Kori TincupFC

Kori Tincup was one of the speakers before the luminaria ceremony at the 2018 Reedley Relay for Life. The Reedley resident has battled cancer since first being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She has appeared at various Relay-related events around the Central Valley, where she has shared her story for years.



The American Cancer Society has volunteers who are called “Heroes of Hope.” These individuals are cancer survivors who are willing to share their stories with our communities.

Reedley has one such Hero of Hope, Kori Tincup. I first met Kori in 2006 as part of the Reedley Relay for Life event. Over the years we have become close friends and I have had the privilege of traveling with her to various events in the Central Valley where she has shared her story with others.

Kori was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 She found a lump in her right breast and went to the doctor to be checked. The doctor told her she did not have breast cancer because the lump was not black, she was only 39 years old and had no family history. She was persistent, the lump was tender and finally the doctor agreed to a lumpectomy, the results came back, it was cancerous. 

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