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Breast cancer survivor working to save more lives
Tami Kapule says early breast cancer detection saved her life.
Now, she’s working hard to make sure other women have the same chance of survival she did.
This weekend, she’ll climb Mount Si with friends and family as the culmination of a $5,000 fundraising campaign to help women who are uninsured or underinsured get mammograms.
They’re calling the hike “Mountains for Mammaries,” and have been selling t-shirts and collecting donations for the cause.
Kapule was diagnosed with breast cancer at MultiCare Covington Medical Center in December 2012, and chose to undergo a double mastectomy.
“We were so blessed with double insurance,” she said. “I can’t imagine the fear of going into your first mammogram and then saying, ‘You know what, I have to put it off because I can’t afford it.’”
To date, Kapule has raised nearly $5,000, and expects to meet her goal. The money she raises will help 25 women get mammograms or ultrasounds. (Visit Kapule's fundraising page.)
“My focus is really how can we help women or men who are facing the fear of diagnosis cope with that fear,” said Kapule.
She says fear kept her from getting a mammogram for six months after she turned 40.
“If there are women out there that are delaying because of fear, don’t let fear stand in your way of early detection,” she says.
Kapule never felt a lump or had any reason to suspect she might have breast cancer, but the mammogram said differently.
“I am a survivor thanks to that early detection ... this story might have been very different if I’d waited a year,” Kapule says.
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