Cancer survivor finds love and support in viral Facebook photo

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on October 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 1:03 PM

HOUSTON— A cancer survivor whose picture went viral on the Internet said she’s determined to conquer the disease that she’s now in the midst of fighting for the fourth time.

“I plan on getting through this,” said Jamie Gilmore, the 30-year-old married mother who suffers from a rare form of cancer called acinic cell carsinoma.

It afflicts about 135 people in the U.S. each year.

Gilmore, who has lost all of her hair, said learning of its recurrence never gets easy.

“You’re always thinking it’s something else.  It’s funny.  We always want to think it’s not cancer every time you notice,” she said.

Despite her long battle with the illness, Gilmore never sought out the spotlight.  But the spotlight found her at a Texans game during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Gilmore and her friends were there to watch the Texans play the Packers, and they brought something with them that wound up receiving a lot of attention.

“It’s not the first time we’ve made a poster for the Texans game,” she said.

The sign they carried said Gilmore was battling cancer and included the name of her non-profit foundation called Jamie’s Hope, which raises money to support the development of targeted therapies that treat the rarest forms of cancer.

A snap shot of Jamie holding the sign was posted on the KHOU 11 News Facebook page, and has already received more than 20,000 likes and over a 170,000 views.

“My hope is that they’re going to be able to treat patients with better medication.  This is very important, not just to me, but for everyone who has cancer,” she said.

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