31-Year-Old Breast Cancer Survivor Will Celebrate Her Journey at 2016 Susan G. Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure®

31-Year-Old Breast Cancer Survivor Will Celebrate Her Journey at 2016 Susan G. Komen
Wilmington Race for the Cure®

Amanda and Kyle Johnson at 2015 Susan G. Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure

Amanda and Kyle Johnson at 2015 Susan G. Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure

“Crossing the finish line at the Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure® was overwhelming and amazing for me.”

To understand Amanda Johnson’s joy, you must first understand her journey. In May 2014 at the age of 29, Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I’m one of those people who has to know everything that’s going on. I kept a huge cancer notebook. It was helpful. It kept me involved in my treatment and it gave me some measure of control,” said Johnson.

She wanted to fight the disease aggressively, but she wanted to keep her hair. “I was getting married after my treatment and I didn’t want to look back on my wedding photos and see cancer,” said Johnson. “Keeping my hair was pretty important to me.”

Amanda Johnson Cold Cap at Chemo

After a mastectomy and four rounds of chemo, the Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure® caught her attention. “The timing was perfect. My body was weakest, but I emotionally felt the strongest,” said Johnson. “I wanted to do something beyond working to fight cancer on my behalf.”

So she and her husband, Kyle, started the Hakuna Ma Tatas team. “I had this huge awesome and amazing support system that participated by running the 5K, giving donations or cheering the team on from the sidelines,” said Johnson.

In 2015, Amanda and her team raised nearly $8,000 with 32 members, and was one of the Race’s largest teams. “It was a chain reaction. I sent out emails and put a few posts out in social media and my support system shared my story with their friends. Everyone was excited and happy to help,” said Johnson.

Johnson is hoping she’ll have the same support this year as she prepares to run in the Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure, presented locally by Belk and Wilmington Health, on Saturday, March 19th at Mayfaire Town Center. Click here to support her team Hakuna Ma Tatas.

Team Hakuna Ma Tatas at 2015 Susan G. Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure

Team Hakuna Ma Tatas at 2015 Susan G. Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure

In its fourth year, the Race raises awareness and funds for the fight to end breast cancer. Net funds raised at the Race support local breast health education, screening, treatment and support programs administered by local non-profit organizations in our 29-county region through Komen NCTC Community Health Grants.

The 2016 Race moves from Downtown Wilmington to Mayfaire Town Center as the featured 5K of the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon. The event begins with an inspiring Survivor Celebration that honors the journey of those who have battled breast cancer.

Amanda is ready to celebrate her journey with her sisters, fellow breast cancer survivors, and others who have had similar experiences.

Join Amanda and Team Hakuna Ma Tatas on Saturday, March 19th at the Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure, presented locally by Belk and Wilmington Health, at Mayfaire Town Center. Our Race is the featured 5K of the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon. For more information or to register, click here.