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Breast Cancer Survivors Honored In Cheat Lake

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Doctors and patients from WVU Hospitals all gathered to remember breast cancer survivors and support those still fighting it.

The women gathered at Lakeview Resort on Cheat Lake came together to celebrate the victory they've shared in overcoming a breast cancer diagnosis. But they weren't the only ones there celebrating. Doctors from the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center were on hand, and they were looking forward to contributing to the fight against breast cancer.

"I think a good reason why some of them do come is to answer any questions anybody might have of us. It's just a good opportunity to bring awareness to breast cancer and remind everybody to get their mammograms," said Dr. Ginger Layne.

The event featured speeches from survivors like Melanie Jones, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 26. She said the support she received from the hospital made a huge difference in her fight against the disease.

"WVU Hospitals and the cancer center are really great about supporting us in every aspect and it's just great to hear other women confirm that as well," Jones said.

While many people will focus on awareness and the search for a cure through the month of October, Layne said it's important to also remember the survivors, and what they stand for.

"I just want everybody to remember, breast cancer, if you get that diagnosis, it doesn't mean the end. As you can see there are a lot of survivors who just keep marching forward," said Layne.

Layne said it's important for women to remember to get their mammograms yearly to catch a breast cancer diagnosis as early as possible.