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Kathy Shoendorf, RN, a WomanStories Dynamo!
Kathy Schoendorf of Green Bay, Wisconsin is one of the stars of WomenStories’ Young Women and Breast Cancer. She was an 18 year survivor at the time she was filmed and now is a 23 years survivor!
Kathy was chosen as the Local Breast Cancer Hero for the BMW Ultimate Drive for the Cure event in Appleton Wisconsin. In different cities across the country an ultimate drive takes place; for every mile driven, BMW donates $1 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.  To date, $1,000,000 has been raised every year since 1997, the first year of the event. On September 8, Kathy was honored and afterwards 18 survivors climbed into cars decorated with pink stripes and one of which was covered in signatures of survivors attending, and took off to raise money for breast cancer research.
Kathy is involved up to her eyeballs in work with breast cancer patients: she has facilitated a monthly breast cancer support group since 1991, and sends out a monthly newsletter to circa 100 survivors, keeping them informed about upcoming events and opportunities that can enrich or educate them; she is a Reach to Recovery volunteer and trainer of volunteers for American Cancer Society; she coordinates the upkeep of the local ACS loan closet for prostheses, bras, wigs and head coverings, and is on the planning committee for the annual ACS breast cancer awareness run/walk before which she facilitates the annual candlelight vigil. Last year Kathy sang a solo at the vigil, and her breast cancer support group has sung a few times. For the walk, Kathy is team captain for two teams, one for work and one for survivors and families and she coordinates sales of items to raise money for the event.

Kathy started an event called A Day for Women eight years ago. Each year the group focuses on a different type of cancer that affects women, and this year it will be breast cancer, and she expects about 1,500 women to attend. Kathy also facilitates an annual retreat for cancer survivors, which started as an event for breast cancer but has expanded to include all cancer survivors, both men and women. Kathy’s real job is to be a breast health nurse at Prevea Health.

She finds that being a 23 year survivor often comforts the newly diagnosed women she sees in her practice. Besides her normal duties as a nurse, Kathy goes out into the community to teach about breast health and early detection. When Kathy is not involved in any of the above activities, she sings in her church’s family choir. Can anyone wonder that Kathy was selected as the local Breast Cancer hero in her area! Her activities and dedication are an inspiration!

Top Left:
Local Hero Kathy Schoendorf.

Right: Kathy Schoendorf getting the plaque from the Komen Representative.

Lower Left: Kathy Schoendorf ready for the Survivors Drive.