“Each of us is here for a reason,” she said at a recent Moody Chamber of Commerce luncheon. “Each of us has a mission, to use our talents and gifts to do something to make life better for everyone else while we’re here.”
Helping other women prevent or overcome breast cancer is hers.
The Birmingham television news anchor is, herself, a breast cancer survivor. She relies on her experience to educate others about the disease and how to fight it. Conquering fear is the first step, she said.
October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so this month the disease is getting an inordinate amount of attention. That is appropriate and good, since it gives women concentrated reminders to have checkups, get mammograms and perform monthly self-exams. But Ladun’s message is that the threat of breast cancer is a year-round presence, never to be ignored.
“That’s my mission,” Ladun said. “There’s a killer in the neighborhood, and we can do something about it.”