There were tears and cheers when Sarah Newman was named the Honorary Survivor for the Susan G. Komen Texarkana Race for the Cure on Friday morning. She didn't know she was receiving the honor until she was greeted by Komen officials, friends and family as she was exiting an elevator at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.
"I don't even know what to say. It's really surprising. I'm just so thankful for the support team I've had. It's obviously huge," she said gesturing to all the people who came to celebrate with her.
Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. She was only 32 years old.
Even though Sarah's family has a history of breast cancer, her physician said she didn't need a mammogram until she was 35 years old. Thankfully she found the lump herself and two weeks later it was determined to be breast cancer. She is now cancer-free.
Sarah will represent Komen and other breast cancer survivors at this year's race which takes place Oct. 19 beginning at the Front Street Plaza in Downtown Texarkana.
"For our Honorary Survivor we choose a survivor who is an advocate for Race for the Cure and other survivors who are going through the battle," said Amber Lawrence, Southwest region director for Komen. "We accept nominations and Sarah was nominated by several of her peers. She is a very encouraging individual and she cares more about other than she does herself. She is very deserving of this and that's why we chose her."