Karen Liederbach knows what it feels like to be told you have cancer. After being diagnosed with breast cancer and going through chemo treatments, she recently celebrated 10 years of being cancer free.

The 1980 Batesville High School graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, is now helping others who are going through what she did.

“I took a course through the American Cancer Society and got certified as a Reach for Recovery counselor. I provide emotional support to recently diagnosed patients via telephone and personal visits at the cancer center where l received treatment,” says the Grosse Pointe, Michigan, resident, who is a part-time preschool teacher and Mary Kay consultant. “I know from experience that they are very afraid and everything is so uncertain. I feel it’s important to show them that they are going to be the same as they were before in many ways and most likely a lot stronger!”

“To celebrate 10 years of being breast cancer free, I put my Mary Kay skills to use and had a ‘Mascarathon for a Cure’ during the month of October (2019). My goal was to sell 100 mascara products, and I ended up selling 140! I donated $5 of each mascara sale to the Mary Kay Foundation, a nonprofit that supports innovative research for cancers affecting women. I also assembled 25 ‘Chemo Care’ packages from people who didn’t need mascara, but wanted to donate them to the patients at the cancer center. It was a very fulfilling month with kind gestures of giving from so many of my Mary Kay customers.”

Liederbach and her husband, Kevin, have lived in Michigan “for many years, due to Kevin’s career with Ford Motor Co.,” she says. “We have three children, Blaise, Kelley and Andrew, with only Blaise living locally.” He and his wife, Liz, recently had a baby, giving Karen and Kevin their first grandchild. “Andrew lives in San Francisco, and Kelley lives in Chicago.”

“I enjoy reading, shopping, skiing, travel and am also the buyer for a small retail area at Ertel Cellars Winery, Batesville.”

She reveals, “I grew up in Batesville and am the daughter of Kim and Bill Kelley. My parents, along with sister Betsy and brother B.J., reside in Batesville with their families .... I treasure the visits back to Batesville as often as I can get there.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 220114.

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