LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) – At the historic Church Hill Downs is another tradition, ‘The Survivor’s Parade,’ which was inaugurated on Oaks Day back in 2009.
The Survivor’s Parade celebrates and fundraises for women who have fought and won their battle with breast cancer, as well as support those who are still in the fight.
On Friday, 148 brave women stepped out onto the turf in front of hundreds of thousands of people, and each woman has a story of survival, including Miriam Beasley.
“I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, back on April 7 of 2021, so I just completed my last round of chemo two months ago,” Beasley said.
In spite of having cancer, Beasley said she doesn’t have a feeling of hopelessness with her journey.
“I actually feel blessed that I got it,” Beasley said. “Which is kind of crazy for a lot of people to think, but it has opened my eyes, to a lot of different things, it’s given me the opportunity to also try and help and guide others that may be starting the same journey.”
For her first Kentucky Derby experience, Beasley not only got to enjoy the races but she’s helped raise awareness of the realities women face when fighting breast cancer.
“If you haven’t gone through it, it’s very, hard to understand, the mental, not just the physical part of going through cancer but surviving a mental part of it as well,” Beasley said.
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Beasley can’t help but look around and feel empowered by all the beautiful women standing right by her side and said, “It’s an honor to be walking with them.”
The 148 women who walked today include women who were nominated in 2020 but were postponed due to pandemic restrictions.