Nurse Judy Hollingshead and Jodi Carlson, clinical coordinator for the Breast Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, joined elite Douglas County company Saturday in the fight against breast cancer.
The two earned the 2006 Wellspring Awards - Hollingshead as a volunteer and Carlson as a professional - during the ninth annual Betsy Beisecker Breast Cancer Awareness Tea at LMH. About 75 women, including about 20 cancer survivors, attended.
"I enjoy what I do. I know I am a survivor because of early detection. That's my mission - to teach early detection because I think that's something that gives women the best chance of survival," Hollingshead said.
Hollingshead works in a Same-Day Surgery unit at LMH, where she prepares and educates women before breast surgery. As a cancer survivor, she also has served on the Board of Breast Cancer Awareness of Douglas County.
Carlson has spent about 30 years helping others diagnosed with breast cancer. She came to the Breast Center at LMH when it opened, and she also works in Oncology Center to coordinate patient enrollment and treatment through the Kansas City Clinical Oncology Program.
"I know that my life is so much richer now as a result of all of the people that I've been able to care for over all of these years," she said.
The awards and the tea are part of Beisecker's legacy. She was a social scientist who battled cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness of Douglas County organizes the event.
Jennifer Johnson, a Baker University graduate who lives in Overland Park, spoke during the program about her experience as a breast-cancer survivor.
Johnson has written "Nordie's at Noon" with three of her friends. The book chronicles their bouts with cancer.