Why I Rally – Sherry Tarnok

by Sherry Tarnok

October 31, 2016

















Rally for the Cure proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. We created our “Why I Rally” series to celebrate and honor our Ambassadors who’ve supported our program over the years. “Why I Rally” allows our Ambassadors and participants to tell their story, and share their commitment and dedication in helping put an end to breast cancer. Each and every one of you makes a difference!


Why I Rally

I Rally because I hate cancer.  We hear this word and we think it is a death sentence.  I became involved in the fight against breast cancer because it seemed like more and more people around me were getting the disease.  Everywhere I went, I met someone who had a mammogram and now, something was being watched or treated.  I have lost loved ones, friends and acquaintances to this horrible disease.  I have been the Ambassador at my club for the past 14 years.  We run a golf tournament each year to help support our local Susan G. Komen Affiliate.  This year, I have a very good friend who is currently battling breast cancer.  She had a double mastectomy and was going through chemo treatments.  Her goal was to finish her treatments and play in our Rally on October 5th.  Unfortunately she was unable to play.  She has been through so much.   My thoughts are with her every day.  What I do realize is the importance of mammograms. Early detection is key.  If my friend never had one, she would not have found her malignant tumor.  I have seen the many advances cancer research has made during my 14 years as a Rally Ambassador. The survival rate, with education, early detection, and early treatment has increased greatly.   But not 100%.  So for this reason, I will continue to RALLY.


Sherry Tarnok, Rally Ambassador

Oak Valley Golf Club, Advance, NC