The Columbus affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization recently announced Jodi Brown of Canal Winchester has been chosen as the winner of the Most Courageous Survivor Mom contest.

The Columbus affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization recently announced Jodi Brown of Canal Winchester has been chosen as the winner of the Most Courageous Survivor Mom contest.

It is the second year that Komen Columbus is spotlighting a mother who is either in remission or currently undergoing treatments for breast cancer.

Brown, a physical education teacher at Central Crossing High School and mother of two boys, was diagnosed with breast cancer March 10, 2010.

Just two months later, while undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments, she ran in the Komen for the Cure Race and finished with an impressive time.

Brown never took a leave of absence from her duties at Central Crossing, scheduling treatments on Thursdays and taking Fridays off to recover.

She taught summer school in 2010 while still undergoing infusions.

Brown underwent chemotherapy, herceptin, a bi-lateral mastectomy, 30 radiation treatments and breast reconstruction, finally resulting in success Jan. 23, 2012, with a latissimus flap surgery.

In the meantime, Brown participated in several triathlons that benefited breast cancer research, and completed the Pelotonia bike ride to Athens last year.

She also finished third in the Survivor category in last year's Komen Columbus Race for the Cure.

She has donated time giving several inspirational talks about her experience.

"We could not have found a better representative of a woman and mother who fought the brave fight through breast cancer, turning all of her experiences into positives," said Katie Carter, executive director of the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"Jodi is the embodiment of the term hero, as she had been so incredibly selfless with her time in helping others as a breast cancer survivor advocate, along with successfully juggling the duties of being a mom and an educator," Carter said.

As recipient of the Courageous Survivor Mom award, Komen Columbus are teaming up with several local businesses to pamper Brown with an overnight stay at the Westin Columbus, a meal at the Cameron Mitchell restaurant of her choice, her home cleaned from top to bottom by Stanley Steemer, shopping at Easton Town Center with a $100 gift card, and a manicure and pedicure from Denise Cramblit at Nails by Denise.

Brown also was recognized May 19 during the Race for the Cure.

"We are very honored to have Jodi among our ranks," Carter said.

Komen Columbus has raised more than $21 million since it began in 1993. Seventy-five percent of that money stays in its 30-county service area and is used to conduct breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs.

The other 25 percent goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund national breast cancer research programs.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

For more information, visit the website komencolumbus.org.