First Lady Tonette Walker

First Lady Tonette Walker Says Prevention is Key to Fighting Breast Cancer

By: Shorewood Patch
Thursday, October 11, 2012

The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on and

This week, Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker delivered the following radio address titled Combating Breast Cancer.

Hi, I am Tonette Walker.

My heart goes out to each and every person who has ever had to hear those dreadful words — you have cancer. Suddenly, the only thing that matters is getting well for yourself and your family.  It’s a journey full of hope, prayer and, for too many people, pain.  Your best chance of survival is a strong support system, a lot of fight, and an early diagnosis.

October is breast cancer awareness month, so I wanted to take this opportunity to talk to you about the disease that affects so many women, men and families in Wisconsin.  Every year, thousands of people in Wisconsin are diagnosed with breast cancer, but it’s a fight you can win.

First, know your risk factors and family history.  Do a self-exam at least once a month and see your doctor right away if you have any concerns.  To help prevent breast cancer, live a healthy lifestyle: Eat right, get exercise, don’t smoke — making good choices now could make all the difference later.

To those who are currently fighting the battle against breast cancer, please know that you are not alone. Here in Wisconsin we have exceptional doctors and medical care staff. They’re making huge strides in the research, detection, and treatment of cancer.

Stay strong in your fight, lean on family members and friends when you need to, and know that my hope for you is a clean bill of health someday soon, so you can stand with the thousands of people in Wisconsin who call themselves survivors. Together, Wisconsin can help win the fight against breast cancer.

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