Watch the full special in the video player above, and you can also see each segment separately below.
The half-hour special aired on Sunday, Oct. 17 (5:30 p.m. EDT), and will rebroadcast Sunday, Oct. 24 (5.30 a.m. EDT).
The special, hosted by Eyewitness News anchor Liz Cho, features inspirational breast cancer survivors who share their private struggles to protect their health during the pandemic.
It shares moving stories of breast cancer survivors who took on the odds, confronted daunting obstacles and want to motivate others to do the same. Featured stories include the following:
- A former Broadway performer of 15 years with a successful career as a yoga instructor talks about finding a lump during the COVID-19 pandemic and being diagnosed with stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC). She had a relatively new genetic mutation putting her at risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Drawing on her childhood passion for singing and dancing since she was three years old, she went through chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries, got engaged and was married a month ago with hopes of having a baby soon.
- A married New Jersey mother of two had a family history of cancer and obtained genetic testing at age 20. It confirmed her need to be vigilant. With informed choices, she used prophylactic measures that have kept her cancer-free, and now at age 44, she is enjoying her two children and family. She stresses the importance of being informed.
- A newly retired breast cancer survivor of 22 years was diligent with her annual mammograms, which saved her life when diagnosed with Lymphoma. Her new doctor promised her a long life, saying, "I'm going to take care of you till you get to be a really old lady"
- A Long Island resident speaks of how losing her mother to pancreatic cancer left her wanting a career in health and physical education. Involving her students in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was an annual event that coincided with her finding a lump. She speaks about the need for vigilance and hopes the COVID-19 pandemic will not prevent her from walking this year, on her 5th anniversary of diagnosis.
"Breast Cancer: Updates and Progress in A Pandemic" features experts that include doctors, researchers and patients from the American Cancer Society, Mount Sinai Health System, NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center and Murray Hill Radiology.
The annual special is part of WABC-TV's continuing commitment to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. The station has produced a number of compelling local specials raising awareness of breast cancer. Previous specials have won seven Emmy Awards and three National Gracie Allen Awards. Viewers can access resources and information at ABC7NY.com/BreastCancer.
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Resources seen on in our program:
American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society
For Info on Walks & to Donate
Mount Sinai Health System
Damn Good Yoga
Murray Hill Radiology & Mammography
NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center
NYS Affordable Health Care
People Living with Cancer
Patient Info., American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
American Society of Clinical Oncology