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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's Featured Survivor: Helen Sarabia

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Helen Sarabia, 84

How long in Juneau: 84 years

Immediate family: Husband: Edward; Children: Gloria, Barbara, Edward, Lisa, Patricia, Norman, Teresa, Virginia

Hobbies: Volunteer work, working to restore Tlingit language

Occupation: Retired from work in Excursion Inlet Cannery and Older Alaskans Commission

Years as a survivor: 41

“I had four cancer operations. My husband was with me the first two times. Then after we lost him, my children were there with me and God bless them. I’m just glad to be here with my family. When I started chemo, that was pretty bad. Without them I think I would have thrown in the towel.”

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If you, or someone you know is a Southeast Alaska breast cancer survivor, please send contact information to the Empire at editor@juneauempire.com. Data can also be mailed to Charles Ward, Interim Managing Editor, c/o the Juneau Empire, 3100 Channel Dr., Juneau, AK 99801, or dropped off at our office. Please provide contact information for the survivor in the submission.

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