Even Touch Chicks Cry: One Woman’s Breast Cancer Battle
Sharon Sergeant is one of six women who will share their stories about surviving breast cancer on Saturday, May 10. According to Sioux Falls ABC affiliate KELO TV, the ladies were chosen to stand up as a part of the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer, which is an annual event that takes place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Not only will Sergeant tell others about her battle with breast cancer, but she volunteered to help organize the race.
The six women who will speak also participated in a photo shoot to promote the race. They all donned black and pink boxers’ robes and pink gloves. The tough chick look is nothing new for Sergeant, who is a black belt martial artist. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40, news that wasn’t a surprise – cancer runs in Sergeant’s family and she’s a carrier of the BRCA2 gene.
Sergeant underwent a double mastectomy and three rounds of chemotherapy to fight the illness. She also had a hysterectomy as a preemptive measure, as she had a high risk of developing ovarian cancer as well. Through it all, Sergeant remained positive, staying strong for her husband and children. However, she’s making no promises for the day of the race.
“I guarantee you there will be tears on Saturday. There always are. I cry every single race. It’s not tears of sadness, or tears of fear; it is tears of hope and camaraderie,” Sergeant told the source.