DENISON, TX - As many as 200-thousand women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, but health experts say early detection will turn many of those women from cancer patients to cancer survivors. Jalah Gray show us that's what Texoma Medical Center wants you to remember when you "Think Pink."
Susan Hooper says she had no history of breast cancer in her family, when she was diagnosed in December of 2006.
She recalls the pain of that journey.
"I went through 18 chemo treatments, rounds of chemo, I had 7 surgeries, and I had 36 radiation treatments in about 14 months." said Hooper.
Because she survived, Hooper now dedicates her life to showing others they can beat it too.
Today she helped take bids on various items, like a pair of pink boots signed by Reba McEntire.
She says she's happy to be raising money for the cause, but for her, this event means so much more.
"It makes me feel wonderful to be able to help somebody go through that journey, it's a hard journey on a woman, it's a terrible journey on a family." Hooper said.
Hooper was declared cancer free in June of 2008, and she says the experience completely redirected her life.
"It is my passion now, mainly my passion is to see that women do get their mammograms women are familiar with changes in their bodies, women take care of themselves, that's my main concern." said Hooper.
You don't have to be a breast cancer survivor to think pink, even volunteers here realize the importance of creating awareness and lending an ear.
"She told me her story and my heart just melted and I said I have to help these people." said Selina Stone.
It's Selina Stone's first year volunteering at "Think Pink".
She says having a mother and grandmother who had breast cancer, inspired her to reach out and help others.
"It's very heart warming to see what they're going through and just trying to be there to support them in every way we can." Stone said.
"If we touch woman in that one event we've done our job, if we get one woman tonight to call tomorrow and schedule a mammogram we've done our job." Hooper said.