‘Kids for the Cure’ founders find out mom has disease

6:45 AM, May 9, 2005   |    comments
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Never did the Berns family expect to see more than a 1,000-people gathered at Legacy Village to fight breast cancer. And to think it all started with a family discussion. “We thought that we would like to do something good for the world since we are pretty fortunate in life,” said Josh Berns, Kids for the Cure. “So, we thought why not do something good for breast cancer.” So Josh, his sisters Dani and Abbie, and their parents John and Pattie, created “Kids for the Cure.” It is a way for children and their families to take an active role in the fight against the disease. “I think it’s really special and important that we’re doing this for a really good cause,” said Dani Berns. But while planning and raising money, the Berns learned first hand what it was like to be on the other side of breast cancer. Six-weeks ago doctor’s diagnosed Pattie Berns with the disease. “I was just beside myself,” said Pattie Berns, cancer survivor. “I couldn’t believe this was happening.” But after a double mastectomy, Pattie Berns says it’s her goal to keep making others aware of the disease. This is only the second “Kids for the Cure,” and already they’ve double the amount of money raised last year. The family says they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “Until breast cancer is gone, we’ll be involved in it forever,” said Johnathan Berns, Pattie’s husband. It’s a Mother’s Day the Berns will never forget. It is also one all these children will come back to celebrate year after year. “I’m here,” said Patti Berns. “I’m here. It’s great. I couldn’t be any better.” Pattie Berns says a routine mammogram helped find the cancer early. She says her doctors have given her a good prognosis.


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