Nebraska Med hosts Brake for Breakfast and promotes breast cancer awareness

BUTTERFLY, Neb. (KMTV) – Hundreds lined up for Nebraska Medicine’s annual Brake for Breakfast event. This is an organized effort by the hospital to increase awareness of the importance of breast cancer screenings.

Nicole Keil is one of many volunteers working at this year’s event, sharing an important message for every driver about breast cancer prevention.

“I come here because I love raising awareness about getting your mammograms done and keeping people on track every year,” Keil said.

It’s something she’s been doing for six years and it’s a cause close to her heart. Keil is a breast cancer survivor, nurse recalls when she was diagnosed

“I like to look at things and so I got to see the ultrasound and I knew it,” she said. “The only thing I remember about that day, with my husband next to me, was that he put his hand on my knee and said I would see my child grow.”

At just 41, Keil was in stage 3 when she was diagnosed. She has just celebrated eight years without cancer and considers it a blessing to be able to connect with other survivors.

“I’ve been able to sit down with others and let them know it’s okay – they’re going to be okay.”

She wants everyone to understand the importance of knowing their body.

“I always tell people in line, ‘You know yourself better than anyone, including your doctor. If something’s wrong, get it checked out. If you’re still not feeling well about what they say, get a second opinion.

Organizers estimated that about 800 cars passed through three locations in the Omaha area.

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