By Jeannie Blaylock
First Coast News
YULEE, FL -- It won't take hours and hours. In fact, it just might be the easiest homework assignment ever. And the best.
Teacher Tracy Tanner at Yulee Primary is asking her students to go home and ask their moms if they have a buddy. If not, she says, "Tell them to get a buddy."
Mrs. Tanner knows why her assignment is so important. She says Buddy Check 12 saved her life.
It was in 1998. She was outside gardening and came in to wash up. She heard me say on the news that it was Buddy Check 12 day and time to do a self exam.
Tracy found a lump. That sent her to the doctor. Ironically, the cancer was in a different spot.
But she found it.
Now, after several years, Tracy can see what she would have missed if she hadn't caught her breast cancer in time.
She loves her students in Nassau County and she has a brand new granddaughter.
Oh, and she's learned to ride a motorcycle. (Big braggin' subject, here!)
Tracy has two sisters. Breast cancer has hit all of them now. One sister, Tracy says, didn't get in the loop of early detection and she's passed away.
So Tracy is determined to tell everybody she knows to do Buddy Check 12.
We applaud her for sharing her story with her students.
Get an A on that homework assignment and you could save your mom's life.
Is your family checking?
We've made it easy for you. We'll mail you a Buddy Check 12 kit with reminder stickers for free. Just call our partner, Baptist Health, at (904)202-CARE. The kit is packed with information on early detection.
Next month we'll be focusing on the 15th Anniversary of Buddy Check 12. We'll have special reports on First Coast News. We have lots to celebrate!
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