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Become a Komen Ambassador


Interested in becoming a 2015 Komen Ambassador? Please download this application and return it to info@komenindy.org


Meet the 2014 Komen Ambassadors! These women represent some of the different faces of breast cancer here in Central Indiana, and they all are working individually and collectively to spread the importance of knowing your body and advocating for your health. Read on to find out more about each of this year's ambassadors!

 

 
 

Name: Michelle Cohen
County: Hamilton
# Years Survivorship: Since 2013
Type of Breast Cancer: Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), triple negative, BRCA +
Takeaway Thought/Message: “It takes a village!  The diagnosis of cancer is scary but you are not alone!  You will have an amazing army of supporters that fall in to place to hold you up and lift you up in prayer.  The best lesson of having cancer is what it has taught my children.  My children witnessed family, friends and complete strangers reaching out to us to assist us in our journey. Truly amazing!”
Personal Background: Michelle is a fitness instructor who teaches spinning and Pilates. She loves doing Bikram Yoga and is thrilled to be back to working out after taking a year off. Michelle has been married to her high school sweetheart Matt for 17 years and is mother to Emma, age 14, and Hank, age 9. They adopted a Portuguese Water Dog named Ozzie in August.
A Quote: Michelle had an army of support and a very positive outlook as she reflects on “the many gifts of cancer.” Now that the calendar says 2014, Michelle says “It’s time to get back to living.”

   
 

Name: Anita Thrasher
County: Hamilton
# Years Survivorship: Since 2006
Type of Breast Cancer: ER PR+
Takeaway Thought/Message: “Life is so precious. It is meant to be lived…I feel more alive and whole after the mastectomy than before.” 
Personal Background: Anita loves to read and work towards mastering her computer. She spends her free time with her grandson and her two cats. She is a Kroger employee and felt very appreciated and supported by her customers during her treatment. For Anita, cancer has helped put her life into perspective and she knows she can face anything with God’s help.
A Quote: “Cancer helped put my life in perspective.”

   
 

Name: Tonya Trotter
County: Marion
# Years Survivorship: Since 2012
Type of Breast Cancer: Stage 2, Triple Negative
Takeaway Thought/Message: Tonya shares a strong message of being proactive in seeking out treatment rather than waiting like she did. She feels fortunate to be alive given she put off following up on her lump.
Personal Background: Tonya has two children, a son (14) and daughter (12). She credits her family for providing her with great strength and offering amazing support.

   
 

Name: Amy Willis
County: Marion
# Years Survivorship: Since 2008
Type of Breast Cancer: Stage 1
Takeaway Thought/Message: “Having breast cancer has been a blessing in disguise. It lead me to start living a healthier and happier life… I know God gave me a wakeup call by surviving breast cancer, showing me that I’m a strong and valuable woman.”
Personal Background: Amy has two children, Tyler (19) and Olivia (16) who were her rocks during treatment. Amy’s mother passed away from breast cancer in 1999, causing Amy to be consistent in her annual mammograms. Amy and her children have taken part in the Komen Race for the Cure since 1996 and love volunteering and taking part in other Komen events. Amy is Owner and President of Investigations of Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, shopping, and traveling.
A Quote: “Mammograms save lives… I’m living proof! Every day above ground is a great day!”