A WISCONSIN WOMAN.
IS BEING HONORED FOR HER
WORK IN THE COMMUNITY, SPECIFICALLY
WITH THE SUSAN G KOMEN ORGANIZATION.
FRANCES HUNTLEY-COOPER WAS NAMED ONE OF THREE.
NEW CO-CHAIRS, AHEAD OF THIS WEEKEND'S RACE.
BUT THERE WAS A TIME.
WHEN THIS LEADER.
HAD TO ACCEPT OTHER PEOPLE'S HELP.
FRANCES says, I'm in my car, returning a rental somewhere.
FADE DOWN SOUND AT :48
THE CALL CAME AS A SURPRISE.
FADE SOUND UP AT FRANCES says, You know, there's
good news and there's bad news..:52
AND IN 2012, IT STOPPED A USUALLY BUSY.
FRANCES HUNTLEY-COOPER IN HER TRACKS.
FRANCES says, And my background is social work, so
I'm a pretty tough person, you know laughs..:00
IT WASN'T SO FUNNY.
WHEN DOCTORS DIAGNOSED HER WITH BREAST CANCER, JUST
SHY OF HER 60TH BIRTHDAY.
LUCKILY, THEY CAUGHT IT EARLY.
FRANCES says, They said, you're pretty independent
Frances, so we're just going to take over for you,
we know you're not going to ask for help, so we're
just going to, and they did laughs..:32
FOR THE FIRST TIME, FRANCES GAVE UP CONTROL AND LET
HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY MAKE MEALS AND DRIVE HER TO
AND AFTER A LUMPECTOMY AND MONTH OF RADIATION, FRANCES
FRANCES says, If I can reach out and help others,
that keeps me strong because I'm a very busy person
and I'm not going to let breast cancer or anything
to keep me from doing what I want to do..:45
FRANCES WAS NAMED A CO-CHAIR OF THIS YEAR'S RACE FOR
BUT SHE'S ALSO SERVED AS A FITCHBURG ALDERPERSON,
AND IS A MEMBER OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA.
CANCER COULDN'T STOP FRANCES FOREVER.
BECAUSE SHE CHOSE TO FIGHT, AND START LIVING LIFE
FRANCES says, I was fortunate to be diagnosed here
in the Madison-area with so many resources and support
because that doesn't happen
everywhere and for everyone..:08
WHILE FRANCES IS RETIRED..
SHE KEEPS GIVING BACK TO HER COMMUNITY, INCLUDING
BECOMING A NEW PATIENT SURVIVOR ADVOCATE AT U-W HOSPITAL,
WHERE SHE WAS TREATED.
DOCTORS MATCH HER WITH NEWLY DIAGNOSED BREAST CANCER
PATIENTS TO MENTOR THEM THROUGH THEIR JOURNEY.
AND A REMINDER.
THAT IT'S NOT TOO LATE.
TO SIGN UP FOR THE RACE FOR THE CURE.
IT'S HAPPENING SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 31ST.
AT WILLOW ISLAND.
YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE.
OR ON RACE DAY.
W-I-S-C T-V HAS A TEAM RACING, TOO.