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Breeders' Cup 2017

Help a son pay it forward to his mom

Survivors Parade
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire


A Guest Blog by Jarrod Harrok 

When my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I was a teenager and too immature to understand the gravity of her condition. When her cancer returned five years later, it was a shock to the system. 

My mom was always a healthy person, so the first diagnosis came out of left field. Surgery and radiation were the preferred methods of treatment. She got healthy again and life was normal for the next five years. 

Her regular doctor visits continued and a small tumor showed up on a routine X-ray. In addition to her cancer returning, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My mom was not initially worried about herself, but more concerned that I would be left alone without a family. Following a brief moment of weakness, she was ready to resume the battle.

Stage 4 breast cancer meant the scary possibility of lung removal, but that option was swept under the rug. Tamoxifen was the prescription of choice, and she fought the good fight with a healthy lifestyle and positive attitude, beating long odds and remaining cancer-free for the last 19 years. 

My mom introduced me to horse racing at a young age and I am proud to be a part of this wonderful industry, thanks to her. She told me a few months ago that she was coming to Louisville for her birthday on May 1 and wanted to attend the 2014 Kentucky Derby.


The other day, I read the Churchill press release about the 2014 Survivors Parade. I knew this was my chance to pay it forward. I nominated my mom.  

On Kentucky Oaks Day, 140 cancer survivors will be invited to participate in the Survivors Parade. 

If you would like my mom to be part of the parade, and I hope you do, I ask you to please visit her profile page, and help this dream become a reality - http://survivors.kentuckyderby.com/survivors/1159. You can vote once a day for Angela Cambouris through March 31. The top 140 vote-getters will be announced on April 1. Thank You!


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Thanks for the news! Glad she made it.
Thanks for the voting support. Just found out that my mom made it into the parade!
Just voted for your mom. Good luck.
One more vote. Hope your mom gets to be in the parade.
Ty you all for voting! We are slowly growing! This is all a special Journey! :)
I voted.
I voted, Jarrod! My own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; she lived another 20 years, with one recurrence in the interim. Good luck to both you and your mother!
stats depend upon the stage and cell type. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-survival-by-stage
worked in an oncology clinic for three weeks as a snior...TOUGH work
Your mom has to be very proud of you, Jarrod. I am voting early and often!
I recently lost my best friend and Dad due to this. The 2 of you have my greatest respect for thinking about your Moms and the importance to them. Just remember,this is the icing on the cake. They already did the hard part.As someone who walked the CD Track on Derby Day last year. Believe me when i tell you.It is a moment that they will cherish and never forget.Especially if they are racing fans as you say.
just voted - good luck!
Thanks, everyone. Your assistance is much appreciated!
Best of luck! We voted!
good luck, got my votes
I voted!
I voted yesterday and will continue to do so. You should be very proud of your, Mom!
Voted today ... Good luck, Jarrod!

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