to fight breast cancer
in Newport, Oregon!
The Coast Busters Walk for breast cancer is the outcome of two ladies wanting to inspire hope for other women and their families struggling with breast cancer. Recent breast cancer survivors themselves, Sonia Graham and Jeanette Campagna chose to do something good that came out of something bad. The Coast Busters Walk is a 3 mile walk that will be held on the track at Newport High School on Saturday, October 9, 2021 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds raised from the event will stay local and benefit Pacific Communities Health District Foundation Women’s Cancer Fund. This is an opportunity to proudly raise awareness in our community and to provide faith, courage, confidence, and hopefulness for all women who have been affected by breast cancer.
We look forward to finally reuniting in person, in accordance with CDC, state, and local health guidance and regulations. As guidance and safety measures evolve in the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to update our supporters about what to expect locally. We are committed to the health and safety of all of our guests and participants and as such will make the best local decisions regarding masks, sanitizing stations, social distancing and crowd management, modified event layouts, outdoor venues and contactless engagement options onsite. These decisions will be made, and adjusted, based on the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.
When: October 9, 2021 3 Mile Walk begins 9am
Where: Newport High School Track
Address: 322 NE Eads, Newport, OR 97365
Event Day Schedule
8:00am- Registration Opens
9:00am- Survivor's Lap
9:05am- 3 Mile Walk Begins
$25 Early Bird Registration (by September 3, 2021- Guarantees you a t-shirt)
$35 General Registration (September 4, 2021- October 1, 2021)
$45 On-site Registration (October 9, 2021 only)
Fundraise! Each participant is asked, though not required, to raise a minimum of $150. For those raising $150 or more, your name will be publicly placed on the Coast Busters Honor Roll. The top three individual fundraisers will win prizes!
Create your own team with team name—the more the merrier!
Dress up in your favorite pink attire on Walk Day! Prize(s) for best costumes!
Please click below to make a direct donation to the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation Women's Cancer Fund
Sonia Graham & Jeanette Campagna
Sonia Graham & Jeanette Campagna
Sonia and Jeanette were your two ordinary, fun, laid back, everyday kind of ladies living the beach life in Lincoln County, OR. Then one day that all changed. Both have their own individual stories, however they share one commonality. They are recent breast cancer survivors—and that now makes them extraordinary!
Jeanette was diagnosed in November, 2019 following a routine mammogram. After four arduous biopsies and further invasive testing, her best option was a unilateral mastectomy. In February 2020 Jeanette underwent surgery. Recuperating amid the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she underwent reconstructive surgery in May 2020. That was followed by more than a year of physical therapy to provide more mobility to a frozen shoulder that resulted from the surgeries. It was also recommended that five years of cancer meds be prescribed to reduce the recurrence of any future cancer. On February 27, 2021, Jeanette celebrated one year of being cancer free.
Sonia’s journey began in early February 2020 when she discovered a large lump in her left breast during a routine self-exam. It was confirmed to be cancerous during a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy all on the same day (March 26, 2020). Cancer was detected with two lumps in the breast and impacted lymph nodes. Because of the aggressiveness of Sonia’s cancer, the cancer care team suggested chemotherapy to reduce the cancer before surgery. Sonia had 16 rounds of chemotherapy beginning April 23, 2020. Following chemo, Sonia had a lumpectomy followed by a complete lymph node dissection when cancer was still detected during the sentinel node biopsy. On January 18, 2021 Sonia finished her 33 rounds of radiation therapy and was determined to be officially in remission.
Although Jeanette and Sonia had a direct connection through the Newport Chamber of Commerce, it was their journeys that truly bonded them as friends, survivors, and sisters. They have supported each other throughout. During one of their many conversations they decided they wanted to make a difference in the lives of women in their own community struggling with breast cancer. They chose to do something good that came out of something bad. It was also very important to give back to the community that supported them so much. And it was then that the Coast Busters Breast Cancer Walk was created.