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Lincoln postmaster walks in Sunday’s cancer awareness walk

Tina Hopkins wants staff to join her in weekend event
By: Patty McAlpinLincoln News Messenger Reporter
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Lincoln Postmaster and breast cancer survivor Tina Hopkins will participate in Sunday’s American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Greater Sacramento Area walk. Hopkins, 53, will walk with the Pink Postal Passion team. She’s asking postal employees to join her on the walk, which begins at 7 a.m. on the west steps of the State Capitol. Making Strides, according to the American Cancer Society’s website, “is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.” On May 18, Hopkins was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery May 31 and then six weeks of radiation treatment. She had a reminder card for a dentist appointment May 8 so she “decided to make that day a medical Monday and scheduled appointments for a mammogram, a physical, blood work, an eye exam and her adult care provider.” “I got a phone call to come back for another mammogram and got the bad news but everything after that has been positive,” Hopkins said. “Everyone at Kaiser has been so kind.” Her husband, postal worker Larry Hopkins, encouraged family members and postal workers in the Sacramento District to wear pink the day of her surgery and send him photos. From those photos, he made a collage that hangs in her office. The Sacramento District reaches the Oregon border on the north, Fresno to the south, Vacaville to the west and Lake Tahoe to the east. Hopkins has worked for the U.S. Postal Service since 1984. She has been postmaster of Loomis, Orangevale, Wheatland and Lincoln. She became postmaster of the Lincoln Post Office in July. Hopkins “was excited” to receive a phone call from Dr. Ernie Bodai this week. Bodai directs the Breast Health Center at the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, which has been recognized nationally as a “Center of Excellence.” The call was to follow up with Hopkins to see if she had any questions since her treatment was completed. Bodai convinced Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to issue the Breast Cancer Research Stamp – the first stamp in U.S. history that sells at more than face value (55 cents) with the surplus amount donated directly to breast cancer research, according to the Kaiser website. More than 950 million stamps have been sold raising nearly $73 million for crucial research. The stamps are sold at Post Offices nationwide, including Lincoln.