|Jacqueline Evans, 66: 16-Year Breast Cancer Survivor|
What I learned: I found my faith
"I always believed in God, but never had a personal relationship with him. But after my diagnosis 17 years ago, I prayed because, well, that's what you do when things get rough. My main concern was that I wouldn't be there to help my 10-year-old son with his homework or take him to baseball practice. I said, ‘Lord, if you help me survive this, I'll study the Bible and go to church.'
"I definitely feel my prayers were answered that day. Since then, I've read the Bible five times and attend mass regularly. My religion teaches that everyone has an important role in life, and I decided mine was to help my neighbors. I started speaking with patients on behalf of the American Cancer Society and helped organize Stop the Violence, a group that educates young adults about the consequences of crime. This month, I'm running for community district leader so I can help provide the programs and services we need. My opponent is an 18-year political veteran, but I'm not intimidated. With faith on my side, I'll be ready to face whatever comes my way."