400 Utah Highway Patrol Officers Rally Behind Fellow Trooper Diagnosed With Breast Cancer
In an act of sheer camaraderie, 400 Utah Highway Patrol troopers are wearing pink to show support for one of their own, according to the Deseret News. Throughout the rest of the year, the officers will pin a ribbon above their nameplate in honor of fellow trooper Bonnie Kunz.
Kunz is a highway patrol member who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39. She found the lump herself and took proactive steps to get a mammogram.
“The enormous support that I’ve gotten from them has been tremendous — huge,” Kunz told the source. “And I can’t believe it. I truly can’t.”
Kunz also extended some words of advice to other women.
“If you think something is off, something probably is off,” Kunz told the source. “Get it checked out.”
Early detection is key
Self-examinations are widely recommended to detect lumps that can turn out to be breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends getting yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. Additionally, depending on family history, some women may benefit from getting yearly MRIs as well. You can sign up for a screening reminder on the organization’s website.