His journey hasn't been easy.

It's obvious when observing the work of Cleveland Heights native Nathan Mumford.

The 36-year-old lost his mother, Karen, to breast cancer in the summer of 2005.

Two years later, he started the Karen E. Mumford Cancer Foundation to honor his mother’s legacy and to positively impact those facing the disease.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is also Karen’s birth month. Each year on her birthday -- Oct. 6 -- Mumford organizes a day of pampering for groups of women with cancer.

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The event is called Karen Cares.

Through Karen Cares, Healthy Spaces and From the Heart programs, Mumford hopes to generate support for cancer research and provide services for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Mumford himself is a three-time cancer survivor. He has beaten hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia and colon cancer.