San Diego’s Deputy Fire Chief Named Susan G. Komen’s 2014 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor

Lorraine Hutchinson’s new role set to empower and educate San Diegans and African Americans about the importance of early detection.

Susan G. Komen San Diego announced Lorraine Hutchinson, a Deputy Chief in the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, as the 2014 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor. Hutchinson credits her mammogram, her family, her “firehouse family”, the drugs and


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Summoning Up the Healing Spirit…in a Flash

Imagine being on the brink of tremendous nationwide success with your home-grown business, and all of a sudden, you’re diagnosed with breast cancer. If you’re Lisa Hinkley, co-founder of the San Diego craft beer company Green Flash Brewing Company, you summon up the healing spirit that comes from a husband’s support, an inner drive to see your business idea succeed, and the amazing spirit to help others through Komen for the Cure...

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Irene Oberbauer

Fundraiser Extraordinaire

Over the past four years, Irene Oberbauer has raised more than $100,000 for Susan G. Komen, San Diego.  Put that in real terms:  $100,000 funds 800 lifesaving mammograms, 8 complete courses of chemotherapy or 2,000 days of meals for women struggling to put food on the table during treatment.

“Imagine.  Each of us has the control of potentially saving someone’s life by just asking the question, ‘Will you help?’” said Oberbauer.


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Manuel Hernandez, Co-Survivor

“My heritage as a Kumeyaay Indian from the Barona Band of Mission Indians fuels my passion for this cause as well. I have met too many women on the reservation who do not understand why it’s important for them to get regular screenings and be aware of their bodies.”

“We certainly have a lot to celebrate, but when I think that one in eight women will face breast cancer in her lifetime, I worry for my daughter, her friends, my mother and women everywhere. As men, we have to...

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Mother Ramos

Mother Ramos' story is told through her daughter, Maria.  Here is Maria's story:

Awareness is started out with my Mom telling my Dad she felt a her late-40's.  She had a cyst removed.  Then, years later, she made Dad aware she felt something else.  In her early 50's she had a mastectomy.  From then until now, in her late 70's...she has endured surgeries, clinical trials, radiation 2x , years of chemotherapy, bone injections...

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Meet Lourdes Moreno.

Lifelong professional cook. And in-treatment breast cancer patient since 2012. When 53-year-old Lourdes was diagnosed with breast cancer, she got two doses of bad news—her doctors told her the hot kitchen she worked in was unhealthy, and she needed to stop working in that environment. That day in the doctor’s office left her without income. Without health benefits. And with what she thought was a death sentence.

Luckily for Lourdes, a community surrounds her here


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I was 35, single, a successful Realtor and had the whole summer of fun and vacations ahead.  Just before leaving on my trip home, I found a lump under my armpit.  “It’s just a cyst, I’m sure.  I’m never sick,” I thought.  Fortunately I had it checked out and the next week when I was diagnosed was the beginning of my new life.  I had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and the birth of a new mindset.  

Breast cancer can be...

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There's busy, and there's Elida Valdivia. With four sons ages 1, 3, 11 and 20, and a constant balancing act between work and motherhood, there's rarely time left for anything else. But when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, she had no choice but to put herself first.

"I didn't know much about cancer before it happened to me," Valdivia said of her diagnosis. "I had heard some things on TV and in the community, but I was the first person in my family to get it, so it was scary. I didn't...

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Sonia is back. Back among the living.

The 41-year-old mom and grandmother first felt a lump in her breast three years ago at the age of 38. “I was told I was too young to have breast cancer; to stop wearing under wire bras…” Sonia said. “Since there was no history of breast cancer in my family they thought it was most probably a swollen lymph node.”

“I was getting older. My breasts were changing,” she said, believing that the lump was nothing to worry


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My name is Patricia Cacho-Gomez. I’m a 48 year old wife and mother of two.

I just wanted to share my story to let everyone know that no matter what stage you are diagnosed with, there will be challenges you need to fight and be strong.

I’m especially thankful and grateful for my wonderful family. From the day I was diagnosed with the “C” word, Manuel, my husband held me as if he was never going to let me go. His calm manner and patience helped me control my feelings and...

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Walter and His Mom Janice

David and Goliath.

Meet Walter Nesses. He’s our ‘David.’ Seventeen years young. Thousands of years old in his soul.

You’re already familiar with Goliath. Today we call it breast cancer.

This is the story of how Walter has discovered incredible powers to fight cancer starting with the power of one. Walter is a student at the San Diego Jewish Academy. And before we get to Goliath, you should know that just in this past year, Walter has had two brain surgeries performed on him....

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Eloisa's Story, told by her daughter Guadalupe:

“My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer Stage 4 in 2003. All we heard was ‘death sentence.’ After countless radiation and chemo treatments, we heard the words we wanted to hear—her cancer was in remission. Almost seven years passed when she started having symptoms where she couldn't eat and had trouble breathing. We had gone through a tough time already because my grandmother passed away November 13th, and we buried her...

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Juanita was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer when she was 49 years old. She went from having a tumor in her breast, to having 17 tumors throughout her body, even affecting her blood and lymph nodes.  She had been feeling exhausted and sick, but thought it was menopause.  When the doctors told her it was stage four, she thought there must be a five, six, seven, and eight.  She was all smiling at her first treatment while talking to the other women in the waiting room and


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Komen San Diego stepped in when no one else would.  Julia was in her early twenties when she felt the lump in her breast.  Now at age 27, she met a passionate practitioner of La Maestra Clinic – a recipient of a Komen San Diego grant awarded to Counsel of Community Clinics – who encouraged her to come in and receive an exam.  As a newlywed and a student, Julia hadn’t been able to afford regular checkups.   So she made an appointment with La Maestra...

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Olga was first introduced to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, San Diego when supporting a friend and participating in the three-day walk.  She started using a self examination card she received as a participant.  Olga did her own self-exam every year before she was eligible for annual mammograms, and then performed self exams in between annual appointments. 

Eight months before her next scheduled mammogram, Olga found a lump.  She saw her doctor right away to get checked,


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