2018 Derby Divas honoree knows early breast cancer detection saves lives [video]

Watch a young mother’s heartfelt video that takes you through her roller coaster journey from breast cancer diagnosis to treatment and hope.

On April 19, at its annual Derby-themed fundraiser, Derby Divas recognized Erin Frazier, M.D., as the group’s 2018 honoree.

Dr. Frazier is a pediatrician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Broadway. She was 38 years old and had no significant family history of breast cancer when she was diagnosed five years ago. She and her husband, James Frazier, M.D., had three young children ages 3, 5 and 7 at the time.

After 16 rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, breast reconstruction and ongoing therapeutic medications, Dr. Frazier shudders now to think what might have happened had she ignored the lump she felt in her breast. She wrote in a personal account of her journey, “Nothing will make you more thankful for life than when you are worried you might lose it.”

Dr. Frazier welcomes opportunities to help guide other women through their diagnosis and treatment. She knows early detection is critical and tears up when she thinks about women who face limited resources and little access to preventive health screenings.

READ MORE:  Derby Divas honoree Dr. Frazier looks back on her cancer journey

During the past 11 years, as a tribute to a friend lost to breast cancer, Derby Divas has raised more than $1.5 million to help provide mammograms for women in our community who can’t afford them.

Funds raised through this year’s Oaks Day Pink Out partnership between Churchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute will support renovation of the Norton Healthcare Mobile Prevention Center and help equip it with 3-D mammography.


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