Sheri Phillips has been a practicing physician for more than 18 years. She was incredibly shocked to learn she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, a diagnosis many of her patients received over the years.
She decided to tackle the disease head on, and after a period of intense treatment, she was free of cancer. However, she was left with clinically disabling lymphedema of her right arm and hand, prohibiting her from performing hands-on treatment for her patients.
Because Phillips couldn’t sit and watch breast cancer have a similar impact on countless lives, she signed up to walk in the 2010 Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day. The Komen 3-Day is a 60-mile journey of a lifetime for women and men, like Phillips, who want to make a personal difference in the fight to end breast cancer. After completing her first Komen 3-Day, Phillips felt unstoppable and alive with a renewed sense of purpose.
Last year, Phillips was chosen as the third-ever Susan G. Komen 3-Day national spokesperson. Now she travels to each of the 14 3-Day cities, spreading awareness and education about breast cancer and also serves as an inspiration as she recently celebrated her fourth year of being cancer free.
“Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide,” said Phillips. “Early detection helps save lives. It helped save my life and everyone should be educated about this disease. We walk so one day we will live in a world where nobody loses their battle with breast cancer.”
To learn more about how you can join the fight to end breast cancer, visit www.The3Day.org and register for the 2013 Susan G. Komen 3-Day.