Breast cancer walk

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Photo of Ione Jacobs, breast cancer survivor

Ione Jacobs �71, and a long-time employee of the Student Health Services, is a two-year breast cancer survivor.

There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

To help honor them, St. Cloud State University is hosting the third annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® 5K walk 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse.

"It’s not too late to get involved by joining a team, volunteering or decorating a ribbon to honor a breast cancer survivor," said Corie Beckerman, director of Student Health Services. "Many students, student groups, alumni and campus staff have already signed up to participate. Join us!"

This year’s St. Cloud State honorary survivor is Ione Jacobs ’71, a longtime employee of the Student Health Services and a mother and grandmother. Jacobs, a two-year breast cancer survivor, believes that family, friends and co-workers helped her overcome the agony she endured as a cancer patient.

“For me, the fear of chemotherapy was greater than any pain I ever had, but I overcame this pain with support from people around me,” Jacobs said.

The walk is designed to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about reducing their cancer risk, and raise money to fund life-saving research and support programs.

“The outlook for breast cancer cure is much brighter today than it was several years ago,” Jacobs said. “Cancer awareness and research have made it possible for people like me to celebrate another birthday.”

For more info contact Corie Beckermann, the 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer chairperson, at or (320) 308-4848.

Online registration information is available at

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