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"I feel that I am the poster child for this week for that fight and I just feel honored," says Yulinda Cook.
Yulinda scored a big victory in beating breast cancer 2 years ago, and the Titans will honor her as the 12th man. Instead of Pat Summit, it will be Yulinda Cook raising the Titans flag for an end to breast cancer.
"You have to be proactive," says Yulinda. "You have to check yourself every single day."
"She's a tough woman, man," says Jared. "She's amazing, just to see her go through it and seeing the steps she had to take and fight every stage of it. It was amazing to me."
The tight end also opened up about his mom's decision not to burden him with her diagnosis.
"It was in the summer of my junior year of South Carolina," says Jared. "One of my friends called me and she said how are you doing? I said I'm fine. She was like I was just calling to check on you. How's your mom doing? I said what do you mean how is my mom doing? She said your mom's surgery, how did it go? And I'm like what are you talking about?"
"I said I want you to focus on your studies and your games and everything you have to do in college because I'm going to be okay," says Yulinda.
"She's just selfless," says Jared.
"I believed that God was going to heal me and He did and here I am today," says Yulinda.
One other neat note about Yulinda: She continued working for the Social Security Administration throughout her treatment, and was even promoted while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Jared hosts events at his high school to raise money for breast cancer research.
Making Strides with FOX17
Making a difference is easy to do...one step at a time. Join Kelly Sutton and the whole FOX17 team at the 20th Anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. We have started the FOX17 Team page and invite you to walk with us so that more women in Middle Tennessee can celebrate more birthdays!
Every step and every penny makes a difference in fighting this disease, so if you can't walk with us, you can still help by donating. Making Strides events are a celebration of survival - an occasion to express hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love.
Your reason for supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides walk is as unique and special as the story that motivates you. More than likely, you've been affected by breast cancer in some way, and our Making Strides walk empowers you to make a difference and fight back. This is your opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to this disease, and raise funds and awareness to help end it forever.
Thank you from all of us at FOX17!