2014 Honorary Chair
Every year our race committee chooses an honorary chairperson to help us spread the word and promote our race. This year’s honorary chairperson is Jennifer Galvin. We are honored that she agreed to chair our race this year. Below is her story about her fight against breast cancer.
My name is Jennifer Galvin. At the time of my cancer diagnosis, I was 45 years old, my children were 5 and 8 years old; my husband and I both worked full time jobs. The only risk factor I had for breast cancer was late childbirth; I was very healthy, very active and very busy working and raising a young family. My annual mammogram indicated an area that required a biopsy. I will always remember just coming out of the anesthesia and the Doctor saying, “I don’t have the pathology back, but I have seen a lot of this and I am sure it is cancer.” I remember looking at my husband for confirmation. Was I dreaming? Did I just hear that I, the person who rarely has a cold, has cancer?” This was Thursday, we would not know the results until Monday. It was a weekend spent grappling with my mortality and asking questions about my future and my family’s future. The big question, “Would I be there to see my children graduate from High School?” Monday came and the educated guess was confirmed, it was cancer. The first thing was how we would tell our children, our parents, our friends. We quickly decided our children were too young to understand the “c-word”, so we decided to tell them I was sick and would require treatment. My parents were more difficult. My brother who was 13 months older than me was struggling with esophageal cancer. How could they bear two out of their three children having cancer? My brother and I were close growing up and I knew he had to be the first one I told. He was stunned. I asked him to tell Mom and Dad who lived a short distance away on the ranch we grew up on. They called me immediately and asked a lot of questions I couldn’t answer. We all shed tears that day knowing our futures were so uncertain.
Life seems to know when you're a little off balance and tries to tip you over. In addition to struggling with cancer, I was transitioning to a new job at this time. During the transition I had a lumpectomy with the removal of cancerous lymph nodes. This meant chemotherapy and radiation. I started my work career with a great group of people. I left that group to work directly with a business unit, and then was asked to return to manage my former group. My first staff meeting was April 1st. Assuring my new staff this was not an April Fool’s joke, I told them I would start chemotherapy in 10 days. I asked them all to help me get my job done by doing theirs as well as I knew they were capable of doing it. They were the consummate professionals and better than that, wonderful friends who supported me and saw me through this difficult time.
I had chemotherapy on Fridays. My thought was it would give me the weekend to recover and I could return to work on Monday. This worked well. My boss’s boss called me in to her office one day and said, “You know, you can take time off if you need it?” I responded I wanted my children to see me doing normal things so they would not worry about me. Well, that only lasted until my hair started falling out. I called my husband from work and asked him to bring home the GI Jane movie –it was time to get tough with cancer and shave my head. My family had dinner together, watched the movie and I announced I was going outside to shave my head. My 5 year old son thought it was a great idea and danced around laughing while my husband shaved my head. My daughter was horrified! She kept saying she didn’t understand. I let her run her hands through my hair to show her it was falling out. It didn’t matter to her. She wanted her Mom as she had always been – with hair.
My daughter turned nine years old about the time I started my radiation treatment. She had to come to my office to stay an hour once a week for several weeks, so I created her a little work station with pencil, paper and crayons. She loved to draw and write. One day after she left I went into her work station to check on her supplies. She had pinned a story to the wall she had written about Ruby, her dog, who was taking chemo. We didn’t have a dog named Ruby. Children are incredibly intuitive no matter what you tell them. They know when things are right and when they are not.
Three months after my radiation treatment ended my Dad was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. He died 5-6 weeks after his diagnosis. Six months later my brother died from metastatic bone cancer. My Mom use to say, “The Lord never gives you more than you can stand.”, but there were days I wondered how she made it through the day. I survived, but I certainly was not untouched by my experience and that of my family. I try hard to live every day to its fullest, count my blessings everyday because they are many and pay forward the help and support my family was shone through this difficult time.
Reason to run!
Cancer remains a leading cause of deaths in Washington County. Without access to physical exams and screening processes, many are diagnosed too late for life saving intervention. Family Healthcare Clinic provides families with access to affordable health care, free clinical breast exams, mammograms and other cancer preventative services. The people who need this service depend on you to keep this vital program available. Miles for Mammograms directly funds the mammography program as well as other cancer screenings. Remember all proceeds stay in our area to help families in our community.
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How it all started...
Family Healthcare Clinic assumed the Mammogram Program (a program initiated by staff and volunteers of the former Bartlesville YWCA) in 2003. This program, a perfect fit for FHC’ Cancer Prevention and Health Maintenance Program, provides free Mammograms for patients who are in need of but are unable to afford access to this lifesaving screening procedure.
2015 Event Details
The 17th Annual Family Healthcare Clinic's “Miles for Mammograms” 5K Charity Race and 2K Fun Walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26th 2015. The race will start near the Dewey Hotel & Tom Mix Museum. Map of the certified “TAC” course in beautiful downtown Dewey is posted under the registration link.
We have partnered with the popular ‘Western Heritage Days’ that the City of Dewey hosts annually. This exciting partnership will help both events to help bring people to Dewey and experience the Western Heritage Days numerous events. Be sure to stay after the race and visit all of the street vendors, cattle drive, Western parade, and Wild West Show. For more details about Western Heritage Days be sure to visit their Facebook page.
For this year’s Miles for Mammograms race the top three finishers in each age group will receive medals. Prizes to Top Male & Top Female. Prizes will also be awarded for 1) Best-Pinked Team, 2) Best-Pinked Individual and 3) Participant who raises the most donations 4) Team that raises the most in donations.
Miles for Mammograms can also be supported without having to attend the event. It’s called “Sleepin' in for Mammograms”. For $25 you can support the Mammogram Program, receive a T-shirt and get their beauty rest all at the same time either by registering on-line or mailing in their ”Sleepin' In” registration and payment.
Families, co-workers and friends are encouraged to form teams. There is no extra cost of team registration. Call Family Healthcare Clinic for team packets, 918.336.4822.
Don't miss the Pre-Party, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at Family Healthcare Clinic from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.! You can pre-register NOW and we will have your t-shirt and race packet ready for you to pick up at the Pre-Party. You can also register at the pre-party and get your t-shirt and race packets early. We will have popcorn and refreshments.
Show you care with pink hair!
Get your pink strands at these participating salons:
~Gail's Hairstyling & Spa
~Tri Couny Tech Center Salon
~Green Country Village
~La Bella Dolce
Special Thanks to Jeanette Pearson and Mary Jo Strack for putting it all together!
Miles for Mammograms is proud to offer a "Youth" option for kids wanting to run the 5K and get a YOUTH-sized shirt! For the discounted cost of $15 (basically the cost of the t-shirt and the timing chip), your child will be timed while they run the 5K and get a shirt in youth sizes S-XL!
Youth registration is for children 13 and under only. Youth shirts available race day while supplies lasts.
Watch our Facebook for 2015 event details and contests!