Local Breast Cancer Survivors Help Others

Rain or shine, every year they walk.

"It's invigorating, spiritually it's uplifting," says Jan Morgan of Haslett. "I mean, it's tearful."

"We just want to find a cure," echoes Ronda Greko of Holt.

Sisters-in-law Morgan and Greko are close.

"We've been through the thick and thin of this and we actually say that we're bosom buddies now," Greko says.

Both have battled breast cancer. Ronda, first, nearly 14 years ago.

"It was that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach," she recalls. "My goal has always been taking care of others and I didn't take care of myself in the process."

Two years later, Jan got the news.

"I was numb, actually," she says. "My daughter, she came home [and asked] what'd the doctor say? And I said, it's cancer. And she goes, 'Well, we're just going to beat it, that's all there is to it.'"

Jan's daughter was her biggest motivator.

"I wanted to see, number one, her walk down the aisle, and I wanted to hold my grandchildren," she says. "And since then, I've had my son-in-law place three grandchildren in my arms and I thank God every day for that."

Now Jan and Ronda are motivating other women fighting breast cancer. They play a big part in the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program, which gives newly-diagnosed women information and someone to talk to.

"It's like a buddy," Greko explains. "It's somebody that's been through it. It's somebody that's been there."

They also walk every year in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Lansing.

"It's just something that I have to do," Morgan says.

Ronda's been walking since Making Strides started in Lansing in 1999.

"At that time, I was still in treatment but I was going to be there," says says. "There was absolutely no way you could keep me away."

Nearly 14 years later, nothing's keeping either of them away. The sisters-in-law are still walking, raising money for a cure one step at a time.

Lansing's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is Saturday at the state capitol. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m. Click on the link below for more information, or click on the Hot Button if you'd like to donate.


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