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Breast cancer survivor is a mentor to many

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The Liberty Bank Channel 3 Surprise Squad visited Carey Penney this week (WFSB) The Liberty Bank Channel 3 Surprise Squad visited Carey Penney this week (WFSB)
VERNON, CT (WFSB) -

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Liberty Bank Channel 3 Surprise Squad wanted to round out the month honoring a survivor.

Breast cancer is a disease that impacts so many women and men in the state, like Carey Penney of Vernon.

“Carey Penney is a 2-year breast cancer survivor who has been through everything you possibly could imagine with cancer,” said Meg Staubley, of Susan G. Komen Southern New England.

Staubley said Penney joined the organization's ‘young breast cancer survivor group’ when she started her journey, “and we have seen her come full circle.”

“She is actually a mentor for so many. She's a wonderful person, she's full of life, she has two beautiful daughters, an amazing husband who is also a supporter,” Staubley said.

The Liberty Bank Channel 3 Surprise Squad showed up at Carey Penney’s house, with the help of Staubley, to give her a little surprise.

Penney’s journey started about two-and-a-half years ago.

“I was 36 when I was diagnosed, about 2.5 years ago...and went through chemo, and a bilateral mastectomy, and radiation and had surgeries and all sorts of stuff...some complications; but all is well,” Penney said. “It is probably one of the most scary things somebody can go through, but it isn't the end of your life...and there is joy to be found and hope to be found. You're not going to be the same person after--and that's not a bad thing.”

To nominate a person who you think should be visited by the Liberty Bank Channel 3 Surprise Squad, click here.

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