Barren County woman advocates cancer awareness

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

You or someone you know is probably wearing a yellow Livestrong bracelet. The bracelets represent cancer awareness and were created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation after he beat testicular cancer.

Every dollar raised by the purchase of the yellow bracelets goes to cancer awareness.

A Barren County guidance counselor feels exceptionally strong about wearing hers.

Amy Anderson is a mom, a guidance counselor, a co-worker, a friend and a breast cancer survivor.

"It was very shocking," Anderson said reflecting on finding out she had cancer.

Anderson was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 31-years-old in October of 2004.

"While young people mostly think breast cancer only strikes older women, I think the statistic is each year over 11,000 women under the age of 40 will be struck by breast cancer," Anderson said.

She also had no family history and no risk factors of breast cancer.

"I hope to do my part in spreading awareness to young women in particular," Anderson said and that's exactly what she is doing.

Anderson has been involved in two of the area's Relay for Life teams and now she's making her way to Washington D.C. to raise awareness and help increase funding for cancer research.

"I'm excited to get to represent survivors from Kentucky," Anderson said.

Anderson has been selected to be one of 200 advocates for Livestrong Day. She will take research and statistics to our Congressmen. Click here to view the press release announcing Anderson's attendance at Livestrong Day.

"Kentucky specifically has the eighth highest rate of cancer incidents in the country," Anderson explained.

"I think the Livestrong program is all about empowering and inspiring others and I think that's what she does at our school everyday," said Cortni Crews, a friend and co-worker of Anderson's.

She remembers when Amy was diagnosed with cancer and said there is no better person to represent Kentucky.

"She was a great example to all of us you would have never known. She was so professional - kids always came first. You wouldn't have known she was ever going through anything in her personal life," Crews said.

"I was determined not to be a sick person in their eyes and to try and maintain normalcy for them," Anderson said and she did this so she could go back to her most important role, being a mom.

Anderson has been cancer-free since May 2005.

Cancer survivors like Amy say support is one of the best ways to cope. That's why on May 11, 2007, Anderson will be speaking at Relay for Life for Barren County Middle School.

She hopes to turn Barren County Middle School yellow with Livestrong bracelets by the time she goes to Washington D.C. on May 16.

To find out more on Lance Armstrong's fight against cancer on Capitol Hill, click here and to learn more about Livestrong, click here or visit

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