Buddy Check: Bold is Beautiful


FORTY FORT, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Each person diagnosed with breast cancer has their own story to tell. For this month’s Buddy Check, our Jasmine Brooks sat down with an inspiring woman named Mary Lisa Leda at the Center for Cancer Wellness, Candy’s Place. Mary Lisa calls it her “coming out” moment. After losing all of her hair from Chemotherapy, she found the confidence to toss her wig and focus on beating Breast Cancer. Mary said, “My journey began August 24, 2012 when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, which is very aggressive.” She took action immediately, undergoing Chemotherapy, Radiation, and a double Mastectomy. Now Cancer free for three years, Mary Lisa continues to come to the Center for Cancer Wellness, Candy’s Place. Because the non-profit in Kingston has been such a positive outlet in her life, she encourages others who have been diagnosed with Cancer to visit. Whether it be through a support group, Yoga class, or a private conversation. Mary Lisa is described as being fun and energetic–and she needs her energy to play with her two grandchildren and new puppy. She credits her husband of 36-years for standing by her side through the hardest of times. She says her advice to those battling Cancer, “You have to be your own advocate through this. You have to do what you feel is best for you, not what other people tell you to do”. Candy’s Place holds an annual fashion show at the Woodlands in Plains Township. This year’s event is July 10th.. and will kick off the 7th year for the popular fundraiser. And as always, our Buddy Check is the perfect opportunity for you to call your buddy to remind them to do a breast self-exam. It’s a call that could save a life.

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Each month, we feature people and events in the fight against Breast Cancer and other devastating cancers. We share inspiring stories of survival from people throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania in hopes it will help others live a healthy, happy life.

Gallery of Hope

Awareness, screenings, and early detection are the keys in the fight against breast cancer. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 97%. That’s why Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania created the Gallery of Hope.

Since 2000, the Gallery of Hope has been sharing the stories of breast cancer survivors from throughout northeastern and north central Pennsylvania . . . women and men whose experiences help us educate others.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

Learn more at www.nationalbreastcancer.org.


The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.

Learn More at www.nbcam.org.

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