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Surviving Cancer: Mary Jane Henry's story

Breast cancer survivor encourages self-examinations

February 7, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - In honor of MT Women's Basketball's Play 4Kay Power of Pink game on Saturday, Feb. 8, GoBlueRaiders.com is highlighting a few Blue Raider supporters that have survived their battle with cancer.

Our final individual in this week's series is Mary Jane Henry of Murfreesboro. The 68-year old was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and has been cancer free since 2008.

Henry's annual mammogram in 2007 came out all clear. But just a few months later she noticed as cyst. After multiple tests to determine if it was indeed breast cancer, Henry had already came to terms once she was officially diagnosed.

"When they told me it was cancer, I think I already knew," said Henry. "I had come to terms with it."

One of the biggest things that comforted Henry was her research on breast cancer.

"I wanted to read and find out everything that I could about my cancer," Henry said. "When my doctors talked about procedures, it sounded like things I wanted to hear. Once I found my doctors and medical team, I felt comfortable with them."

Henry hopes Saturday's Play 4Kay Power of Pink event will encourage more women to be aware about their own bodies and to take a proactive approach.

"I want women to become aware," said Henry. "Even if you have a mammogram that is a good mammogram, still remember that there is always a chance that they missed something. I want to encourage women to do their self-examinations."

No. 21 Middle Tennessee returns to the Murphy Center this Saturday for the annual Play 4Kay Power of Pink game against Rice at 2 p.m. All fans that wear pink to the game can purchase a discounted $5 ticket. The Blue Raiders will auction all 15 of the exclusive game-worn pink uniforms immediately following the game. Proceeds from the auctioned jerseys will be split between the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation's Power of Pink fund. Fans can also donate online to Play 4Kay by clicking here.

Prior to the game, select cancer survivors will be introduced and stand with the Blue Raiders during the national anthem. Thanks to local sponsors, special Play 4Kay t-shirts will be thrown out in the stands throughout the game. After the contest, the entire 2013-14 Blue Raider squad will sign autographs on the main floor of Murphy Center.

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