Breast Cancer Survivor Gala Brings Together Hope, Community: 'You Are Not Alone'

Jim Gudas
October 19, 2019 - 9:00 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Survivors of breast cancer gathered Friday at Stroger Hospital on the West Side to celebrate their lives and share in their struggles and victories.

Brenda Crosby-Averhart, who runs cancer community outreach at Stroger Hospital, hosted the event. She’s also a 19-year survivor of breast cancer.

She said the purpose of the event was to let other survivors know they are not alone and to build community.

"There is hope; your brothers, sisters and friends and everyone are able to grow hope and inspiration from (knowing) you have made it," she said.

Crosby-Averhart said a gathering of so many survivors helps put the struggle against breast cancer in perspective. 

People also gathered to remember those who lost their cancer battles, which adds to the gravity of the gathering's importance, she said. 

It was the 12th annual breast cancer survivor gala at Stroger Hospital, where doctors attending the event said continuing advances in breast cancer treatment will hopefully mean the numbers of survivors attending future galas will keep growing.