They walk to fight cancer
By Lisa DeNeal Post-Tribune correspondent October 17, 2012 5:10PM
Cherry Rosser (left) and Nicole Richards, both of Gary, Ind., lead the way during Community HealthNet's Breast Cancer Walk at Marquette Park in Gary on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. | Jeff Addison~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 17, 2012 1:58AM
A little rain and chilly weather did not stop nearly 100 families, friends and breast cancer survivors from walking along Marquette Park and Beach for Community HealthNet’s 14th annual Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 13.
It definitely did not keep relatives of Harriet Lampley-Robinson from walking twice around the site. Lampley-Robinson died April 1, 2010, from Stage 4 breast cancer at age 62.
The walk was coordinated by Lampley-Robinson’s youngest sister, Toyea Lampley, and another sister, Christine Hicks of East Chicago, who wore pink streaks in her hair and a “Fight Like a Girl” outfit.
“She was a fighter until the end,” Sharon Lampley-Hill of Gary said of her sister as tears rolled down her cheeks.
Lampley-Robinson’s niece, Leslie Johnson of Merrillville, said her aunt battled breast cancer like a champ more than four years.
“She was alert all the time,” Johnson said. “She worked and focused on helping others and her family until a month before her death.”
She added that her aunt was an employee of United Water during her cancer ordeal.
“She just stayed active and stayed on us,” Johnson said.
Lampley-Hill added that Lampley-Robinson supported her when she pursued her master’s degree in social work from Indiana University Northwest in Gary.
“She critiqued every paper I’d written from her sick bed,” Lampley-Hill said. “I had no choice but to work hard, because she was a strong, loving sister.”
Community HealthNet CEO Dr. Janet Seabrook was happy to see the turnout, despite the weather.
“Your being here helps Community HealthNet continue to provide mammograms for women who cannot afford to pay or are uninsured,” Seabrook said.
Community HealthNet board president Ramon Morton said he walked to honor two breast cancer survivors.
“My sister-in-law, who just finished treatment, and my aunt, who is a 30-year survivor after having a double mastectomy,” Morton said. “I am thankful for both ladies and for the support from citizens for this walk.”
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson also participated in the walk.
“We consider Community HealthNet a very vital part of fighting breast cancer and all cancers,” she said. “It is a pleasure to support the walk.”