‘She put family first’


White River Township resident Carol Flanigan received then-new radiation therapy for breast cancer nearly 50 years ago. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

The third-grade teacher had a natural, easy way with kids and seemed to a Center Grove area resident like she’d make a good mother.

After White River Township resident Carol Flanigan found a lump in her breast, she started reviewing in her mind every woman she knew. She kept coming back to her son’s teacher and thought she would be the best candidate to raise her kids, based on the kind way she treated them in school.

Flanigan had just gone through breast cancer and had a mastectomy three years earlier and thought the disease was back.

Her life was over, she thought. She would die this time.

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