WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The National Breast Cancer Foundation has handed out its first ever Andrea Roane Courage Award. It recognizes more than 20 years of Buddy Check 9 educating women and men about the importance of early detection and lifestyle changes to prevent cancer.

The Courage Award recipient is Tammy Gray, a breast cancer survivor and advocate. She's a physical therapist who works with rehab patients at the INOVA Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Leesburg.

BJ's Wholesale Club presented Tammy with a $1,000 gift card, and also donated $410,000 to help provide mammograms to women in need.

To see how Tammy Gray has made a difference, click here: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/health/2014/04/14/courage-award-cancer/7694537/

Read or Share this story: http://on.wusa9.com/Qdv66T