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Why I am Making Strides

My passion for volunteering with the American Cancer Society started in January 2010 when I discovered a lump in my breast. Of course, this happened on a Friday night, and I spent the next 48 hours panicked, scared and fearing the unknown. Besides having my husband by side, the only other comfort I had was: I had my first mammogram in November 2009. I was at my doctor’s office for my annual physical, and she mentioned my medical insurance allowed for 1 baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 39. I’ll admit.  I’m a huge chicken when it comes to anything medical. Seriously, I can’t drive by a hospital without getting the heebie-jeebies.  However, I took my doctor’s recommendation seriously and agreed to schedule a mammogram that very month. Call it fate, God or whatever higher power but that decision kept me sane over those long 48 hours.  I had a mammogram less than 2 months ago and the results were negative. I held onto that knowledge like a child clings to a security blanket, thinking if I’m diagnosed I’ve caught it early.

Finally, Monday morning dawned, and I called my doctor. I was sent for another mammogram and then recommended to schedule a small needle biopsy. Remember, I mentioned I hate anything medical? Well, you guessed it. I put off the biopsy for several months. Denial is a wonderful thing. I allowed my life to tick-on until March and then I scheduled the biopsy. I was beyond lucky. I had a fluid filled cyst.

I’ll never forget the doctor pushing a greenish substance into a small glass vial. She held the vial for me and my husband to see and said, “You’re okay. You can go back to work.” Honestly, if she uttered anything else I don’t remember. My husband and I sat stone still. Puzzled expressions coated both of our faces. Several more minutes passed. I mustered the courage and asked her, “When do I need to come back for another mammogram?” She assured me I was okay; follow up mammograms weren’t needed but to remember to schedule my next one when I turned 40.

The very day we left her office we found out a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her situation was severe. She had a double mastectomy, chemo and radiation and a long battle ahead of her. Then I had another friend diagnosed. She had a lumpectomy and radiation. From there the number of women I knew who were being diagnosed with breast cancer seemed to grow. So, my passion for supporting the American Cancer Society isn’t about me— it’s about the women I know and even those I don’t who have faced down the demon breast cancer and survived!

Why I Support the American Cancer Society

Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in innovative research to find, prevent, and treat breast cancer. 

I have signed up to walk and fundraise for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. I hope you will consider joining my team and/or making a donation in support of my efforts. 

Together, we can make a difference.

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I’ve Raised $1,636.74
My Goal $5,000.00

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Tucson
Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Why I Am
Making Strides

Why I am Making Strides

My passion for volunteering with the American Cancer Society started in January 2010 when I discovered a lump in my breast. Of course, this happened on a Friday night, and I spent the next 48 hours panicked, scared and fearing the unknown. Besides having my husband by side, the only other comfort I had was: I had my first mammogram in November 2009. I was at my doctor’s office for my annual physical, and she mentioned my medical insurance allowed for 1 baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 39. I’ll admit.  I’m a huge chicken when it comes to anything medical. Seriously, I can’t drive by a hospital without getting the heebie-jeebies.  However, I took my doctor’s recommendation seriously and agreed to schedule a mammogram that very month. Call it fate, God or whatever higher power but that decision kept me sane over those long 48 hours.  I had a mammogram less than 2 months ago and the results were negative. I held onto that knowledge like a child clings to a security blanket, thinking if I’m diagnosed I’ve caught it early.

Finally, Monday morning dawned, and I called my doctor. I was sent for another mammogram and then recommended to schedule a small needle biopsy. Remember, I mentioned I hate anything medical? Well, you guessed it. I put off the biopsy for several months. Denial is a wonderful thing. I allowed my life to tick-on until March and then I scheduled the biopsy. I was beyond lucky. I had a fluid filled cyst.

I’ll never forget the doctor pushing a greenish substance into a small glass vial. She held the vial for me and my husband to see and said, “You’re okay. You can go back to work.” Honestly, if she uttered anything else I don’t remember. My husband and I sat stone still. Puzzled expressions coated both of our faces. Several more minutes passed. I mustered the courage and asked her, “When do I need to come back for another mammogram?” She assured me I was okay; follow up mammograms weren’t needed but to remember to schedule my next one when I turned 40.

The very day we left her office we found out a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her situation was severe. She had a double mastectomy, chemo and radiation and a long battle ahead of her. Then I had another friend diagnosed. She had a lumpectomy and radiation. From there the number of women I knew who were being diagnosed with breast cancer seemed to grow. So, my passion for supporting the American Cancer Society isn’t about me— it’s about the women I know and even those I don’t who have faced down the demon breast cancer and survived!

Why I Support the American Cancer Society

Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in innovative research to find, prevent, and treat breast cancer. 

I have signed up to walk and fundraise for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. I hope you will consider joining my team and/or making a donation in support of my efforts. 

Together, we can make a difference.

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Save Lives From Breast Cancer

Thanks to the support of so many, the American Cancer Society is there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. Including those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and risk reduction.

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$ 69 million

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24 thousand

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Welcome to our Team Page. We've formed a team because this cause is important to us. We want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer.

There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It’s helping fund innovative research. It's providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It’s providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause.

How We Support the American Cancer Society

Of course we walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And we solicit donations from family, friends, and other supporters. But we also schedule fundraisers in lead-up to the big event. Bake-sales, car washes, and countless other types of events. And we promote those on social media, through Facebook and Twitter, by word of mouth, and through flyers at work and around the neighborhood. The success of fundraising events depends on two things - hard work and getting the word out. And we're out to do both. Keep an eye out for our fundraising events.

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