Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 17, 2013

In Body&Soul: Survivors never stop helping others

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — ELK RAPIDS — Two women who were diagnosed with breast cancer within two weeks of each other in 2009 and since prevailed continue their fight to help women detect the disease early.

Jami Gray and Judy Husby decided to bring their fundraising efforts home after raising $7,500 in 2010 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, none of which directly benefitted women in Antrim County.

Gray and Husby decided in 2011 to start ABC Challenge, a 10-mile fundraiser walk that helps raise money for Antrim County High Tea, an organization that pays for mammograms and treatments for women who otherwise couldn’t afford the care.

Since then, the walk has raised $10,000, but it’s not enough, said the women who taught together at Elk Rapids Junior High School for 17 years.

That’s why they’ve retooled the effort and moved it to downtown Elk Rapids from its original site at Shanty Creek Resort. They hope the move will help garner more support for the walk that strives to continue to reduce the number of women who die each year because of breast cancer.

In 2004, the year the High Tea was formed, Antrim County had the highest mortality rate in Michigan for women with breast cancer. By last year, thanks to hundreds of free mammograms given out by the group, that ranking was reduced to 45th.

For more information on the women and their cause, see today’s Body&Soul section.