A real “Survivor” story
ladys Muzyczek ’76 is a survivor. Not the kind on the
TV show, but the kind that has faced life-threatening illness and
come out a winner. Assistant director of admissions at Rowan University’s
Camden campus, Muzyczek learned she had a cancerous tumor in 1992.
Her doctor had insisted that she have a routine mammogram and the
disease was detected in its early stages and controlled with radiation
“I wasn’t going to have the mammogram because of all
the things going on in my life,” she said. “I thought
I might put it off until the next year when I would have more time.
But because I had had my first child after the age of 34, my doctor
insisted that I have the test. Following her advice may have saved
Nearly 13 years later, Muzyczek is cancer-free and an inspiration
to her co-workers. Last year, about a half dozen colleagues participated
in her honor in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
This year, more than 20 Rowan-Camden employees collected $5,000
in donations and participated in the October 10 event in Philadelphia.
“She’s our hero,” said Laura
Rodriguez ’04, secretary for Rowan at Camden’s C.H.A.M.P. program and co-organizer
of the Team Rowan University walkers. “She handled her illness
so quietly and with so much courage, that many of us didn’t
know what she was going through. Now that we do, she’s our
inspiration. We want to raise awareness and funds that can hopefully
save others just like Gladys.”
A few days before the walk, Muzyczek received a dozen pink roses
and a cake to celebrate her survivor status. “I am so grateful
knowing that they are here supporting me,” she said. “I
am proud that my situation made them want to help others and if
telling people about what I’ve gone through can help one
person, I’m happy to do it.”