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“Cancer may never go away. But my hope is that the momentum and the care and compassion in our community never stops.” – Emily Long
Emily Long is determined: there are no excuses. Palmetto Health Foundation is just as determined as Emily is, and together with the Columbia community, they are working hard to eliminate any excuse that someone can use to justify procrastinating their mammogram appointment.
When her world was rocked by a breast cancer diagnosis three years ago, Emily was immediately surrounded by a supportive community and Palmetto Health Breast Center.
“It’s hard to know where to start and which doctors to call,” Emily said. “My Nurse Navigator (from Palmetto Health) relieved me of that burden and helped pave the way. All I had to do was put one foot in front of the other.”
Today, Emily is a survivor and she’s helping others fight breast cancer through her volunteer work. She was the Featured Breast Cancer Survivor and the event chair for the 2016 Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon and is back at the helm again this year.
All of the money raised through the event stays right here in the Columbia community and this year, proceeds
will help fund a 7th 3D mammography machine. Adding another 3D mammography machine will increase the community’s access to the most advanced technology to help with early detection and diagnosis.
“There is so much that I love about the Walk for Life event,” Emily said. “I love that all the money raised through Palmetto Health Foundation’s Walk for Life, Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5k + 10k stays here in our community. I love to see survivors wearing and waving their bandanas as they join the mass of people on the walk and race routes. I love seeing families out supporting their family members, friends, neighbors and strangers alike.”
Participating in the Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon allows for the community to not only show their support, but to continually give back to the community in the form of new equipment to ensure that everyone has convenient and readily available access to the best technology.
“Cancer may never go away,” Emily said. “But my hope is that the momentum and the care and compassion in our community never stops.”