Note to Breast Cancer: Don't mess with Thao Barnes.
After Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans in 2005, Thao and other Oklahoma police officers used their leave time to go to Louisiana.
“The officers there needed a lot of help,” Thao says. “They were scattered and taking fire, having problems getting supplies. We split in half and went with a Special Forces-commanded guard group afloat doing rescue missions. It was pretty rough seeing all the bodies, the hopeless look about the people, all the pets left behind. We slogged around in that contaminated water for fifteen hours each day, trying to make sure no one was left behind.”
Thao received a Distinguished Service medal and was inspired to join the Coast Guard.
“Their motto is ‘Semper Paratus’ which means ‘always ready.’ These people are out there saving lives, working that mission 24/7.”
Thao is a shining example of what's possible in a life after breast cancer, and we're so grateful that she's busting out that same hustle to help other women through SGK.
In Promise Me, you'll read more about Thao's adventures, her harrowing battle with breast cancer, and how she's helped Susan G. Komen for the Cure in our 24/7 mission to saves lives. Semper Paratus!
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