Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Nicole Hallingstad

Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2009

Age: 43.

Juneau resident: Since 2003, but born in Petersburg.

Family: Brother, Skip Hallingstad; parents, Casper and Luella Hallingstad, of Petersburg.

Hobbies: Baking, reading, watching movies, playing volleyball and leisure travel when possible. Also serves on the Cancer Connection board and is involved in the organization Native People for Cancer Control out of the University of Washington.

Occupation: Vice president and corporate secretary, and vice president of human resources, Sealaska Corp.

Kind of cancer: Breast cancer.

Years surviving: Two years.

Diagnosed: August 2007.

Quote: "I was single when I was diagnosed and moved to Seattle with no family for treatment. I felt tremendously alone in my battle, until the love of my friends and the astonishing support of the Native community made me realize we are never truly alone in this fight. Cancer is the No. 1 cause of death of Alaska Natives but doesn't have to be - see your doctor, be screened and together we can win this war."

• To be featured as a cancer survivor during the month of October, contact Neighbors editor Kim Andree at 523-2272 or

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