BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Woman’s Hospital celebrated breast cancer survivors on Friday with a special parade in their honor.
Breast and GYN cancer survivors in all stages of their journey took their victory lap at Woman’s Hospital’s annual parade to celebrate life as they overcome some of the toughest challenges.
“So I got into the ring, put the gloves on and I fought it and beat cancer and now I am cancer-free,” said breast cancer survivor Tracey Neldare.
Nearly 35 breast and GYN cancer survivors also stepped into the ring and joined grand marshal Neldare in their pink for this year’s Celebrate Life parade.
“Amazing, it was just amazing to lead these beautiful women that have fought breast cancer, fought and won the battle, those who are going through the battle, or who have lost those in the battle,” said Neldare.
In April 2020, Neldare got life-changing news after finding a lump while in the shower.
“I found a lump while doing a breast exam in the shower and because of COVID-19, I really didn’t want to go to a hospital or doctor’s office and with much thought, much prayer, and conversation with my family, my husband, and I decided we better get it checked,” Neldare explained. “I felt like a lot of people feel — death. I knew I had something to fight for.”
Several groups were scattered across Woman’s Hospital’s campus cheering on warriors.
“It’s always a good day when you are able to help someone battle cancer and be their best,” said Director of Gynecologic Oncology Dr. Anthony Evans
He said there are some signs women need to be aware of.
“People often feel some bloating, swelling in the abdomen, abnormal bleeding is usually a top tip-off,” he said.
Neldare said this test has become her testimony.
“I survived and I did survive to tell my story. They can also be a survivor to tell their story,” she said.
Local doctors encouraged women to continue to attend their regular doctor’s appointments and to make sure receive their mammograms.