Franklin County Visitors Bureau is hosting Sharing Strength, an exhibit of Franklin County breast cancer survivors. Since 1985, October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sharing Strength will be on display throughout October 2020 in the lobby of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square of Chambersburg.

Holly Baker Strayer, one of the survivors, shared her story of strength. “Your cancer journey is what you choose to do with it. You learn about yourself and what you’re capable of through times of adversity.” She goes on to say, “Take care of yourself…Slow down…Do things that make you happy…”

Any cancer survivor inspires others to find courage. Breast cancer is particularly pertinent to women because the most significant risk factors for breast cancer are sex (being a woman) and age (growing older). Be proactive. Do self-examinations, eat healthy, and be active. According to a 2020 national study by the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates declined 40% from 1989 to 2017 among women, but incidences of breast cancer are slightly higher by 3%. Potential factors for the small increase may correlate to obesity and less fertility.

The Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center serves visitors and residents of Franklin County and is located at 15 South Main in downtown Chambersburg. Sharing Strength is just one of 11/30 Visitors Center’s exhibits and events throughout the year. For more information, visit regularly or contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 for information on 11/30 Visitors Center activities.