Wanda's Relay Page

I’ve Raised $2,038.32
My Goal $3,000.00
Why I Relay
Hello and Thank You for visiting my donation page. 

My name is Wanda Butts Rice, and I am a breast cancer survivor.

For over 30 years, I’ve been very conscience of preventative healthcare including annual mammograms.  I know how important early detection is with any diagnosis. I’ve experienced cancer through the eyes and suffering of family members and friends who’ve battled different forms of cancer.

At the age of 56, my faith was  tested in a mighty way. December 2020, I received the shock of my life, when I detected a large knot, not a small lump, but a large knot, in my right breast. I immediately reached out for help., After a quick exam, my gynecologist said “You have a significant mass”. While he was explaining what tests I would need, my mind began to race…where did this come from, did we catch it early enough, how will I tell my son…..

After multiple tests, I was given a diagnosis of Stage 3 Triple Negative Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer in my Right Breast and Right Lymph Nodes. I was devastated. I wondered, what did I miss? What did I do wrong?  I thought – I’m educated on cancer. I’ve helped others through cancer. I’ve supported my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated in its education and support of breast cancer awareness. How did I miss the signs???

I remember telling a friend and my Pastor about the diagnosis and prognosis.  They both said, you have one day to cry, then it’s time to fight.  They reminded me of my faith in God and that this was my journey, but God would fight my battle. More than ever before, I knew I had to lean on Him and He would not leave me nor forsake me. My faith in God has kept me from losing my mind.

After getting a second opinion, I chose to receive treatment at the Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia. I prayed about it and felt like the people at the CTCA cared about me, the whole person and not just the body. They offer support on a large scale from oncology, pastoral care, nutritionist, naturopathic medicine, counseling, and much more.

Once my treatment began, it became very clear that I would need help.  God’s word says in Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it shall be given unto you”. I asked God to help through this trial. He opened windows and doors that I didn’t know existed. So many people, family, Sorority sisters (Eta Xi Alumni and Upsilon Alpha Omega), friends, my church family (Hopewell Northeast), Breast Cancer Foundations like the Pink Frog, and even people I didn’t know, have poured into my life. People near and far stepped in to make sure I didn’t travel this journey alone. I’ve received, prayers, cards, food, gifts, transportation, and much more. 

I praise God that the last year has passed quickly. I’ve completed 16 weeks of chemotherapy, had a double mastectomy, 5 weeks of radiation, and 6 months of oral chemotherapy. I’m still here standing strong in the fight against cancer.  I made it. I am still alive. Thank God, for by His stripes I am healed .

Please remember that cancer doesn’t just affect the person with cancer, it affects the person’s family and friends. It’s a life altering experience. If you thought getting through the pandemic was rough, having cancer during a pandemic is much much tougher.

Cancer patients, survivors , and their families need your help. Research and treatment is very expensive. Every donation and dollar helps in finding a cure for this dreadful disease and supporting cancer patients. I hope that you can find it in your heart to give. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my story. More importantly thank you for donating. 

Be blessed

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Cancer hits far too close to home, so the funds you raise will help do the same. Through services and resources like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline, cancer patients and their families will feel the love. Here’s how recent money raised has been put to incredible uses.

More than
$417 million as of
august 2019

Funding potentially lifesaving cancer research grants.

1.42 million in 2019

Calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support.

More than
500 thousand in 2019

Nights of free lodging provided to patients at Hope Lodge® communities.

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