San Diego Breast Cancer Survivor & Clown, Kathy Cannon, Urges San Diegans to Purchase Pink Ribbon License Plate

San Diego breast cancer survivor and clown, Kathy Cannon (Grandma Huggs), urges San Diegans to purchase Pink Ribbon license plate to help fund Every Woman Counts (EWC) state program. EWC pays for screening and diagnostic services for low-income women in California.

Kathy Cannon knows the importance of regular breast health screenings. A routine mammogram found a lump in her breast, which a biopsy confirmed was stage II breast cancer.

“I thought they mixed up my test results with the older woman who got her biopsy done before me,” said Kathy. “I was only 48 years old and couldn’t believe I had breast cancer.”

After a lumpectomy and grueling rounds of chemotherapy, she took Tamoxifen for six years, a medication developed by Susan G. Komen-funded research.

But Kathy’s breast cancer journey does not end there. She has been a strong supporter of Susan G. Komen® San Diego since 1999 when she participated in her first Race for the Cure.  Kathy also became a clown in 2003 and has been a staple at countless Komen San Diego free breast health screening events as “Grandma Huggs” ever since.

“Getting a clinical breast exam, mammogram, or other diagnostic screening test can be scary, but I applaud these women for taking control of their breast health” said Kathy. “I try to ease everyone’s worries, and be as joyful and supportive as I can.”

Because a routine mammogram helped save her life, Kathy is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to breast health screenings and diagnostic tests. She purchased a Pink Ribbon license plate from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which helps fund the California Department of Health Care Services’ Every Woman Counts program. This statewide program provides mammograms, breast cancer diagnostic services, education, and other breast cancer awareness services for low-income women in California.

In 2016, Komen San Diego helped pass statewide legislation to expand Every Woman Counts program eligibility to include symptomatic women under age 40 (who were previously ineligible for breast health screenings and diagnostic tests).


“When you purchase a Pink Ribbon license plate, you are giving women in California access to the health care services and education they deserve,” said Kathy. “I feel proud every time I see my Pink Ribbon license plate, because I know it helped save lives.”

To order your own Pink Ribbon license plate, click here.