Race for the Cure is Team Jennifer!  Jennifer Snow Bryant is a breast cancer survivor and the inspiration behind Team Jennifer.  We reached out to Jennifer to share her story.

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A little about my story…
I was diagnosed at 35 after finding a lump on my left breast.  My sons were 3 & 5 at the time. I was stage 1, grade 3. I had a double mastectomy, 4 rounds of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. I found out I have the brca 2 gene so I chose to have a hysterectomy to avoid ovarian cancer. I had capsular contracture (from radiation we believe) on my left side and didn’t heal well due to radiation. This also led to a strep b infection that made me very ill and resulted in removing my implant and later having the latissimus flap surgery. My journey started in October 2010 and ended (if it really ever ends) in November 2012.
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I can’t imagine taking this journey without the best Doctors, nurses, family and friends in my life. No one would obviously choose to go through anything like Breast Cancer but if they do, I wish everyone had the experience I had!

I would also like to add that my Delta Zeta big sis, Lori Walker, always helps me with the shirts. Her mom passed away from Breast Cancer so it was a cause close to her heart before I was diagnosed and now she is a huge supporter for me as well.

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Congratulations Team Jennifer on winning the Terri’s T-Shirt Contest!

*Each year, Komen Ozark hosts a Team T-shirt Contest to award the most popular t-shirt from the Race for the Cure.  Three years ago, we moved the Team T-Shirt Contest to social media with the winner being chosen through Facebook “likes.”  The last two years, Terri’s Troops have won the t-shirt contest and Komen Ozark has decided to name the contest in memory of Terri Walker, the driving force of Terri’s Troops. Terri was diagnosed with Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer on March 2012 and passed away on July 22, 2014. Terri was an inspiration to anyone who met her. She remained positive throughout all of her treatment.

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Terri’s T-Shirt Contest

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Terri Walker at Race for the Cure

Each year, Komen Ozark hosts a Team T-shirt Contest to award the most popular      t-shirt from the Race for the Cure.  Five years ago, we moved the Team T-Shirt Contest to social media with the winner being chosen through Facebook “likes.”

Terri’s Troops won the t-shirt contest several years in a row and Komen Ozark decided to name the contest in memory of Terri Walker, the driving force of Terri’s Troops. The team was created in 2012 to show their support for Terri Walker during her battle against triple negative breast cancer.

Terri’s Story as told through her friends and family:

Terri was diagnosed with Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer in March 2012.  After very aggressive chemotherapy, radiation treatments and a mastectomy, she was cancer free for almost 7 months, but then discovered a lump in her thigh muscle in November 2013.  Terri went through radiation again to treat the tumor.  The cancer then metastasized to her brain.  Terri underwent surgery for the brain tumor in February 2014 and that is when it was discovered that she had Leptomeningeal Metastasis and the cancer had spread to her spinal fluid.  She never lost faith and never gave up.  She went to be with the Lord on July 22nd, 2014 surrounded by family and friends.

Terri was an inspiration to anyone who met her.  She remained positive through everything and always remained a fighter.  She will be forever missed, but we will continue to fight this awful disease in her honor.

Terri’s Troops

Terri's Troops