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Are You Reminding Your Sister? Local Woman Glad She Did

7:34 PM, Mar 11, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Do you have sisters? Are you reminding them to do Buddy Check 12?

Teresa Porter, a Jacksonville businesswoman, has a sister so close to her in age they're almost twins. They're only 10 months apart.

Their grandmother died from breast cancer so they've always been extra careful to stay vigilant about checking for breast cancer.

In fact, they started doing Buddy Check 12 years ago. Porter said, "Buddy Check 12 got us started."

They kept up the reminders even after Teresa's sister moved to Dallas.

They admit to slacking off every so often. But they talked enough on Buddy Check days to stay vigilant most of the time.

One of those times saved Porter's sister. She found a lump the size of a pea, catching her cancer early in Stage 1.

Porter said she was the one to cry during the cancer experience. Her sister, however, shed her wig and tackled everything with spunk.

Most of all, Porter is grateful her sister is still alive. Now she reminds everyone to check, including her co-workers at Coastline Mortgage in Baymeadows.

If you want to make sure somebody you love out of town is doing Buddy Check, send a free kit to your family member.

HELP:

  • Call our partner, Baptist, at 904-202-CARE. Kits are mailed at no cost to you anywhere in the world.
  • If you can't afford a mammogram, you might qualify for a free one. Call our M-Line at 1-877-969-6266 or  1-887-9-MY-MAMO. Jeannie Blaylock set up the M-Line because she believes all woman deserve a mammogram, even if they can't afford it.  She says thousands of women have called so far.  

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