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Young Survivor and Advocate, Amanda Nixon, Named 2009 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego
Date:9/14/2009

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists committed to ending breast cancer forever, has named Amanda Nixon as San Diego's 2009 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor. Nixon, a young breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed at age 27 after being overlooked by several doctors because of her age and uncommon symptoms. A shy young woman, Nixon had to search deep within herself to find the courage to continue to ask questions, find answers and fight her own battle against breast cancer. Now, it is her mission to empower others to do the same. Nixon will serve as an inspirational spokesperson to help raise awareness of breast cancer screening and education in San Diego County and support Komen San Diego in its mission to eradicate breast cancer forever.

"All of us at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego, are inspired by Amanda's story," said Laura Farmer, executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego. "We have recently completed an in-depth community profile, and we found that young women in San Diego County are in need of additional breast cancer resources. As a young survivor, Amanda will assist us in our efforts to build awareness among young women and other women who we have found to be underserved in the past. We are committed to closing the gaps and ensuring all women in San Diego County have equal resources, education and access to care."

Nixon was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) on January 10, 2006. Now a survivor for almost four years, she is involved with the cause and determined to make an impact. Because of Nixon's unique story, triumphant recovery, and complicated diagnosis, she was recently featured on the television show called "Mystery Diagnosis." IBC represents only 1 in 8 breast cancer cases, so it is hard to point the finger at doctors who most likely
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