Breast Cancer Survivor Gets A Surprise Lesson From The Rockettes

"I owe it to myself and my family to live to the fullest and enjoy every moment."

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of the month, we will be highlighting the stories of those affected, as well as the people who come to their aid and help bring awareness to the issue.

"One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime," according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, making it the most common form of cancer for women. However, from 1989 to 2015, deaths from breast cancer in the U.S. have dropped by 39 percent, according to the latest American Cancer Society's report. 


Currently there are about 3.3 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S., and among those survivors is Lauren Kent, 31, who was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. 

"It was hard receiving this diagnosis knowing that I had two small children who very much depend on me, not really knowing what the future would hold," Kent says in an interview with TODAY. But after surgeries, a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, Kent is now cancer-free. 

"I owe it to myself and my family to live to the fullest and enjoy every moment," Kent says. 

For their #PinkPowerTODAY campaign, TODAY decided to surprise Kent, who loves to dance, by inviting her to New York City to be on a breast cancer panel. In actuality, Hoda Kotb (who is also a breast cancer survivor) was there to invite her to a dance lesson with The Radio City Rockettes

In the video for TODAY, Kent arrives in New York with her family, including her husband, who's in on the entire plan. The Rockettes then teach her some of their actual choreography. 

"It's amazing. She looks like she belongs out there," Kent's husband says. "She deserves this."

After some high kicks and one final pose, Kent says, "It feels good to dance again."

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