Breast Cancer Survivors Honored At Kentucky Downs

By: Kristin Martin Email
By: Kristin Martin Email

They won the fight against breast cancer, and this afternoon they were honored in the Winner's Circle after the first race at Kentucky Downs.

"The ladies here today -- a lot of them have never been to a race track and they're getting to see the horses for the first time, and that's exciting," said Marilyn Mitchell.

It's part of Horses and Hope, which is a project Kentucky First Lady, Jane Beshear, began.

"We want the survivors to celebrate the horse industry in Kentucky, our signature industry, and to have a great day and have fun and enjoy life," said Mary Midkiff, who is on the Pink Stable Committee for Horses and Hope.

Mitchell is a 12 year survivor. She once had stage two cancer, and she said animals were a huge part of her inspiration to get through it.

"I had a herd of goats that I milked and fed the babies with bottles, and I knew that they were depending on me. So, animals are very important in our lives. Everybody in the horse industry knows that and that's why we're here today," she said.

The purpose of today's event was not only to celebrate breast cancer survivors, but to encourage the women watching the races to get checked regularly.

"It's important that everybody on the backside, all the ladies out there, have screenings, have mammograms on a regular basis. I found my own tumor. They need to be trained in how to locate problems early on, because that's the secret to survival," Mitchell said.

For women fighting cancer right now, she also said...

"You have to have a positive attitude. Hope is the key to survival."

Today was the first time Horses and Hope visited Kentucky Downs.
Kentucky Downs gave a $2,500 check to the foundation, which Midkiff said has screened over 900 women for free.

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