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Milwaukee Mother-Daughter Cancer Survivors Prepare to Make Strides

PHOTO: A suburban Milwaukee mother and her daughter, both breast cancer survivors, will participate in the 20th annual American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walk. presented by Kohl's Cares, on Saturday at Veteran's Park in Milwaukee. Both say they are alive to tell their story today because they are firm believers in self-examination and early detection. Photo credit: MakingStridesWalk.org
PHOTO: A suburban Milwaukee mother and her daughter, both breast cancer survivors, will participate in the 20th annual American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walk. presented by Kohl's Cares, on Saturday at Veteran's Park in Milwaukee. Both say they are alive to tell their story today because they are firm believers in self-examination and early detection. Photo credit: MakingStridesWalk.org
May 1, 2015

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - There was no way for Jill Karas of St. Francis to predict in 2008 that she would soon be facing a breast-cancer diagnosis. Nor could she imagine that in 2013 her daughter Gina, who lives in Pewaukee, would be diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.

Both went through extensive treatment and now are survivors. Jill Karas said it really was not hard to decide to have a double mastectomy.

"I didn't want to deal with it any more," she said. "I did not want to have to look at cancer again. It was just breasts. I still have my life, and that was more important than any body part."

Daughter Gina Karas said her mom's experience meant early detection would be the key for her. After a self exam and then a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer, she would face 22 rounds of chemotherapy and several surgeries.

"If I never got it checked out or I just thought nothing of it," she said, "I probably would not be here today or would not be able to say that I'm cancer free."

The 20th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walk. presented by Kohl's Cares, will be held Saturday at Veterans Park in Milwaukee. Jill and Gina said the event, which has raised nearly $7 million for cancer research in the past five years, has special meaning to them as cancer survivors.

The American Cancer Society estimates that this year more than 4,300 Wisconsin women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 720 will die from it. Gina Karas said breast cancer can affect anyone - and she has advice for all women, young or old.

"Always make sure you give yourself your exams," she said, "just to make sure that you catch anything if - God forbid - anything happens, but also to those who will be diagnosed or are diagnosed, just to fight and never give up."

When she and her daughter see that "sea of pink" Saturday at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Jill Karas said, it gives both of them a special feeling.

"It's heartwarming to know that you're in the sisterhood with all these other women," she said. "You all have something in common, and we're all there, we're still fighting, we're still raising dollars for the American Cancer Society."

More information is online at MakingStridesWalk.org/MilwaukeeWI.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI