Teachers run for a ‘sister’ teacher
Webster gives several definitions for ‘family’ - one being a class of people sharing certain characteristics and functions. Therefore, it is no wonder several teachers at Central Elementary joined their “sister,” Penny Broussard, at the Susan Komen’s Race for a Cure event in Baton Rouge Saturday, March 7.
Broussard, a fourth grade teacher at Central Elementary, was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Carcinoma of the breast last July. The news was difficult to hear. Broussard had just received her degree. She was looking forward to the start of her career at Central. One week into the new school year, she had a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous tumor.
Doctors prescribed three months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. Such protocol was challenging for this inspiring educator. Broussard was determined to be in the classroom as much as possible. Jennifer Hano, a fellow fourth grade instructor stated, “Penny has yet to complain about any pain or discomfort. She just keeps smiling.”
Broussard’s strength comes from the support of her family, students, and friends. Today she is doing well and can proclaim she is a survivor. It is important for her story to be told, for everyone to use their voice to bring about awareness of this disease.
The Susan Komen organization is the leading catalyst in the fight against breast cancer. Nancy Goodman Brinker started the foundation in 1980 after losing her sister Susan to a three year battle with cancer. The organization sponsors many events nationwide to raise awareness and funds. Over 10,000 supporters, including Penny and her coworkers, were present at LSU earlier this month for its annual Race for a Cure event.
“Penny is an inspiration to others who face challenges. I was proud to support her in the Race for a Cure.” said Donna Viator, her friend and a kindergarten teacher at Central Elementary. Funds raised at this event will continue to support Susan’s dream – to find a cure for breast cancer.
The income generated from this event supports further research, funds education, and provides screening and treatment programs in our region, with an emphasis on underserved groups. Together we can make a difference.