HOUSTON, Texas — Houstonian Ruby Wilson and her daughter make time for a leisurely walk around a Pearland neighborhood lake. They cherish their quality time together, including the days leading up to another Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
“We registered a long time ago,” Wilson said.
They wouldn’t dare miss it. In the past twelve years they’ve done them all. The mother and daughter are deeply committed to the cause because they are both cancer survivors.
Wilson was first diagnosed in 2000 after first performing a self breast examination.
“It was so small, you could hardly feel it,” she said about the lump she found in her breast.
Her daughter was diagnosed in 2008.
“I received a call from the same doctor who told me ‘It’s likely you have breast cancer, we’d like to do biopsies.’ Immediately I was like. ‘Doctor, I think you might be mixing my chart up with my mom’s,’” Lisa Edwards- Benford explained.
But no mistake had been made.
“I didn’t understand how this could be something I was experiencing, too. I had gone through it with my mom, been there with my mom. Now it felt like a personal attack. This is my body this time,” said Edwards- Benford “What am I supposed to do?”
Luckily, Edwards- Benford had her mother to lead by example. She remembered how strong Ruby had been during her diagnosis and treatment.
“Every day she was still mom. She was still shopping. She was still working. She was still walking. I was like, ‘You know what, I can do this, I can do this,’” she said.
Together they both beat cancer and attribute each other for staying strong.
“I don’t think you can do this without family. I just appreciate my daughter,” Wilson said.
The women’s story is so compelling they were chosen by the Ford Motor Company to serve as models of courage for its charitable apparel line.
All proceeds will go to breast cancer research and treatment organizations like Susan G. Komen.