“I’m not afraid to tell people that I’m a survivor. I’m proud of it. My sister, unfortunately, didn’t make it, so I’m here for her, too,” says Lewis. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, as it is the most common cancer in American women besides skin cancer. (WBNG) — During Breast Cancer Awareness month, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Binghamton with Visions Federal Credit Union are spotlighting survivors. They also add that breast cancer can affect men. All the women say they found their strength in their families and kept fighting. They also stress the importance to donate to breast cancer research funds in order to one day find a cure. 12 News spoke with four women, Sally Colleti, Amy Purdy Godleski, Pat Roma, and Patty Lewis, who detailed what it means to be a breast cancer survivor. “I had an 87% chance of not making it past year 1, and I knew, I’m not good at math, but I knew, I have a 13% chance of surviving though. Somebody has to be in that 13%, why not me?,” said Colleti. All women stressed the importance of being screened and caution against saying “cancer-free,” an experience Purdy Godleski knows too well, having been rediagnosed years later, sharing, “I went five years in good health and then I had my normal, annual check-up, and then they found it again in a mammogram.” While their stories differ, they share the same tenacity and readiness to fight. Each of them shared a heartfelt battle, and all fought for their families. Colleti says it wasn’t an option to give up; as a mom to an adopted daughter and autistic son, she says she wasn’t going anywhere. Roma shared a message to fellow women who may also be struggling, saying, “It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to have a bad day, it’s okay to scream. Use your friends, use your family. They’re a good support for you, a good support system, and talk about it. While it’s a difficult diagnosis, Lewis says she’s proud.