"I thought I was going to die," said Holly Godwin.
That is the thought that goes through a lot of patients' minds when they’re diagnosed with cancer.
Godwin was no exception when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I am a three year survivor and I'm doing well," said Godwin.
One of the reasons Godwin says she’s doing well is because of the help from the American Cancer Society.
"Until you go through it you just don't realize. There's a lot of bills. There's a lot of things that fall through the cracks," said Godwin.
Now Godwin volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Cure for Cape Cancer Gala.
"It is nice, it makes you feel like you're kind of paying it back or paying it forward," said Godwin.
"All of the money benefits the American Cancer Society," said Victoria Moon.
Moon is a co-chair of the cancer gala this year. She said the money goes to research and local services.
"Having a mother and grandmother with breast cancer, it was important for me to raise money for patients going through treatment and also to raise awareness," said Moon.
The money helps patients with wigs or turbans, travel expenses, and an emotional support system.
"It’s not all about the money that's sent for research. It's about helping our neighbor, it's about helping our friends," said Kathy Swan.
Swan is a Missouri State Representative and lives in Cape Girardeau.
"I was diagnosed almost four years ago the end of August," said Swan.
Swan is a breast cancer survivor and this year’s honorary chairperson.
"I have a responsibility to help pass the word," said Swan.
These three Heartland women are just part of the effort to find a cure for cancer, and you can join in at this year’s cancer gala.
The Cure for Cape Cancer Gala will be held on Saturday August 24, 2013 at Ray’s Plaza Conference Center.
You can find ticket information at CureForCapeGala.org or call 573-334-9352.
There will be dinner, a silent auction, and dancing.
Laura Wibbenmeyer and Todd Tumminia of Heartland News will emcee the event.
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