We are happy to introduce Cara Springer as one of our 2017 Wings of Hope Tributes. Cara lives in Douglassville, PA with her husband, Chris, and their three beautiful kids. Zak, 18, is a freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Sophie, 6, is in 1st grade at MEC, and Clark, 5, is in Pre-K 2 at St. Paul’s. She is well loved, admired, and respected in her community.
Cara was an elementary school teacher for 13 years and has spent the last 3 years working in instructional support for grades K-4. In her free time, Cara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and reading.
Cara’s journey with cancer began when she was only 6, when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cara was 8 years old when she lost her mom to cancer. Her mom was 29 years old. Because of her mom’s diagnosis at such a young age, Cara began receiving annual mammograms at 19. Her doctor ended up discovering a lump in her breast on February 28, 2017. Further testing revealed that the lump was Stage 1 cancer. During that time, she also chose to do genetic testing, which revealed that she was BRACA 1 positive, which gave her an 87% chance of having cancer in her other breast. She had a double mastectomy in April and began her chemotherapy treatments in May. She was happy to complete her chemo treatments at the beginning of September. Because her particular cancer was HER2 positive, she will continue with Herceptin treatments until May 2018.
Cara remains positive and focused on her family, friends, and career. We are thrilled to have her in the Wings of Hope family, and look forward to celebrating each milestone of her journey with her!