Welcome to Ms. Henderson and Ms. Mitchell's head start class at Peete Elementary. For the past ten years these women have worked together teaching everything from spelling to singing. They have always been close friends, but last year they're bond grew deeper. When they both found out they had breast cancer.
"I found out through a mammogram," says Joyce
"I went for my yearly mammogram and they detected a spot," says Hattie
Both women needed treatment and surgeries. Even though they were sick they wouldn't stop teaching.
"I would leave work, go get my radiation treatment, and come back to work," sa
They say the kids were good medicine.
"They give me a lot of energy. I like to sing and do a lot of music with the kids and art. Those kind of things, that's my exercise with them, kind of calms me down," says Ms
One school year later, both women are doing great, thanks in part to the kids and each other. Today both women wear pink ribbons and support breast cancer research. They say it's important to increase awareness and find a cure, because they want to protect their students from breast cancer in the future.
The Komen Race For The Cure is Saturday in Tyler at Bergfeld Park.