Michigan teen helps breast cancer awareness
Jan 9, 2012
Brooke Walter is a senior in high school in Pennfield, Michigan, and she wasn't satisfied with her knowledge about breast cancer, so she decided to take it one step further, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer.
Walter requested to sit through a breast reconstructive surgery, and is now attempting to do everything she can to help spread awareness and raise money for research.
"I learned that I shouldn't take anyone for granted," Walter told the new source. "It's just a horrible thing that's happened to people; I didn't realize how serious it was ... People just don't understand what these girls go through. It's horrible."
Walter designed and printed T-shirts and has been selling them at her school to raise money. Proceeds will go to the Battle Creek Foundation, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breast cancer health news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the United States.