MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (WNCT) – People in Craven County rallied together Friday to support breast cancer awareness month participating in a 5K paint run.
“My body was telling me something was up but you know, it was just hard to believe,” said breast cancer survivor Rachel Oberhauser.
Survivors, victims, children and even dogs came out to the fun run, the 10th annual event aims to inform those in the community about early detection.
33-year-old Rachel Oberhauser was diagnosed just last year. She had no family history of the disease and lived an active and healthy lifestyle.
She says it can happen to anyone.
“The hardest part is coming to grips with it, that your life has changed forever,” said Oberhauser. “That each day I wake up and realize that first of all I’m lucky to be here but secondly that it was so unpredictable that I don’t know okay was this it or am I going to have to deal with this again soon.”
Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, affecting nearly 1 in 8.
Many doctors recommend women have a clinical breast exam every three years starting at age 20.
For Oberhauser, she says seeing the over 400 people who came out to support the cause means the world to her.
“To come here and see so many people that either know someone or are aware of it, it means a lot to me,” said Oberhauser.
the 5K was just days after the anniversary of her mastectomy. She credits listening to her body when she felt ill to detecting her disease early on.
She says it’s important to tune in to how you feel and to always get a second opinion.
“I’m just now getting to feel better and get over all the healing from the surgeries,” said Oberhauser.
She’s been cleared for the next six months for treatment and will continue to maintain routine checkups.