TEAM TERI AND BLUE STAR MOTHERS
Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg, Chapter VA4’s current President, Teri R. Reece, and 2 of her Blue Star Sisters, Tammy Miller & Teresa Sumner, participated in the 5K Battling Cancer Race on June 19, 2016. Teri had breast cancer in 2008 and in 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in a separate breast. She underwent a double mastectomy in September, 2014. Complications arose & she ended up losing one of her implants in 2015, then endured the wound site not healing until July, 2015. Teri was diagnosed as BRACA positive and in August, 2015 underwent a full hysterectomy only to find out that she had left tubal cancer and cervical cancer. She began chemotherapy treatments in September 2015. She is scheduled for a flap surgery reconstruction on one side on August 5, 2016. This surgery will be her 20th surgery in the past 2 years.
The Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg, Chapter VA4 and family & friends have rallied behind Teri throughout her journey and her Blue Star Sisters have been beside her every step of the way. The day before this race, the Blue Star Mothers packaged 469 care packages to our Troops deployed overseas. The Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg Chapter VA4 is made up of Mothers of Sons and Daughters currently serving in our Military or Honorably Discharged. We also have Associate Members who support our Chapter. During the care packaging event, our good friend, Mandy McGee stated that she was walking in this event in Honor of Teri & we decided to be there to support Mandy & Teri was present & suddenly the three of us were walking.
Teri has been building up her strength and this race was monumental for her as she kept on going and her Blue Star Sisters were right next to her, carrying the Chapter Flag, encouraging her each step of the way. We were next to last to make it to the finish line and as our Military reminds us “no man left behind”, nor shall we leave anyone behind. After we made it to the finish line, we turned around, and walked back to where our friend Jamie was, and continued walking with her until she made it to the finish line herself.
Our Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg, Chapter VA4 honors and supports our Military and Veterans and each other. We plan on participating next year having an entire team with Teri leading our way. It was an honor to cross that line and a huge accomplishment for Teri.