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Two-time breast cancer survivor Annabeth Light Lockhart advocates for mammograms

Annabeth Lockhart is joined by granddaughter Lindsay Dillenbeck in the window of the F.M Lights & Sons store in downtown Steamboat Springs. Lockhart is a two-time breast cancer survivor.
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Spur for the Cure

• Women who receive a mammogram at the Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center by Nov. 30 can enter into a drawing for a chance to win their choice of Old Gringo cowboy boots from F.M. Light & Sons (up to a $600 value). The drawing is Dec. 1.

• Schedule a mammogram by calling 970-871-2399 or visit http://www.yvmc.org/breast health.

• Saturday appointments are available.

— Annabeth Light Lockhart was getting a routine physical for a trip to Spain in 1964 when her doctor found something unusual.

“He found a lump,” Lockhart said. “They didn’t have mammograms back then, but the doctor said he didn’t like the way it looked.”

Lockhart said that in those years, breast cancer was viewed as a “death nail,” and once diagnosed, the odds weren’t good.



But Lockhart found a doctor in Denver who she trusted, and after diagnosing her, he chose to perform a mastectomy to remove one of her breasts.

Lockhart recovered well and returned to her everyday life in Steamboat Springs, where she and her husband, Lloyd Lockhart, were running the family business, F.M. Light & Sons.



Lockhart continued to get annual physical exams after her initial diagnosis and 20 years later, in 1984, a doctor found a lump in her remaining breast.

Spur for the Cure

• Women who receive a mammogram at the Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center by Nov. 30 can enter into a drawing for a chance to win their choice of Old Gringo cowboy boots from F.M. Light & Sons (up to a $600 value). The drawing is Dec. 1.

• Schedule a mammogram by calling 970-871-2399 or visit http://www.yvmc.org/breast health.

• Saturday appointments are available.

A mammogram that year and the next didn’t reveal any concerns, but eventually, her doctor decided to schedule surgery regardless, and after determining the lump was once again cancerous, he removed Lockhart’s remaining breast.

This time the treatment included chemotherapy, with Lockhart undergoing multiple treatments over about six months.

With services unavailable in the Yampa Valley at the time, Lockhart commuted to Denver for chemo, and luckily her husband would drive her back to Steamboat quickly, before she ever got sick.

Lockhart, now 93, said she relied on prayer during her recovery and the experience reinforced her belief that people need to take control of their own health.

“Annabeth has always said if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything,” said Lindsay Dillenbeck, Lockhart’s granddaughter and current owner of the family business, along with her husband, Chris. “You don’t realize how valuable and important your health is until it’s gone.”

With Lockhart’s experience in mind, Dillenbeck was excited when Yampa Valley Medical Center approached her with an idea for a partnership to encourage local women to get mammograms during October — breast cancer awareness month.

Together, the store and YVMC’s Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center are sponsoring Spur for the Cure. Women who have a mammogram at the center by Nov. 30 can enter into a drawing for a chance to win a pair of Old Gringo cowboy boots of the winner’s choice, up to a $600 value.

Dillenbeck said Old Gringo is also helping to sponsor the promotion.

“It encourages women to become aware of your health,” Dillenbeck said. “I felt strongly about this, knowing what Annabeth went through, so I was excited to help. Our family is really proud of Gram. We saw what she went through, and she had a lot of strength, and the Lord helped her through it.”

Although she’s twice battled cancer and lost both of her breasts, Lockhart said she was never worried about what the future might hold.

“I didn’t really worry,” Lockhart said. “Whatever will be, will be. There are a lot worse things than losing a breast.”

If she could give any advice to women today, Lockhart said it would be to approach their health aggressively, and if something bad is discovered, remain optimistic.

“If you do find a lump, don’t just watch it. Take action. Get a mammogram,” Lockhart said. “And there’s nothing wrong with losing a breast. I’ve lost two of them, and I don’t miss them.”

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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