Caterpillar VP and Susan G. Komen Working to Knock Out Breast Cancer

February 9, 2016

This was no heavyweight boxing title bout – her fight was much bigger. 

Last year, Julie Lagacy, Caterpillar's Chief Information Officer and vice president of the Global Information Services division, was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, she beat breast cancer to the punch with incredible treatment and support from the local medical community, friends, family – and by perfecting her left hook. 

"I've really increased my level of exercise the past few years and my goal is to train four times a week,” said Julie. “Prior to my breast cancer surgery, I stayed dedicated to my training – my recovery would have been much tougher had I not developed that strength."

But Julie's strength isn't just physical.

“My biggest fear was telling my children. But I wanted them to feel my optimism, so they could have that optimism – so they could have that strength also.”

While she’s cancer free today, her breast cancer journey is far from over. This year, Caterpillar will be sponsoring Susan G. Komen’s 2016 Race for the Cure – and Julie will be leading the charge. 

 “I had no warning signs. Without a mammogram, I would not have known that I had breast cancer. And we know that early detection is key.” 

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing education, screenings and real-time help to those facing the disease. Like Caterpillar, Susan G. Komen was grown out of Peoria, Illinois. 

“If you’re healthy today, you’ve got to fight. If you’re not healthy, you’ve got to fight. You’ve got to fight with your body, fight with your mind, fight with your time and fight with your money by giving to medical research.” 

Watch Julie’s full story here.

To learn more about the Komen Memorial Affiliate in Peoria, Illinois, including signing up for the 2016 Race for the Cure and joining Julie, visit komenmemorial.org. The Memorial Affiliate holds the distinction of being the birth and final resting place of Susan G. Komen. It holds the second oldest race in the Komen Race for the Cure series, the largest fundraising event of its kind in Peoria history. This event brings as many as 17,000 women men and children together each May, raising approximately $1 million dollars annually for breast cancer education, screening, treatment and research.

To learn more about Susan G. Komen, including your local affiliate, visit komen.org.

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