Breast Cancer Survivors Come Together

by Emily Baird on July 9, 2010 at 10:22 am

Women from across the country are receiving a message of hope. Tami Longaberger invited 120 people, mostly breast cancer survivors, to attend her annual "Think Pink" luncheon at her home.

To Kay Cox, being diagnosed with breast cancer over a year ago didn’t seem possible. She had no family history of it, but one visit with her doctor changed her life forever.

"There are so many women. Like yourselves, we’ve all been there. We’ve heard those words from the doctor’s mouth, and I’m telling you that there’s so much hope. You have such a great opportunity to go out there and share your story with others. Find that spirit within your because it will help you to grow. It will help you to survive, " says Cox.

She says the diagnosis made her a stronger person, but she couldn’t have done it alone. It was the many people she met along the way who she says helped make her a survivor of cancer.

"Who have helped bring me through that tunnel, grab me by the hands, and just have been so supportive from doctors in Columbus, oncologists, friends, and family. It’s just been an emotional rollercoaster, " says Cox.

Cox and many other women were able to share their stories. They were brought together by one woman whose company is helping make strides in breast cancer research.

"It’s so moving. To me, it’s inspirational. You hear stories of courage. As a matter of fact, I was just standing in a side room, and I heard a woman say I’ve been through this 9 times. I couldn’t imagine that kind of impact. So, it inspires me and encourages me year after year, " says Longaberger Company CEO, Tami Longaberger.

Longaberger invited two prominent medical professionals to speak to the women about how breast cancer detection is improving.

"This is a fight that is going to be long, but we are winning slowly, " says Dr. Robert Smith, a cancer epidemiologist.

Dr. Smith works with the American Cancer Society and says the organization say it’s important that women don’t cast themselves aside in this fight.

"In fact, this is one of the new themes of the American Cancer Society-that women have to occasionally remember to put their health first and not just ultimately the health of their families first, " says Dr. Smith.

The Longaberger Company is putting women first. It kicked-off the "Horizon of Hope" campaign that’s been going on for 15 years. The company’s sales force voted during that time to support the American Cancer Society and to focus on breast cancer research.

"It gives me so much pride to know that I can go to work every day and know Longaberger is supporting me, not only as a breast cancer survivor but also into clinical trials, studies, and awareness that will help other people who will be faced with this today and tomorrow, " says Cox.

The campaign has raised more than $14,000,000 and touched the lives of more than 20,000,000 women.

The Longaberger Company will add a new basket to its "Horizon of Hope" collection. $2 from each basket will go the the "Horizon of Hope" campaign. To check out the design, visit