October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's a time when people honor those who battled cancer, and those still fighting.
This Sunday, one Texoma breast cancer survivor will join with others around the state to be honored during the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboy’s game.
Karen Piper was nominated and selected for her courageous fight.
Piper and her daughter Whitney Mann have battle, struggled, and won the war against cancer.
“All of God’s grace,” said Karen Piper, a breast cancer survivor. “His grace got me through everything. I have kept a positive attitude; I mean we joked about everything. Anything that was negative we turned into a positive.”
Piper was diagnosed 8 years ago. She said it was her support system, her family who she calls her cancer angels that have helped make her stronger and more confident than ever before.
“It helped us through other things with my mom getting cancer, my daughter getting cancer, my granddaughter having a deadly disease it just all pulls us together,” said Piper.
That's why her daughter nominated her for a chance to be honored during the halftime show at AT&T stadium, and she won.
“She was always there she never missed a beat,” said Whitney Mann, Piper’s daughter. “Just like she talks about her mom being her rock, she was my rock. She was at every chemo, every doctor’s appointment, she stayed by my side at the hospital.”
Although her family has suffered through the unimaginable, it's her spirit and stubbornness that keeps the family going.
“I think it’s contagious,” said Mann. “Most people will tell you, I’m not the most positive person, but it’s contagious. She'll push you to be a positive person and to look at the bright side of the situation.”
You can join the fight against breast cancer this Saturday in Wichita Falls. Susan G. Komen will host the 2015 Race for the Cure at the MPEC.
Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The races and walks begin around 8:15 a.m.