Susan G. Komen Ozark is on a mission to contribute to the needs of those fighting breast cancer as well as its survivors. To do that, the organization relies heavily on a strong network of volunteers.
Many of them join in the cause for their own various reasons. Tiffany Blankenship has more than just significant one life event that sparked her involvement.
“For the last few years, actually, I’ve been a top fundraiser,” Blankenship stated matter of factly with a smile.
Blankenship has taken part in the organization’s Race for the Cure event every year since it started two decades ago.
“We are the Ta Ta warriors.” Blankenship shared with big grin which was followed by a laugh.
Though Blankenship was all smiles talking about the team she has formed and recruited, you quickly notice the walls at Kent Bicycles in Bentonville filled with memories and accomplishments related to Komen Ozark. Those mementos showcase her dedication to the battle against breast cancer.
“I have … met several females and males that have had the same diagnosis and [I] have watched them battle and fight their fight. [I] have lost friends along the way and I hate it. I hate cancer,” Blankenship explained.
Blankenship got involved to honor the cancer battle her cousin fought and lost. However it was a twist of fate about five years ago that made Komen’s mission even more important for her to be a part of.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through that battle and am proud to say I’m a survivor,” Blankenship shared.
She said her own battle was a quick one and was given a clean bill of health just months following her diagnosis. That experience reminds Blankenship why she stays involved with Komen Ozark.
“This now gives me an opportunity to be more involved with Komen and give back,” Blankenship offered.
She encourages anyone interested to join her at the upcoming Swing for the Cure event to show support for the cause.
“To have a support team is so important,” Blankenship explained. “To have people rally around you, you do feel like you can do anything and just keep fighting.”
Blankenship is proud that, over the years, Kent Bicycles has donated 25 Komen-braded bikes that you see at the annual Race for the Cure. She asks you to join her at Komen Ozark’s Swing for the Cure event at the Shadow Valley Country Club in Rogers on October 12.
Click here for information on how you can take part in the fight against breast cancer.