Veronica, Jeannie and MaliyahIn October of 2012, Veronica Glover was fortunate to detect her stage II breast cancer symptoms early due to WTLV-12 news anchor Jeannie Blaylock’s BUDDY Check 12 program and a very painful accidental kick to the breast by her granddaughter, Maliyah, that drew attention to the mass.

Her one-year road to recovery was paved with the responsibility of caring for her sick grandfather, hospital stays, school, loss of employment, and financial hardships. On top of this, the unexpected home repairs just kept coming as her husband waited for a job assignment through the IBEW Union in Beaumont, Texas. At times the chaos of it all was simply overwhelming and depressing. As someone who has always tried to be positive, she felt helpless and alone.

However, one Sunday, while listening to an inspiring sermon preached by Bishop Rudolph McKissick. Sr. entitled "It's a part of the process," referencing the Romans 8:28 scripture, "all things work together for good to those who love the Lord," she decided not to give in to negative thoughts and turn her test into a testimony.

Veronica actively distributed Buddy Check 12 kits to her co-workers, friends, and the community. She encouraged other women who reached out to her after being diagnosed. Like so many others, she passionately celebrated survivorship by wearing buttons, arm bracelets, t-shirts, and walking in breast cancer events.

Then the specter of cancer that existed made a dramatic reappearance in Veronica's life in April 2014 when her husband, Horace Nathaniel Glover Sr., was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. In his hospital room, she replayed the reels of their life over and over again to see if she saw signs that indicated he was sick. Her answer was no. At least none she recognized. Had she somehow missed a 31-day colon cancer awareness campaign to inform the people of signs and symptoms? Again, the answer was no.

Veronica and Horace

Unfortunately, on October 6, 2014, she held the man she shared a life with for 27 years as he took his last breath at 49. Like so many others, Veronica's husband lost his life to a form of cancer that, if detected early, is preventable.

Overcome by guilt and grief, she knew she had to do something with this heart-wrenching experience and the invaluable lessons she learned "on the road to recovery" and with the death of her husband. Cancer taught her that the fight to survive is extensive and expensive; the scope of cancer extends beyond the breast, and often we lose those we love to the disease.

Veronica Glover made a commitment that SisterHermana would fight for those with cancer on the other side of research, creating a framework for an organization dedicated to supporting the cancer community by providing culturally transcendent services, family-driven, and youth inclusive.