Jodi Brown Named “Most Courageous Survivor Mom”

Jodi at her Herceptin infusion. Her two young sons joined her to celebrate.

The Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is proud to announce the winner of the Most Courageous Survivor Mom contest. Jodi Brown of Canal Winchester is the recipient of the award, the second year that Komen Columbus is spotlighting a mother who is either in remission or currently undergoing treatments for breast cancer

Jodi, a physical education teacher at Central Crossing High School and mother of two boys, was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 10, 2010. Just two months later, while undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments, she ran in the Komen for the Cure Race and finished with an impressive time. During the 2011 Race for the Cure, Jodi came in  3rd in the survivor category.

She never took a leave of absence from her duties at Central Crossing, scheduling treatments on Thursday and taking Fridays off to recover. She taught summer school in 2010 while still undergoing infusions.  Jodi underwent chemotherapy, herceptin, a bi-lateral mastectomy, 30 radiation treatments and breast re-construction, finally resulting in success on January 23rd, 2012 with a latissimus flap surgery.

In the meantime, Jodi participated in several triathlons that benefited breast cancer research, and completed the Pelotonia Bike Ride to Athens last year. She has also donated her time giving several inspirational speeches about her breast cancer journey.

Jodi and her family at the 2011 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure

“We could not have found a better representative of a woman and mother who fought the brave fight through breast cancer, turning all of her experiences into positives,” said Katie Carter, executive director of the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “Jodi is the embodiment of the term ‘hero,’ as she had been so incredibly selfless with her time in helping others as a breast cancer survivor advocate, along with successfully juggling the duties of being a mom and an educator.”

As recipient of the Courageous Survivor Mom award, Komen Columbus, along with the Westin Columbus, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Easton Town Center , Stanley Steemer, and Nails by Denise are teaming up to pamper Jodi with an overnight stay at the Westin Columbus, a meal at the Cameron Mitchell restaurant of her choice, her home cleaned from top to bottom from Stanley Steemer, shopping at Easton Town Center with a $100 gift card, and a relaxing manicure and pedicure from Denise Cramblit at Nails by Denise.

Jodi will also be recognized at the Race. “We are very honored to have Jodi among our ranks,” added Katie Carter.


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