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Breast Cancer Survivor Making a Difference through the Pink Army

Mon 11/04/2013

Amy Perry is using her voice to help women in Central Florida through Florida Hospital’s Pink Army

ORLANDO, Fla. November 4, 2013 – Amy Perry is a survivor and a fighter.  After battling breast cancer twice, she joined Florida Hospital’s Pink Army two years ago in hopes of making a difference in the community and spreading the word about early detection.

“When I was first diagnosed in 2006, I came to the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute where I had the absolute best team of doctors and nurses.  They were just amazing, and I consider them a part of my family,” said Perry.  “When I heard about the Pink Army, I thought it was the perfect way for me to give back and support Florida Hospital and their fight against cancer-a place that has given so much to me.”

Perry comes from a family of cancer survivors, but has also lost many family members to the disease, particularly breast and ovarian cancers.  Due to this family history and her personal experiences with breast cancer in 2006 and 2009, she sought out genetic counseling in 2012 in the hope that she would prevent any future diagnosis and so that she could be an example for women to be proactive about their health, a significant goal of the Pink Army.

After learning she had a questionable mutation for ovarian cancer, Perry made the brave decision to undergo a precautionary hysterectomy.  “Having battled breast cancer twice before, I wanted to do whatever it took to prevent developing cancer, of any sort, again.  I knew that having a hysterectomy would significantly reduce my risk of ovarian cancer.  My motto has always been the sooner it is found, the sooner it will be treated.”

Now Perry is cancer free and in excellent health.  With a new outlook on life, she is showing her gratitude by giving back to the community.  Through the Pink Army, Perry has shared her incredible story, encouraged women to get mammograms, hosted a pink party to raise money for breast cancer research, volunteered, attended Pink Army events, and recruited peers to join.  Due to her active involvement, she is recognized as a “two time general” and is working on receiving her third star.

Perry gives enormous credit to the Pink Army for her admirable strength and positivity.  “I have been so blessed through this wonderful group of people who have joined forces to support one another and take a stand against breast cancer.  I never considered them strangers, but rather angels.  The Pink Army has given me a voice and the tools to make a difference and inspire others.  We really are like an army: we are much stronger together than individually.”

Florida Hospital Pink Army

The Florida Hospital Pink Army is a community initiative that’s purpose is to increase awareness of breast cancer and promote the importance of early detection and annual screening mammograms. The Pink Army also unites thousands of survivors and supporters in the war against breast cancer. To learn more, visit www.JoinThePinkArmy.com.

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