Woman gives hope as she continues to fight cancer

As a single parent battling cancer, Shelly said there's no choice but to continue fighting for her son.

KENNEWICK, Wash. - In honor of breast cancer awareness the Tri-Cities Cancer Center held its annual kickoff event to highlight the importance of early cancer detection as well as in support of the fighters' with their campaign, Woman Up.

"Life is a gift and you never know how much you're going to have but you want to live everyday purposely," said Shelly Jesser.

As a single parent battling cancer, Shelly said there's no choice but to continue fighting for her son.

Shelly said, "he lost his dad to cancer a couple years ago so I'm it for him and I'm not going to leave him parent-less I'm going to fight through this fight and were going to live a very long happy life."

Foundation Director, Elizabeth McLaughlin said breast cancer is the number one type of diagnosed cancer in women besides skin cancer.

This year the center held free educational booths and presentations with plenty of information on how to prevent, and detect cancer and options for breast cancer patients.

Breast program coordinator, Cindy Miller said "my focus today is self-breast exam and so what we're trying to do is get people to understand that there is a significant difference for people who do regular self-exam and those who do it occasionally or not at all."

Miller said "by getting one of these shower cards which are available all the time here at the cancer center it has each month and if you go oh-oh I haven't punched that out this month then it will remind them to do it."

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

McLaughlin said, "make sure your getting your yearly exams so that way you can stay on top of your health catch cancer early if it comes for you and you know improve your health."

Thanks to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center and community support warriors like Shelly continue to fight and give hope.

Shelly said, "if anyone out there is struggling you know wondering if they can do it if their dealing with breast cancer or any type of cancer you can do it, just one day at a time just fight, life is worth fighting for, just fight.

Whether you're uninsured or under-insured -- free breast and cervical cancer testing are being offered at three different locations.

Kadlec Clinic in Richland, October 7th from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Lourdes Health in Pasco, October 14th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Trios Health in Kennewick, October 20th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information on breast cancer awareness, click here.

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