Paulette Leaphart: Breast Cancer Survivor Begins Journey

Paulette McKenzie Leaphart will walk 1,000 miles from Mississippi to Washington, DC to raise awareness about the high cost of breast cancer treatment. (Photo: Google Images)

Paulette McKenzie Leaphart will walk 1,000 miles from Mississippi to Washington, DC to raise awareness about the high cost of breast cancer treatment. (Photo: Google Images)

Patrick Clarke of ABC News is reporting Paulette Leaphart, 49, is going to Washington, D.C. and she will make the entire 1,000-mile journey on foot. Clarke writes:

“She will walk from Biloxi, Mississippi, tomorrow completely topless, showing the evidence of her double mastectomy. Leaphart wants to talk to lawmakers about the uphill battle everyday Americans with cancer, like herself, face in trying to afford the sky-high cost of life-saving treatments. She is serious about putting health care reform front and center on the table of Capitol Hill, and this breast cancer survivor thinks she can do it.

‘I’m marching to D.C. to put my scars in the face of Congress,’ Leaphart told ABC News.”

Leaphart was diagnosed in 2014 with Stage 2, grade 3 breast cancer, an aggressive form of cancer and decided to have a double mastectomy. Medication for her treatment cost the single mother of four $1500 per month, forcing her to sell her car and all of her assets. Leaphart says she wants to make Congress aware of the cost of battling breast cancer and to pass measures to help make treatment more affordable.

Read more at ABC News.

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