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Brenda Ladun - A Breast Cancer Survivor

Updated on February 19, 2014
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Brenda Ladun: She Is Surviving Breast Cancer One Day At a Time!

Brenda Ladun is one the 6pm/10pm news Anchors on the ABC TV affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama. That is how I first "met" her. I watched her grow as a newscaster over the years, then I watched her cope with breast cancer - twice. I thought she was such a brave person to keep working while she was battling her disease. Some days she looked wonderful. Other days, she just plainly looked tired. But she kept on keeping on. Let me remind you, she did this twice.

Then I heard her on The Rick and Bubba Show--a radio show that is produced in Birmingham, AL. Now she is my Superhero. In a field that is really fickle and superficial (TV aka "Entertainment"), Ms. Ladun made a point by staying on the air. She was showing us ALL that one can cope with cancer. One CAN keep coping with cancer with God's help. Channel 33/40 also impressed me with their support of Ms. Ladun.

Every year, Ms. Ladun gives her name and time to a Conquer Cancer Run . In 2014 the run will be on March 1st.

PS--Kudos to WABC 33/40 for allowing her to keep reporting the news while she endured chemotherapy and sharing her life! Click here for an easy and free way to help fund mammograms for those in need at The Breast Cancer Site!

Image credit: the Scenes of Breast Cancer: A News Anchor Tells Her Story of Body and Soul Recovery

Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run
Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run

Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run

First weekend in March!

The Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run will be held in Birmingham, Alabama on March 1, 2014. The 9th Annual Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run will take place at St. Vincent's One Nineteen, on the first Saturday morning of the month.

The schedule of events is as follows:

7:00 a.m. Day-Of Registration & Packet-Pick Up

Vendor's Booths Open

8:00 a.m. 5K Walk/Run Start

9:00 a.m. 1 Mile Walk/Run Start

9:45 a.m. Awards Ceremony


The event is open to all ages and all runners.

The Conquer Cancer Run Begins HERE: - (where you can register)

Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run Begins HERE:
7191 Cahaba Valley Road, Hoover, AL

get directions

Learn how you can beat cancer, too. - Brenda Ladun will give you courage to battle cancer.

Books that will give you inspiration to survive.

Brenda's Short Bio - From Birmingham Wiki (link at end of article)

Brenda Ladun is an evening news anchor for ABC 33/40.

Ladun grew up in Pennsylvania where she had an opportunity to learn about broadcast journalism for her school's closed-circuit television station. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's in mass communications. She met her husband, sportscaster Doug Bell while working at a television station in Gainesville. The couple moved to Peoria, Illinois for five years before coming to Birmingham. Ladun worked at WBRC 6 from 1987 to 1996 before joining the staff at ABC 33/40.

Ladun is a five-time winner of the Alabama Associated Press Awards for Best Investigative Reporter and Best Specialized Reporter. She has also won for Best Anchor.

In 2001 Ladun was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and underwent chemotherapy. During her recovery she took up running and has competed in several marathons. In 2007, after a period of apparent remission, the cancer returned. Ladun points to her faith as the foundation of her strength to fight the disease. She is a regional spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and has written two books about her recovery. For a special series she aired about breast cancer she was given the Edward R. Murrow Award for Radio and Television Journalism.

Bell and Ladun have three sons, Brooks, Gabby and Garett. She is an active supporter of the Grace House Christian Home for Girls and teaches Sunday school at Hunter Street Baptist Church.

Obtained from BHAM WIKI

Isaiah 58:8

(New International Version)

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,

and your healing will quickly appear...

Brenda Ladun Story on YouTube - Watch Her!

Books my Superhero Wrote About Her Battle With Cancer

Brenda fought cancer twice and continues to win.

100% of any earnings from this lens goes to charity!

Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run--A Video

What Brenda Does In the Community - Conquer Cancer Run Is Not the Only Thing She Does

Brenda Ladun has been an inspiration to many!

What do you think of Brenda Ladun and her survivor story?

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    • MariaMontgomery profile image


      6 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      This is a really well-done lens. You've done a lot of research about funding breast cancer research. Kudos.

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      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you so much for getting the word out there. I appreciate you adding my lens about Brenda Ladun. I admire her so very much.

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      7 years ago

      I added your lens to my BreastCancerWarriors group lens.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Very nice local story!

    • crazycuriosity profile image


      7 years ago

      I am a Breast Cancer Survivor. Cancer free 6 years. Thank you for creating this lens.

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      BW Duerr 

      7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      @Mickie Gee: You are very welcome. :D

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      BW Duerr 

      7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      oops! Came back to lensroll. Thanks!

    • dwnovacek profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing Brenda's story with us. Angel Blessings to you (and to Brenda as well.).

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      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago


    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @SoyCandleLover: A warrior, she is! Thanks for the feature.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @VSP: Thanks for the lensroll.

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      BW Duerr 

      7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Brenda Ladun isn't just a survivor, but a warrior! Inspiring story about an amazing woman. Well done and featured.

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      7 years ago

      I have not heard of Ms. Ladun. Thank you for introducing her to me. Great job.

    • rlivermore profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so I always enjoy this type of article.

    • TheresaMarkham profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow! Wonderful lens on a wonderful person! Great job!

    • VSP profile image


      7 years ago

      Looks like pink put us on the same theme. Lensrolled to my Pink Ribbon Office Supplies lens. Great lens will provide hope for many.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Nice lens, I've heard a bit about Brenda Ladun's cancer story before but now I know more. (Sorry, that wasn't supposed to rhyme.)

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      Interesting idea for a page and a great story. Nice job.

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      7 years ago

      Very nice and thoughtful lens, impressive woman!

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      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      Very inspiring. She's a brave lady!

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      8 years ago

      A very appropriate lens for me to read since I just came back from my mammogram. You would think in 2009 they would have found a more humane way to do it. Sigh. But the good news is that I was diagnosed in 2001 and have had no recurrence. Thanks goodness we have people like Brenda who are willing to go public with their stories to fight for a cure. 5* and thanks for visiting Fairies for Flowers.

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      9 years ago

      Wow; an amazing woman and an inspirational story! Thank you for sharing it and providing a source of encouragement for women everywhere :o) 5*

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      9 years ago

      I love you Brenda, you inspire me so much! God is good and he is blessing us every day to have you. You are a jewel that brings her community together.. You did it, as you say "I couldn't have made that run without prayer". I seem to be praying a lot lately. Thanks

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      9 years ago

      go girl go i wish i had the go u have thanks to u you some one might live a other day thanks for allowing us to be a part of your life


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