Posted at: 10/08/2013 5:55 PM
Updated at: 10/08/2013 6:10 PM
By: Benita Zahn
As a third grade teacher Laura Ockerman is a good story teller.
But it's the story of her mom who died almost 21 years ago from breast cancer she tells over and over in hopes of helping others.
Her mom was only 47. She left 4 young children, a son and 3 daughters.
Laura's the oldest of the girls.
For years the family took part in the American Cancer Society's: Making strides against breast cancer event to honor their mom.
But 4 years ago they ramped things up. That's when her sister Jude was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"And we put together our first boobapalooza breast cancer event in about 5 weeks and raised 6 thousand dollars. "
Coming up on their 4th annual event they've already raised 30 thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society.
" The way the American cancer society has advocated for early screening over the past 20 eyars, I really, my family believes it really saved Jude's life and it's gonna keep us protected and safe. "
It was through early detection Jude's cancer was found 4 years ago and then again 2 years ago.
She and another sister have tested positive for the so called breast cancer gene - so screening is even more important for them all. As Laura knows, not having the gene doesn't mean she's exempt.
So the family hopes their fundraising helps find a cure for this disease.
After all, there are many daughters in the next generation of Laura's family.
You can join Laura and her family at Making Strides against breast cancer in Albany's Washington Park on October 20th. You can still sign up at our website, www.wnyt.com