A mother's fight against breast cancer

09/10/2018

To honor her mother who passed away from breast cancer in 2001, Pamela LeBaron registered for Middlebury Walks for a Cure last year with her daughter, Keeton. What she didn’t realize then was that she would soon have another reason to participate. By the day of the event, LeBaron herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Despite this difficult news, she kept her spirits up. Friends and family walked alongside LeBaron to show their support at the event. Keeton honored her mother by taking part in the 5K run and won third place. Both appreciate efforts by Goshen Center for Cancer Care and Cancer Resources for Elkhart County to advance cancer treatment programs in the area.

“There are so many women who have gone through so much more,” said LeBaron. “I feel like my case was easy compared to some women and think of them often when I’m struggling. I’m one of the lucky ones. We caught mine early and I feel very blessed.”

Keeton is walking alongside her mother during her cancer journey. LeBaron completed her double mastectomy last October and reconstructive surgery in February. She expects to be fully recovered and ready for the 14th Annual Middlebury Walks for a Cure this fall. That’s when she’ll walk again – as a survivor.

To register for this year’s event on October 14, 2018, please visit MiddleburyWalksforaCure.com. There you will find a registration form, times and details for the 5K run and walk, plus a 1-mile fun walk. The event will be located at Das Dutchman Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center in Middlebury, Indiana, and is sponsored by Borden Waste-Away Services.

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Pamela and Keeton LeBaron at last year’s Middlebury Walks for a Cure event.