JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Another member of the First Coast News team is a Buddy Check 12 survivor.
As is well known in the community, news anchor Donna Deegan did her own self exam through Buddy Check. Her smart action helped save her life.
Now our news administrative assistant, Bernie Barlow, is celebrating her success at fighting off advanced breast cancer.
Barlow is a well-loved employee at First Coast News; as one staff member said, she's "our resident psychologist."
Barlow has a marvelous ability to listen to needs and help resolve them. That's why her office in the newsroom is always a place for very important conversations and comfort.
A woman of faith and strength, according to On Your Side reporter Ken Amaro, Barlow said finding breast cancer as an employee almost seems like divine intervention to her. She said Buddy Check 12 is ever-present at the office and she couldn't possibly forget her self exams.
It was a self exam that saved her life. She said her lump felt like a hard walnut.
Her oncologist, Dr. Troy Guthrie at Baptist Hospital, said Barlow caught her cancer at an early stage, Stage 2a. It had not spread to any lymph nodes, he said.
If you want a free Buddy Check 12 kit, just call 904-202-CARE. We mail kits anywhere in the world for free.
If you can't afford a mammogram, call 1-877-9-MY-MAMO. Our M-Line is our project with Komen for the Cure North Florida, the Race for the Cure folks.
Buddy Check 12 has saved more than 300 lives on our First Coast.
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