Devynn Helischauer is participating in the 2013 CIBC Run for the Cure and the Post Secondary Challenge. Devynn is a past CIBC Education Award winner and is currently studying at the University of Lethbridge.
Trying to find the words to explain just how much breast cancer has affected not only me, but so many of my friends and family members is extremely hard. Since I can remember someone in my family has had breast cancer. It started with my grandmother aka GramCracker, then my mother, and then carried on to my other grandmother, who we call nagymama.
My nagymama has been a strong fighter against breast cancer and is just finishing up her treatments now. With her living in British Columbia, it is not easy to always see her, but I visit when I can. With the love and support of our whole family and her amazing husband, she has had the strength to help her get through this.
When I learned that my mother had breast cancer, it tore me apart. At that point in time I did not know much about breast cancer or what to expect, but I was scared and wanted to do what I could to help her. I love my mom and could not imagine anything happening to her. Happily, as of now she is cured and does not show any signs of it coming back, but when dealing with cancer you just never know.
Now my GramCracker is a different story. She is one of my biggest inspirations in my life and I will always love her with all my heart. Sadly, she did not make it and was taken this past February. My GramCracker was an extremely strong person. Every time she was told her breast cancer was gone, it always seemed to come back, but she did not give up. After a while it just became too much for her to handle and it spread across her body, taking her at a much too early age. I will never forget my GramCracker; I have so many great memories of her. She had an impact on so many people within her lifetime and had the kindest soul. My Gram was a saint and she will always be missed.
This year, I’m participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, October 6 because I want to do my part in making sure that no one else ever has to deal with the hardships that breast cancer can bring. The chance that I, myself, will have breast cancer is very high, but with the help of all my family, friends and community we can bring an end to this awful disease.
Just remember that you CAN make a difference.