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Contact: Katie Baker
PONTIAC, Mich., Oct. 24, 2013— June 4, 2009 will
forever be the day that Anya Carr’s life changed. Instead of enjoying leftover
birthday cake, Anya Carr heard the words no one wants to hear. You have cancer.
The math teacher from
Walton Charter Academy was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the help of her
husband, two sons, and students and staff at Walton, Carr beat cancer and now
wants to bring awareness for breast cancer research to her students.
treatment I learned to enjoy everything and everyone around me,” said Carr.
“Now that I have been through that, I want to help those people who are going
through exactly what I went through.”
During the months of
chemotherapy, Carr says she not only received the support of her husband Ray
and two sons Stephan and Malik, but her extended family at Walton Charter
a family affair,” said Carr. “During treatment my husband and sons would sit
with me and read me the cards and letters from students and staff at Walton.
They kept the cards and well wishes coming during my entire treatment time.”
Now with treatment
behind her, the former college athlete has more time to stay active and enjoy
“I was a former
basketball player at Oakland University, so I still love to play the game with
my sons,” Carr said. “If I am not playing basketball I love to walk, jog,
dance, and roller skate. Any time I can exercise I enjoy it.”
Academy staff and students are showing their support for breast cancer
awareness and survivors like Mrs. Carr by hosting a pink day on October 28. All
staff and students who choose to wear pink will donate a $1 and all funds
raised will go to support the McLaren Oakland Foundation. The foundation
provides uninsured women and families with free mammogram and health-services.
“I am so happy Walton
staff and students are participating in a pink day. It is important to me to give back and help
others. It is inspiring to see our entire school come together and make it
important to them too,” Carr said.
With cancer in the
past, Mrs. Carr has fully stepped back into the classroom and continues to
teach and mentor 7th and 8th grade students at Walton.
"Anya Carr is an example of our
moral focus virtues personified,” said Amy Ebling, principal at Walton Charter
Academy. “She is a fighter who exemplifies perseverance and determination. She
is a survivor who exemplifies courage and a story of hope. She is an
inspiration for her students and her colleagues as to how your attitude and
spirit can conquer any challenge life hands you."
Anya Carr wears many
hats, that of a wife, mother, daughter, teacher, co-worker, friend, and
athlete, all which prove she’s certainly more than just a survivor.