BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Across the country, pink was the color of the day on Friday, October 25th. Even at 9News, staff members showed their support for breast cancer awareness. But the bright color means more to WAFB anchor Donna Britt.
She's delivered the day's headlines for years, but what you may not know is that she is also a breast cancer survivor.
"It crystallizes what's important in your life. How rich your life is, how lucky you are," said Donna, "I'm now five years after it, and I'm still squeaky clean, and it feels fantastic."
Donna was diagnosed in 2008 after a few routine mammograms revealed something unusual. The cancer was non-invasive, required a lumpectomy, and 23 rounds of radiation to treat.
Now, it is Donna's younger sister who is fighting breast cancer with the help and support of her family.
While Donna has a family history of breast cancer, stigmas kept her relatives from talking about it until after her diagnosis. This is why Donna continues to share her story and push people to look beyond "Pinktober" to understand what awareness truly means.
Donna explained that cancer awareness be more than just the focus of one month throughout the year.
"It's really important to get past what I call the pink parade," said Donna. "There is a whole lot of publicity about Breast Cancer awareness, but it can look like it's over there and not in your house. That's why you have to think about the fact that we carry cancer in our bodies and that it grabs hold in some of us because we have vulnerability."
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