Ribbon Report Spotlight

This month’s Ribbon Report Spotlight is Amanda Griffith!

How and why did you become involved with Susan G. Komen VA Blue Ridge? I became involved in the summer of 2016. I was given a Hometown Hero award from Modern Woodmen of America and the charity I chose to donate to was Komen VA Blue Ridge. I visited the SGK VA Blue Ridge office to present the check and meet the staff.

Describe an uplifting moment you experienced during your time with Susan G. Komen VA Blue Ridge? It has to be planning, organizing, executing and seeing the Pink Tie Gala, my race fundraiser for Komen be a great success! Our community came together and came out and supported it and I have never been more proud of anything in my life! When doing the gala, I put together a video tribute which highlighted local survivors and those we have lost who have fought breast cancer. The video was viewed over 11,000 times. It was extremely emotional to see all the faces and think about the many lives that have been impacted in a small-town like mine by breast cancer.

What advice would you give to community members about Susan G. Komen? Get involved! Read up on the mission! Everybody goes shopping at Valley View! While you’re over there, stop in and meet the staff and see how you can get involved. Get a few friends together and do the race next year!

What keeps you motivated and committed to Susan G. Komen’s mission? Living! I know that sounds silly, but the fact that I made it through keeps me motivated and committed! I fought the breast cancer battle and came out on the other side and that means I have a purpose remaining here on earth! I was only 38 years old when I was diagnosed. I’m a wife, a mom…and that tiny lump turned my entire world upside down. I was so scared in the beginning but so many survivors came to me and showed me that I could WIN! Now I’m one of those survivors and I think it’s crucial that I do as much as I can to give back and Komen helps me achieve that with education, screenings and research.

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