MIAMI (CBS4) – A South Florida high school is honoring those who have fought and survived breast cancer, and those who are still in the fight of their lives.
CBS4 is a proud sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and at Columbus High School’s Friday night football game, people have already begun to celebrate.
The fight on the field against Northwestern High is tough, but it’s nothing compared to the fight one of the players mother just had with breast cancer.
“She told me you do have cancer it is large and you have several tumors and it is aggressive,” said Lisa Lorenzo, a breast cancer survivor.
At first Lisa, a mother of three, feared the worst.
“I am probably going to die. My kids are going to live without a mother. I won’t be able to see their practices or see their dance competitions,” said Lorenzo to CBS4’s Jorge Estevez.
Lisa decided on a double mastectomy. The day of the surgery her friends came to support her and wore t shirts that called for her to be fearless.
“Oh my goodness, I have the most extraordinary group of family and friends that anyone could every have,” said Lorenzo, whose recovery coincided with last year’s Susan G. Komen race which she couldn’t join. Her daughter signed up in her honor.
“She doesn’t know what to expect, so I have been telling her what everyone wears and how excited everyone gets about it and stuff like that,” said Michele Lorenzo, Lisa’s daughter.
This year Lorenzo’s son and the Columbus High School football team is joining his mom’s team on race day.
“They support me and I support my mom so it is a good combination,” said Jorge Lorenzo, Lisa’s youngest son.
In fact, Lisa’s whole family has been changed because of her fight.
“We try not to take anyone for granted and we just are a lot closer now than we were before,” said Jonathan Lorenzo.
And with just one day before the Susan G. Komen race for the cure, Lisa’s goal is simple she wants to make her mark on a field full of so many survivors.
“I can’t wait to walk down that survivor row with the other women and hold my head up and know that I was able to with gods help that I was able to conquer the disease,” said Lisa Lorenzo.