Cancer survivors pose as warriors atop museum steps

Living Beyond Breast Cancer celebrates life with morning meditation

Kimberly Adams
May 20, 2018 - 2:47 pm
Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s hosted its annual Reach & Raise event, which brings thousands of survivors, fighters and supporters together for a morning of mediation and yoga on the steps of the museum.

Kim Adams | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —Thousands lined the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the atmosphere was pure zen. 

Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s hosted its annual Reach & Raise event, which brings thousands of survivors, fighters and supporters together for a morning of mediation and yoga on the steps of the museum.

The morning exercise was more meaningful for some.

"You are listening to your best self," said Kelly Cook of her own yoga practices.

"I just want to support the people that are going through it," said her 12-year-old son Ryan, fighting back tears for his mother's battle with breast cancer. "I know how hard it is to go through it because I've had a loved one go through it."

Around this time last year, Kelly was undergoing her third surgery. Now, she's a fighter and survivor — and a yoga teacher.

"I'm healthy and I'm alive,"  she added. "My family has been amazing, as have my friends."

Kelly made even more friends taking part in the event, which raises funds for breast cancer research and awareness.

It also followed the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last weekend.

"This is really the mission in action," noted Chairwoman Laura Kowal. "It's people supporting one another and getting behind people who really need it."

"For those of us diagnosed with breast cancer, it's just one big hug," added cancer survivor Amy Lessack.