Mandy Nelson’s support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is derived not only from her knowledge that breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world today but also from her experience as the daughter of a breast cancer survivor.
“While I was in law school, my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Mrs. Nelson said. “She underwent a series of treatments including surgery and chemotherapy. Because I was away at school, I felt like I was not there to support her as much as I wanted. I am still amazed at her strength and courage. I am thankful that she had the support of Komen to show her that there was a long line of survivors ahead of her. Today, thanks to my Mom’s perseverance and her wonderful team of doctors, she is cancer-free!”
On Thursday, October 20, at Liberty Hall in downtown Tyler, the Tyler Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will present Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate at Pink, Party & Poetry: Celebrating Breast Cancer Survivors. A lifelong poet, as well as a wife and mother of two, Mrs. Morton was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2008. She wrote her way through diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and the PET scan that showed her to be cancer-free.
Mrs. Nelson said, “Each year, Komen holds a breast cancer event in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to honor and pay tribute to survivors. I feel fortunate to work on this event with my Mom and to help celebrate her win over breast cancer.”
Outside of her service to Komen, Mrs. Nelson is a member of the Smith County Bar Association where she served as president. She is also a member of the Smith County Young Lawyers Association, the Fifth Circuit Bar Association, and the Honorable T. John Ward Inn of Court.
Born in Houston, Texas, Mrs. Nelson grew up in Tyler. She and her husband, Kyle, have been married for two years. Mrs. Nelson is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her juris doctorate degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. The Nelsons attend First Presbyterian Church in Tyler.
“I am always amazed at how Tyler really supports, encourages, and values its community volunteers. Tyler is fortunate to have an organization like Komen which educates women about breast cancer detection, supports women during their treatment, and celebrates them as survivors,” Mrs. Nelson said.
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