By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock was covered in pink on Saturday as thousands of people lined up for the 16th annual Race for the Cure. For every dollar raised during the race, 75 cents stays in Lubbock to help battle breast cancer.
The race kicked off at 8:45 this morning and was a first for survivor Rebecca Castillo. "I found out I had cancer late last October," she said. "You just don't want to hear it. My best friend Leslie was with me and we just cried and balled."
Over the next year Rebecca's life would begin to change as she started chemotherapy, some changes harder to bear than others. "My hair was thick and long and black. I always donated to locks of love every other year at least 12 to 10 inches," said Rebecca. "Noticing that it was still coming off and had to completely shave it off, standing in front of the mirror it's like you were stripped. That honestly will make or break you."
Rebecca wasn't about to give in. Digging deep down for the strength, she relied on her family, friends, and faith in God. "As far as you letting this defeat you the answer is no. You just buck up and learn to live."
While Rebecca lost a little bit of her identity from the cancer, she in return gained a new one as a member of the "Ta-Ta Tribe". "We just became this big group of friends," said Rebecca.
All sporting colorful feathered headbands, bandanas, and shirts saying Ta-Ta Tribe, the group of supporters and survivors made the race a celebration of triumph over cancer. "It's… there's just no words to describe how amazing it is as a breast cancer survivor. It's just amazing," she said.
Rebecca still has one more scan in November before finding out if she is completely cured, but for her the results are already in. "My family and church family we all believe and I believe that its cured," said Rebecca.
It's better to catch cancer early, so starting at age 20 women should get breast exams every three years and then once each year after 40-years-old. Learn more about breast cancer or how you can donated to Lubbock's Susan G. Komen foundation (clicking here)
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