Rachael Cates was just twenty-four years old when doctors discovered she had breast cancer. She said it didn't run in her family... and it came as a complete surprise.
"It started as a mass in my chest," she said.
One doctor told her to wait it out. Two months later, it had doubled in size.
"That day we found out it was breast cancer," she said. "The next day I was at oncology."
From there, it was Chemotherapy and Radiation. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread to Cates lungs. She is now a stage 4 lifer, but has been tumor free for a year.
"I want people to understand that age doesn't matter... It can happen to you," said Cates.
That's why Cates spoke at Bras for the Cause at Coaches & Cowboys in Tyler Tuesday night.
The event pulls local firefighters out on stage to strut bras designed by local businesses. Each bra is auctioned off along with a gift basket. The money goes towards the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which is dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.
That's something bigger than just modeling bras for Rachael.
You can help fight the cure here.