CUMBERLAND, Md. (WUSA) -- In the far western, Appalachian portion of Maryland lies the city of Cumberland. Two years ago, I went there to meet Buddy Check 9's number one fan, Debbie Fornwalt.
Back in 2010, you couldn't miss her bald head, decorated with a breast cancer ribbon tattoo and one for Buddy Check 9.
"I've already had my fourth haircut and I have curls now," said Deb.
Having hair is the only obvious change in Deb. She's still a Labor & Delivery nurse at Western Maryland Health Systems. She's still supported in her cancer journey by Best Buddies Martin, "the Ex", their son Jason, and good friend Pam Mulligan.
She still credits Buddy Check 9 for finding her breast cancer.
"You have been doing Buddy Check 9 for so long and you've touched so many people and you were completely responsible for me finding my lump and for saving my life," shared Deb.
Now Deb is paying it forward the Buddy Check way. She reminds women in person about the steps to good breast health and she's convinced a local radio station to do it on air.
For a year now WCBC 1270 AM has been airing Buddy Check-like reminders on the 12th of the month. They call it "We Care Breast Check Day," reaching listeners in Cumberland, Frostburg and Keyser, West Virginia.
In August, Deb and I were guests on WCBC, talking with radio personality Jim Drake about prevention and early detection.
Mary Clites, General Manger at WCBC, told us, "We've gotten calls from ladies in our community thanking us for doing it...."
She added, "If you don't know for certain how many lives you've truly touched, but if we've made a difference in one, it's worthwhile."