LaPeatra Anderson walks for those in her same shoes.
It was less than a decade ago when the 44-year-old Conway woman discovered a lump and soon after was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer.
“My life changed dramatically,” she said. “My life went from zero to 100 within a couple of weeks.”
The mother of three who’s worked as a nurse underwent several operations, including a mastectomy and numerous surgeries to deal with complications.
“It was kind of hard going from being the nurse to the patient,” she said. “That was one of my biggest struggles.”
Now, Anderson, a breast cancer survivor, encourages others to get mammograms and check for signs of breast cancer. While her grandmother had been diagnosed with the disease in her 70s, Anderson never imagined herself in the same situation.
“I took it lightly before I got diagnosed,” she said. “I didn’t really see the big picture.”
On Saturday, she was one of 200 survivors of the disease joined by many others who participated in a walk in Murrells Inlet to raise awareness of the disease and money for the Tidelands Health Foundation Breast Care Fund, which helps provide mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women. About $40,000 was raised for the fund.
Walkers dressed in pink, some sporting tutus or wings, as they strolled a route that included parts of the Waccamaw Medical Park East campus and Macklen Avenue during the first week of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.