Volunteers making an impact.
Three years ago, Lynn Joye walked the Komen Race with her daughter Emily and some friends weeks after finishing her 6th round of chemo and having a double mastectomy. Lynn’s head was bald under a silly hat with the fake braids that she had bought in the hospital boutique. The event was overwhelming but Lynn felt she needed to see the scope of how breast cancer had affected women and families in Charleston, South Carolina. It was inspiring for Lynn to see so many survivors there and so many families doing the race in honor of someone who had not survived their cancer. That day was a turning point in Lynn’s life.
Cancer was in Lynn’s family history and she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 46. Cancer unfortunately took her father at a young age and increased her emotions while she dealt with her father’s passing and her own diagnosis. Lynn’s former neighbor, who had met her father and had survived breast cancer herself, started visiting Lynn. She assured Lynn that she could overcome the pain, sickness and sadness. She gave Lynn the courage to not give up. After Lynn’s cancer journey her passion changed from being a French teacher, to now being an advocate for all people facing cancer. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families which led her to start the chapter for CanCare in Charleston, South Carolina.