Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

'Help Save Lives like Mine' ; Supporters, Cancer Survivors to Line Up for Komen Race

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

'Help Save Lives like Mine' ; Supporters, Cancer Survivors to Line Up for Komen Race

Article excerpt

Amy Spindler isn't sure what she would do if it weren't for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She was on spring break vacation with her children in 2012 when she discovered a lump in her breast.

The 37-year-old single mother of two - Jordan Creech, 19, and Gage Spindler, 12 - didn't have health insurance.

"I'm typically a procrastinator, but something was telling me I needed to get this checked out," Spindler said. "In my heart I knew something was wrong." But without medical insurance she wasn't sure how she would be able to afford getting the lump checked out. Spindler, who is a server at Biaggi's restaurant, confided in her manager, who started looking into options and eventually connected Spindler with Komen.

A doctor's visit, mammogram and ultrasound - all paid for by grants from Komen - confirmed what she'd feared: she had breast cancer.

"I was so grateful I had that grant," she said. "I don't know what I would have done. I would have been in a place where I wouldn't have been able to find out and not have been able to get treatment. I may have died. It was a very aggressive tumor."

That's why Spindler will be participating in Saturday's Komen Race for the Cure. She'd walked in the 5K before, but said she hadn't really thought about how important it was.

"I knew people who had been affected, but I never thought it would be me," she said. "They saved my life. Without Komen, without people donating, there wouldn't be grants available for people like me. I wouldn't be here. I want to help others who may find themselves in this situation. I know where the money goes. I know it goes to help save lives like mine."

Spindler said her diagnosis came even before she got a biopsy.

"The radiologist told me he was 100 percent sure I had cancer," Spindler said. "They could tell without a doubt. They did a biopsy the next day just to see how aggressive it was and what kind of cancer."

She discovered her cancer was estrogen-fed cancer, but that it was growing in a convenient spot, on the outside of breast implants she'd gotten at 21. The cancer was growing out instead of in, meaning it hadn't spread very far and hadn't gotten to her lymph nodes. …

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