Trailing for Tatas
Trailing for Tatas is a 4 Mile Trail Walk & Finish Line Festival held at Lake Anita State Park on October 14, 2017.The walk will begin at 11 am, and a balloon release will be held at 1 pm.
About this event:
My name is Deanna Spry. I am a 54 year old mother of two beautiful and amazing daughters, and a wife of 30 plus years to a very supportive and loving husband. I am a grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and Breast Cancer Survivor!
On December 23, 2011, I was shocked and surprised to hear the words, “You have breast cancer.”
I went for my annual mammogram every year like all women should, never suspecting they would find anything. After all, mine barely fit in that sweet vice that detects the smallest of abnormalities! When the nurse called to say they spotted something but I shouldn’t be alarmed, I went back for a second mammogram followed by a biopsy. With my family by my side on February 9, 2012, we made it through a bilateral mastectomy and began the healing process.
I decided from day one that I was going to take on this “C” monster with all I had and not let it get the best of me. We never backed down and we took control of “IT” before took control of us.
There were good days and bad, laughter and tears, but I wasn’t giving up without a fight. I was one of the lucky ones; the cancer was found early enough that I didn’t have to go through additional treatment and all that comes with that. I have nothing to complain about. As I look around me and see so many affected by this horrible disease, I am so very thankful to be where I am today!
I encourage each and every one of you to get your mammogram every year. Without early detection your story may be different—you may not be the lucky one!
Trailing for Tatas was an idea that came to me as I was walking the beautiful trails at Lake Anita. I think getting your mammogram is very important and necessary to ensure early detection of breast cancer. So please come and walk with us, enjoy the beauty, and help support funding assistance for those in our local communities who are impacted by this disease and need a helping hand.
Breast cancer has affected nearly all of us. The chance of a woman having breast cancer sometime in her life is about one in eight.
I am proud to partner with the Cass County Health System Foundation in our efforts to support women in Southwest Iowa fighting this battle. All funds raised will be kept locally and will be administered through the CCHS Foundation, with guidance from a local volunteer committee. These funds will help with items not covered by insurance such as wigs, gas cards to get to radiation treatments, and other expenses associated with cancer care.
Please join us October 14, 2017, in the effort to aid our friends and neighbors here in Southwest Iowa who are affected by this disease every day.