Q102 Breast Cancer Wall of Honor 2017

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Q102 wants to recognize the courage and determination it takes to fight this disease. Whether you’ve battled breast cancer yourself or simply had your life touched by it, we’re honoring you! (Please note: The submission period for this year has ended. Thank you to all who submitted!)

Joni Brown

Joni has been my mom’s best friend for many years. They meet weekly for dinner, and go to Florida together every May. A few weeks ago, Joni had a routine mammogram and was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. She will undergo a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy for 4-5 months, and one year on the chemo pill. She is just beginning her fight, and could use many prayers and words of encouragement.
– Samantha Moore

Tracey Carraher

I would like to honor my beautiful stepdaughter. She is 13 years cancer free. She was diagnosed when our granddaughter turned one. She came out fighting as any mother would with a baby. She has spent her healthy years giving back. Taking care of everyone else. She has taken her mother in who has been cursed with some physical disabilities. She takes good care of her and never complains. She has dedicated 110% to making sure our granddaughter has had the very best care and education. She is always there for everyone else and never thinks twice. She is an incredible young woman that works hard, is a good wife, the best mother and daughter!
– Benita Fifer

Erika Gibson

Days before Thanksgiving 2014, I was diagnosed with aggressive HER2 positive breast cancer. A year of chemo, 18 months of herceptin and 18 surgeries later I’m cancer free! Don’t stop fighting!!

Amy Zepf

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39 in Nov 2013. After a double mastectomy and not even 3 years later, my cancer came back in the EXACT.SAME.SPOT. I was devastated at having to tell my teenage children again that I had cancer. I just finished chemo and radiation in August and now I can say I AM CANCER FREE! My friends, family, community, and faith helped me fight this awful disease so I could come out on top AGAIN. During my journey my dad passed away from lung cancer. Each day I rise, thank God for another chance at life, & put one foot in front of the other and keep going because I never know when it could change…again.

Margaret Leicht

My grandma was one of the most bravest people I’ve ever known. She fought for almost 7 years with breast cancer. Through it all she did it with grace and dignity. She always made sure she got dressed, put makeup on and looked nice no matter how bad she felt. She was a very proud woman. She had so much love for her family, that’s what kept her going. My grandma was a great, loving, kind, and strong lady. I learned so much from her: never give up. Her family was everything to her. Unfortunately after being in remission for 7 yrs she started feeling bad. She went to the doctor…IT’S BACK AND IT’S EVERYWHERE. Few days later she was gone. 22 years now.
– Amanda Waldman

Kris Brossart

Kris Brossart is my sister. She lost her fight to breast cancer. She ended up with brain metastasis. She was so full of life and wanted to experience everything before she went. She just kept going and doing things everyday even when she got to where she could barely walk. She attended her husband’s Friday night football games all the way to the end. He is the coach of Dixie Heights who ended up winning state the year after she passed. Those boys loved her. She was honored at the games and did many interviews with the TV stations. She spoke at the Relay for Life to encourage all who is fighting breast cancer to keep fighting.
– Angela Gresham

Mary Johan

I have been friends with Mary for 17 years. She has had it hard time the past several years. She is a kind person, a good mom. She was a single mom for many years. She is a hard worker. In 2011 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. Then a month later had heart surgery. She is a 5-year cancer survivor. Doing great till she lost her son in 2017. She would give the shirt off back to help a friend.
– Darlene Hilbun

Kentucky Thorough-Breasts

The Kentucky Thorough-Breasts Dragon Boat Racing Team is comprised of breast cancer survivors from all over the Tri-State. Their ages range from 30-70+ as does their years of survivorship, some are still in treatment and others are 20+ year survivors. They practice 2-3 times a week, paddling 4,000-5,000 meters each practice in 40 foot war canoes and compete all over North America. In 2018, they will travel to the World BCS Competition in Florence, Italy. What makes these women outstanding is their team spirit and service to the community. Their photo from the 2014 world competition truly shows the sheer joy of “Surviving in Sync.”
– Priscilla Elgersma

Cat Pursel

Aunty Cat was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. Luckily the doctors found the cancer quickly and started chemo immediately. Aunty Cat went through radiation. She is now finishing up her treatment.
– Maya Chamberlin

Jessa Miller

My best friend from high school found out she had breast cancer when she was pregnant with her son in 2012. She delivered her baby ok and started treatment right away. She was cancer free until 2017. She is a fighter and continues to fight with a positive attitude. She is only 36 right now but is the strongest person I have ever known. Here is a picture of me and her before we found out her cancer returned.
– Candice Morris

Debra Masters

I would like to honor my mother, Debra Masters, who is a breast cancer survivor and has also been dealing with skin cancer, heart problems, kidney problems and possible lung cancer. She is one of the most selfless people I know; she has always donated her time to help others. She was on the recreation board for the city of North College Hill for 15 to 20 years, and she was also citizen on patrol for N. College Hill and also Springfield Township. She helps Saint Margaret Mary’s Bingo stay active, and she is awesome — trying to take care of her mother and herself at the same time. She’s a fighter.
– Christina Beaven

Madeline Fernandes

Bosom Ball always coincides with a the time of year where I reflect on all that I have been through. October 20 will mark my 3 year mark of when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26. This is my second Bosom Ball, and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate survivorship with my fellow WARRIORS. I’ve met so many amazing women AND men along my journey, and I truly feel like I am a better person because of it. While I want to celebrate myself, I also want to celebrate all of those that I have met along the way. THANK YOU Jeff, Jenn & Q102 for your support of this important cause!

Barbara Strasser

When I was a senior in high school, my grandma (Barb) got diagnosed with breast cancer. Her best friend, Diane, had just gotten over breast cancer and my grandma was with her every day for it, doing whatever she needed. So naturally Diane vowed to be by my grandma’s side through it all. A few months after my grandma was diagnosed, Diane had become diagnosed for a second time. They were going through it together, every day, by each other’s sides. Sadly, Diane wasn’t able to beat it this time and passed away. My grandma was devastated but stayed as strong as she could be and she survived breast cancer. 7 years later and my grandma is still with us.
– Kara McKinney

Stephanie Kleiner

I was diagnosed with Stage IV (Metastatic) Breast Cancer in 2011. I went through the chemo and radiation and double mastectomy and was considered NED (No Evidence of Disease) until 2015, when it all returned with a vengeance. I just finished up chemo since 2015. I live every year, day by day and month to month — never knowing what’s happening. A scary thought, but I still fight for my 8-year-old son and wonderful husband.

Lesa Rahschulte

Lesa is a true survivor. She was first diagnosed in 1992 and again in 2014. She had a double mastectomy in October 2014 and has been fighting ever since. When she comes to the center she is always full of cheer and positivity. You would never know she was “sick,” she has the best attitude and she stays so busy with dancing and caring for her grandchildren. Nothing gets her down, not even cancer. This photo is from the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade this past Spring.
– Marley Jameson

Tanya Sefton

Tanya is an amazing woman who was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in August of this year. She is only 27 years old, which makes the diagnosis a shock. I am nominating her for the wall of honor because she is the most amazing person. She is an amazing Aunt, Daughter, Sister, Friend and Girlfriend. Even though she was diagnosed with cancer she isn’t letting it slow her down. Tanya loves being outside doing yard work, fiddling with cars, or just sitting around watching our dog play. She is the strongest person I know. Her slogan…From Fighter to Survivor!
– Lee Goodrich

Lisa Pfaehler

I’m honoring my mother, Lisa. She was diagnosed 4 years ago with stage 4 triple negative breast cancer 6 months after a clean mammogram. She was an amazing woman who loved life and lived for her granddaughter. She fought through chemo, losing her hair, double mastectomy, more chemo, radiation, until she was in remission. They said it was a miracle. However, a little over a year later it had spread to her brain and after many surgeries she had fought all she could until she had to rest. She passed away on us 15 1/2 months ago. This year I honor her, her brave fight, her courage. I do this for her. Love you, Mom.
– Tanya Staton

Deanna Perkins

My mom, Deanna, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2013, and was advised by her doctors that a double mastectomy needed to be scheduled immediately. They thought they could get it all without radiation and chemotherapy; however, after the biopsy results revealed that she had a very aggressive form of breast cancer, which did require numerous radiation and chemo treatments. It was a very difficult time for her and our family, but as you can see from the picture…she stayed very positive throughout the entire ordeal and has made a complete recovery! Love you lots Jo Mama!
– Amanda Perkins

Holly Hehemann

My sister Holly was diagnosed with breast cancer in fall of 2015. Drs said it was genetic so I went and got tested. I carried the gene. BRCA2. I went in for elective surgery to have a hysterectomy 5 months later. After surgery I found out I had stage 3 ovarian cancer. She saved my life. She was finishing her chemo when I started. She was my biggest cheerleader. It has been a long road with many surgeries for both of us; that will end this November with my double mastectomy. It is not a matter of if we get it but when. I nominate her for saving my life!❤️
– Kathy Mullins

Peggy Isenogle

20 years ago, Peggy, along with 3 other women, formed the local Susan G. Komen affiliate and started the Cincinnati Race for the Cure. Peggy had lost a friend to breast cancer and she wanted to make a difference in our community. 5 years after the first Race, Peggy herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’ve never met someone more passionate, dedicated, loving, and kind as Peggy. She continues to work everyday to find the cures. I couldn’t ask for a better leader, friend or voice in the breast cancer community. Thank you Peggy for all you have done and continue to do. As a survivor myself, I truly admire you and your work.
– Melissa Dunn

Sharon Rottenberger

My mother always put my brother and I first. When I was in labor in the hospital in December of 2016 she started having severe back pain. January 20th, 2017, she was diagnosed with very aggressive Stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her lungs, lymph nodes, and bones (she just had blood work done in May and was healthy). I quit my job, sold my house, and took over her daycare to take care of her in her home per her wishes. She passed away 26 days later on February 14th, 2017, at the age of 52. She is still my best friend, and I still call her cell phone and leave a message when I’m having a hard time, and I know she is always listening. I love you mom.
– Suzanne Damer

Heather Meadows

My wife is now 3 years cancer free. She was diagnosed with stage 1 invasive lobular carcinoma. She was so brave and strong throughout her treatments. Always made sure our kids and the house was taken care of no matter how bad she felt after treatment. Exactly one year after we found out she was cancer-free, she was diagnosed with pancreatic disease, and after having half of her pancreas removed, we are at the 4 year anniversary of being cancer-free and 1 year anniversary of being disease- and trouble-free with her pancreas.. She is a true super hero… My WONDER WOMAN!
– Allen Meadows

Patricia Williams

I’m honoring my mom, who is very strong and a survivor. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2016. She was very nervous — we all were — due to her mother having breast cancer, but she tried to stay positive. In January of 2017, she got a double mastectomy and then she began chemotherapy up until the 29th of July. She had lost all her hair and eyebrows and didn’t feel beautiful, but as we kept telling her she was and was a fighter. Now it is October, and she is cancer-free. She is one strong and brave woman and is what you will call a FIGHTER.
– Precious Jones

Julie Caplinger

Julie was diagnosed 2 years ago with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) before our youngest daughter had her 1st birthday. IBC is a rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer with statistics showing a death sentence within 2 years. When she asked her first oncologist if she could live to see her kids (Laura, 8, and Ellie, 3) grow up, she said, “no, you should be making arrangements now.” After seeking a new oncologist, rounds of General Chemo, ongoing maintenance rounds of IBC specific chemo, Double mastectomy, and aggressive radiation she has been declared NED (No Evidence of Disease)!
– Andrew Caplinger

Melissa Spaulding

I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Breast Cancer on 9/21/15. On Oct 27 of 2015, I had a double mastectomy followed by Chemotherapy starting in December of 2015. I have had two more surgeries for reconstruction since then. I have had two Pet scans, and I am now disease free. My mammogram didn’t find my lump but I had a feeling there was something there and got an ultrasound because of that. If I hadn’t and waited another 6 months to a year, things could have been so much worse for me. I hope sharing my story will encourage women to get checked and always trust your gut. It is your body and you know it best!

Charlene Salyers

I was 43 and first diagnosed in Jan. 2012, with stage 2 IDC, ER and PR positive. Had a mastectomy and more than 10 surgeries related to reconstructions and complications. All of the surgeries spanned over two years time. It seemed like one after the other though. I remained on Tamoxifen to block estrogen which my cancer would fuel from. During 2016, I began having pain in my chest and right arm. Nothing was helping so I went to the ER. After some tests, I was told I had stage 4. It was in my bones, lymph nodes, and liver. I am now living with metastatic cancer. I take a combination of drugs to prevent growth. I hope they continue to work!

Lori Pence

I am a 4-year survivor from breast cancer Her2 positive. During my journey I was also pregnant with my perfect 4-year-old daughter and we fought the battle together. We went through 6 rounds of chemo and also a double mastectomy and reconstruction together! I am very blessed!

Cat Cook

I was diagnosed with breast cancer this past April 2017. I fell into the 7% with a diagnosis under the age of 40. I was fortunate enough to catch it myself before it spread to my lymph nodes. I had a lumpectomy in May and started chemotherapy treatments in July. I’m so excited to be able to say that my final treatment will be the week after The Ball! It’s going to be a long battle to keep it from coming back. I still have radiation waiting and ten long years of hormone blockers. I know with the continued love and support of my friends and family that I will get through this and I will beat this thing!

Jennifer Smith-Hunter

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2016 and proceeded to have a double mastectomy and go through chemo throughout the rest of the year. She created a group of our friends and family to rally behind and support her called Jenn’s Jokers, and they were such a blessing to our family during that time. Her grace and strength through the hardest fight of her life was inspiring, and I am so thankful to have her as my role model. She is now cancer-free, and I am so unbelievably proud of her.
– Bailie Smith-Hunter

The first Friday of March 2016 around 4:45 pm., my phone rang. It was my doctor letting me know my breast biopsy confirmed I have breast cancer. That is the moment my life as I knew it changed forever. The next few months I went through genetic testing, more biopsies, MRI’s, lots of blood tests, many doctor appointments — to get to the decision that on July 1st, I would become cancer-free with a double mastectomy. After more tests, I had 4 months of chemo and am still on the recovery side of cancer. I started my support group called Jenn’s Jokers with a team color of Kelly Green to show support. I have raised over $1,000 for cancer support in the past year.
– Jennifer Smith-Hunter

Peg Stahl

Today, I am honoring my Mom, Peg Stahl, who valiantly fought breast cancer twice. Mom beat it the first time around and 7.5 years later, breast cancer took her away from us. My mom was a champion for youth sports in Cincinnati. She was involved since I can remember. She was active in our parish, as a coach and the Athletic Director. She then started working with the Catholic Youth Organization, in the main office and eventually in her home office. She assigned officials for both basketball, volleyball and baseball officials to games and matches for years. She made sure that the officials were there for the right reason: “For the kids!”
– Kate Andrews (nee Stahl)

Ashley Kelly

I am 31, and a wife and mom of 3. Last year, I found a lump in my left breast. A week after finding it, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. After chemo and 5 surgeries, I was starting to get back to the new normal. In June of this year, I was having headaches and vision problems and went for an MRI. I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer with metts to my brain. I’ve had 2 gamma knifes and chemo injections. I want to say how important it is for early detection, so please do self exams and don’t be afraid to ask questions to your doctor.