Local heroes: Honoring Laurie

This story is part of a series highlighting the heroes behind the work of Komen Great Plains—individuals who turn their fight from awareness to action. These heroes have committed to fundraising to show they are ready to fight back against breast cancer on all fronts – advocating for patients’ rights, funding life-saving research, extending community health outreach, and enhancing patient care.

For those we have lost to breast cancer, we walk and remember. And that’s exactly what Valerie Shaw and her family does during MORE THAN PINK Walk (formerly Race for the Cure).

Valerie, her daughter, and Valerie’s dad walked in the 2018 Nebraska Race for the Cure in memory of Laurie, Valerie’s stepmom, who died from breast cancer after being diagnosed at stage IV when breast cancer had spread to her brain.

(L to R) Valerie, her daughter and Valerie’s dad

“Research is so important for metastatic disease,” Valerie notes. “I fully support long-term breast cancer research so other women and families don’t have to face the horrible disease of breast cancer.”

Valerie raised more than $2,000 for the 2018 Nebraska Race for the Cure using Facebook to tell her family’s story.

Valerie is one of 52 individuals who comprise the 2019 Komen Great Plains Pink Honor Roll, raising a cumulative total of $131,940 for the 2018 Race for the Cure.