Breast cancer survivor walking Findlay race with recently diagnosed daughter

Sandy's story

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Susan G. Komen Findlay Race for the Cure is now in its second year.  Last year was much bigger than expected, and this year, a breast cancer survivor is leading the celebration of other survivors, including one who is very close to her heart.

Sandy Franks is a 3-year survivor of breast cancer. She walked in Toledo her first year and was even chosen to carry the 1-year survivor flag.

Last year, she served on the Findlay race committee.  This year, she's leading the survivor activities with one very special survivor in her mind: her daughter Shauna.

"Having my daughter battling breast cancer this summer is a really tough one," Sandy said.  "I am delighted that she is doing well and she just completed her radiation.  She's going to be walking in the race and we're going to do that together this year."

Every Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure honors survivors.  Sandy is leading the charge on that in Findlay this year, and she says she knows the kind of support they need.

"I think being a survivor is what makes a difference as to what you want to have available to survivors," she said.  "The day is really about survivors, to make sure they are honored and to make sure we are celebrating those that are surviving breast cancer."

While survivors are celebrated, an important message is delivered to thousands at the race who honor them.

"I think the biggest story that can come out of this race is to make sure that women know that they need to have their mammograms," said Sandy. "They need to follow those schedules, because you just never know when it might be you or someone that you love."

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