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Breast cancer survivor says Get-A-Mammy

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Tracy Cardin Thomas, Breast Cancer survivor Tracy Cardin Thomas, Breast Cancer survivor

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Breast cancer is a disease that killed thousands of women last year; it's the most common cancer in women in the United States.

Thousands more do survive thanks to early detection, a Valdosta woman turned her story of beating cancer into an organization that will raise awareness and help other women.

"On December 22 I had a biopsy and was told the next day I had cancer," said Tracy Cardin Thomas, Breast Cancer Survivor.

Because of early detection she caught it.

"That mammogram is what catches it so early so you don't have to go through chemotherapy, radiation and things like that," Thomas.

She is now spreading a message about early detection, and started a non profit, Get A Mammy.

"Get A Mammy that's what my aunt and I have called our mammograms, it's a cute name for something that's not pleasant to have done," said Thomas.

Their goal is to provide mammograms for women who aren't able to pay for it.

"They told me I was going to be okay because we had caught mine early the mammogram had done that for me," said Thomas.

She knew she was at risk and had been getting her mammy's since age 38.

"My mother died of Breast Cancer six years ago, if you're 40 or at risk you should be able to get a mammogram," said

She's spreading her message through Facebook, and is selling T-shirts to raise money to help others women.

This wife and mother of two hopes her Get A Mammy message helps someone else become cancer free.

"I had my last surgery August 26th, besides a few office procedures I should be good to go," said Thomas.

Tracy is one of about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States. You can help support her cause or click here link to her the Get-A-Mammy Facebook page, or search GetAMammy on Facebook.

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