Heather Salazar and family (from left): Lexi, Caleb, Heather, Steve, Christian, Cara. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ELIZABETH BURNS

Podcast: Heather Salazar imagined dying in front of her kids

Heather Salazar feared her kids were going to see her die. 

And she had reason to fear. 

Just a year before, the young mother and her kids watched breast cancer kill the 24-year-old woman who gave life to the baby girl the family adopted.

>> Daytonian of the Week: Heather Salazar

>> RELATED: Pink Ribbon Girls leader shares inspirational journey

A year later, the murderer had its sights on Heather.

Through faith, friendship and community support, Heather pushed through, beating breast cancer and building the Pink Ribbon Girls, one of the area’s most well-known breast cancer groups. 

>> RELATED: How you can join the fight against breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the Pink Ribbon Girls work year round to provide meals, house-cleaning services, rides and peer support for women fighting breast and gynecological cancers, regardless of income.

Heather shares her family's triumphant story with “What Had Happened Was” podcast host Amelia Robinson. She and Sarah Gillenwater, the Pink Ribbon Girls' marketing director, explain why hot meals and free rides to appointments are a far bigger deal than many of us consider and why things don’t always happen for a reason. 

RELATED: Pink Ribbon Girls take their fight on cancer out-of-state for the first time


“What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio. 

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