SPOKANE, Wash. – Ask any participant at this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Eastern Washington, and they’ll tell you who they’re running for. Inland Asphalt/Central Pre-Mix employee John Madden has four reasons: him mother, his wife and his two daughters.
“It’s affected my mom, it’s affected my wife,” Madden said. “I don’t want it to affect my daughters.”
Madden’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1986. She died two years later at age 53, after the cancer spread to her liver. Madden was 21 years old at the time.
Then in 2012, Madden’s wife, Lisa, went in for a routine mammogram and doctors found stage two breast cancer. The Maddens would like to see a cure in their two daughters’ lifetimes.
“The advances in research and cancer treatment from when my mom went through it to when my wife has gone through it are amazing,” he said. “I’d like to see that go forward for the next 25 or 50 years.”
Lisa had a double mastectomy and is currently in remission. Last year, Lisa’s friends from near and far got together a team for Race for the Cure in her name and John participated for the first time. Madden said it’s not much of a “race” but more a movement of togetherness for a cause.
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