Family is Pillar of Support for Rochester Breast Cancer Survivor

Posted at: 10/18/2013 7:27 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Rochester Ice Hawks are pairing with “Join the Journey” to host a hockey game raising money for the cause.

The game is at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Rochester Recreation Center.

Breast cancer is a life threatening disease, but not a death sentence. Judy Starr or Rochester was diagnosed in 2010, but is now in remission. She still takes medication, but is cancer free and she’s happy she can get to watch her three children grow up.

“Trying to get a lot of research so I know for my own daughter and my sister’s daughter what they need to do in the future,” said Starr.

Her younger sister, Diane, died at the age of 34 after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. Judy said her family was devastated.

“They were devastated the first time when my sister passed. Then to get the call that I had it. It was a struggle,” said Starr.

Judy says her family is what kept her going through all the pain. Her son, Corbin, shaves his head every summer to support his mother.

“I feel really great that she is cancer free and I really am happy for her,” said Corbin.

The family continues to support “Join the Journey” and will be attending the event Friday night.