Four Baton Rouge nonprofits host event honoring breast cancer survivors

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Four Baton Rouge nonprofits hosted ‘I Am A Survivor’ on Wednesday night to honor breast cancer survivors.

Nonprofits involved included Embracing With Value Foundation, 29:11 Academy, Noire Enterprises, and Influence Plug Organization.

At the event, cancer survivors had the opportunity to celebrate each other and share what got them through the journey.

“Some just got out of chemo today. We have somebody in the room who has been free for 10 years then we have someone who has been free for 10 months,” said Termaine Sterling, founder of 29:11 Academy.

Shavon Anderson beat breast cancer in 2017. Now, she’s doing her part in sharing her strength with other men and women diagnosed. 

“I cried and cried when I found out,” she said. “We always want to question, why me? But at this point, why not? Because someone has to go through something to help somebody else.”

Anderson is a mother and a teacher in Baton Rouge. She is devoting time to helping others overcome the same battle she faced.

“No matter what trials and tribulations you have in life you can get through it,” Anderson said.

The four nonprofits offer mentors who help guide those diagnosed with breast cancer.

“There is nothing like going through something and living to tell about it,” Sterling said.

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