Twins are making strides against breast cancer

9:15 AM, Sep 15, 2011   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL -- Twin sisters are fighting the battle against breast cancer, one as a survivor, the other as a fundraiser and caregiver.

"I never said, 'Why me?' I said, 'Thank God for me because I wouldn't want her to go through it,'" breast cancer survivor  Tanya Nelson said.

Sonya Gabriele and Tanya Nelson look and even dress alike, but their health couldn't be more different. Tanya was diagnosed with breast cancer just over two years ago. She had a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation and continues to take tamoxifen. Sonya hasn't had breast cancer, though neither have the BRAC gene. These 38-year-olds are making strides to make sure other women don't have to go through the same ordeal.

"This year, the Florida campaign is 'Put on Your Pink Bra.' The pink bra is a symbol of the personal fight against breast cancer. We encourage all women to come out this year on October 22nd locally and throughout the Tampa Bay area, and to not just wear a pink bra, but to decorate it based on your personal journey as a survivor or a supporter," Tanya said.

Tanya and Sonya appeared in a local ad campaign to encourage men and women to take part in a 3.2-mile walk at several sites across the Bay area. benefiting the American Cancer Society.  You can put on a pink bra and join Sonya, Tanya, and 10 News at an event near you in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Polk Counties.

Click on the Put on Your Pink Bra link to sign up.

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