We Run as One: Family bands together to beat breast cancer

BOISE -- A poster promoting the 2014 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure features a Treasure Valley breast cancer survivor, Raelene McDonough, and her family.

The poster reads, We Run as One.

That's because a breast cancer diagnosis impacts not just the patient, but the entire family.

Raelene was in her 40's, athletic and fit when she was diagnosed in 2012.

I just finished a duathlon the weekend before, I was training for a half marathon, she said.

The news was devastating.

There's a lot of tears and fear when you hear those words, said Raelene. I had 6 surgeries in 10 months. Three for cancer, three for reconstruction.

Raelene says her family's support is what got her through. The love of her husband Ron, and her four daughters.

She told me was diagnosed with cancer and it kind of shot a bolt of lightning through my body, said Ron, who still struggles to talk about the ordeal. It was the year of taking care of Rae.

For Rae's daughters, the diagnosis was scary too.

It was really life changing, said daughter Kenna. It kind of showed me how much my mom did a lot in my family.

Now, Raelene is a proud survivor. And this year, Komen Boise asked her to be a part of the poster campaign. Ron & two of her daughters are featured too.

It was just a great experience going into the studio and taking a hundred pictures with my family, said Raelene. It was very special.

The slogan, We Run as One, has a deeper meaning.

Raelene's Race for the Cure team is cleverly called Rae's for the Cure . She has over 40 people racing with her this year.

I have such a great support network, she said.

Her daughters love being a part of the team too.

Just all the pink, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there supporting the survivors, said Kenna.

Raelene says she hopes women who see her story, will be inspired to take control of their health. Regular mammograms saved her life. Now she's focused on living an even healthier lifestyle.

Go and do it and get a baseline at least and be proactive, she said. If you can't afford it, give Komen a call, they have monies to support you.

Now that Rae is feeling strong again, she has a whole new outlook on life.

I used to say in the beginning that it was the worst thing that ever happened to me, but now I say it's the best thing that ever happened to me because it changed my life. I have better connections with people and deeper relationships because you never know what's going to happen tomorrow.

The 2014 Race for The Cure is Saturday, May 10. You still have time to sign up and be a part of it. For more information, click here.


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