Do your part to raise awareness this month

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My mom is the funniest person I know.

Not in a stand-up comedian kind of way, but in the way that she thought the poop emoji was a person in a tent. Sometimes she texts me, “You got me straight trippin’, Boo,” because she heard Eugene Levy say that once in a Queen Latifah movie. If she can’t hear something my father says, she claims it’s because she doesn’t have her glasses on.

But in the midst of all the silly, there’s also a layer of sweet.

Often when I call her and ask what she’s doing, her answer is, “Reading my Bible.” She taught elementary school for many, many years, and her former students – many of them grown and married, with children of their own – still keep in touch with her.

She’s just … special.

And in 2000, we almost lost her.

My sweet, angelic mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she fought. She did chemo and radiation, lost all her hair and kept showing up to teach her classes and fight the good fight. She has since retired and heard those blessed words “cancer free,” but she still takes a lot of medication and the fatigue is sometimes too much to bear.

My mother’s birthday is Oct. 28. That’s also the day that The Sealy News will be hosting Bras for a Cause, a wonderful event that raises money for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for Breast Care with Memorial Hermann-Katy. You can help by donating a decorated bra to the Saddleback Saloon. They’ll be displayed, modeled by local male celebrities in a fashion show and auctioned off. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Saddleback in downtown Sealy.

If you aren’t able to participate in the fundraiser or make a donation, just help us spread the word about breast cancer awareness. Wear a pink ribbon. Share information on Facebook. Ladies, get those annual mammograms and encourage your loved ones to do the same.

This disease affects so many people, and while not everyone comes out on the other side as a survivor like Becky Towery, early detection can certainly be an advantage.

Let’s all do our part.

April Towery is the managing editor for The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or via email at editor@sealynews.com. 

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