Heather Krom

As a 26-year old graduate student, Heather never imagined that the lump she detected would be cancer. But it was. With no job, no insurance, and no family in town, she says, “Komen saved my life. I was scared and alone, not exactly sure where to start, literally, to fight for my life. I had heard of Komen before and decided to pick up the phone and call the local Komen office.” Heather qualified for Komen’s free screening program, a partnership with the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, and because she was diagnosed through the program, she qualified for the Oregon Health Plan and all of her treatment, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation were covered. Reflecting upon her survivorship, Heather says, “I am forever thankful to Komen for connecting me to lifesaving resources. I won the fight of my life.”

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