Sunday, June 7, 2009

Two stories of women coping with triple negative

“We’re a package deal.”

That’s how Heather Gideon describes her relationship with Angie Huxtable.

So when Huxtable agreed to be in today’s style show for the annual Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska, Gideon said, there was absolutely no question she would appear on the runway as well.
The style show is just one of the many activities that will help raise money for cancer research as part of the 2009 
Cattlemen’s Ball, which has a goal of collecting $1 million.
Whatever amount is raised will go to the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center and local health care organizations.

That money for research is important to both Wood River women, who were each diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2007.

While Huxtable remains cancer free, Gideon’s cancer re-emerged just months after her initial round of treatment was finished. Gideon is now diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.

“I’ve been given one to four years to live,” said Gideon, who noted there is no current treatment that doctors say will cure her cancer.

Treatments now are designed to hold the cancer at bay.

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