Local breast cancer survivor says early detection, positive attitude saved her

Baptist Health Paducah is trying to shake off cancer with its Pink Glove Dance. This year the video focuses on three breast cancer survivors. One of them is Shari Wallis.

Wallis says early detection — and a smile — saved her life.

"It’s a lot, but you just have to keep going," Wallis says.

Working at Baptist Health, Wallis sees first hand those who feel beaten down by cancer treatments. 

"This is not the end of the world. Realize what’s going, on and then go from there" Wallis says.

When Shari herself was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer , she says the people she works with everyday became more like family.

"The girls over there, they keep you at ease, and they walk you through everything" Wallis says.

And a positive attitude also helped. Shari put on a pair of pink shoes and decided to show people "bald is beautiful." She danced through some of the toughest parts of her treatment.

You can help Shari and all those involved with this year’s Baptist Health Paducah Pink Glove Dance.

You just need to vote.

Through Sept. 23, you can vote once a day on your favorite video.

The winner gets to be on the today show and $10,000 for their charity of choice.

Baptist Health has designated the American Cancer Society.

You can also vote for Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, which wants to raise money for United Cancer Assistance Network.

To cast your vote, click here

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