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I’ve Raised $10,000
My Goal $10,000.00
Why I Support the American Cancer Society


My Story: 

I am a 30-year breast cancer survivor and was diagnosed at 34 years old.  I have been married for 40 years to George and we have 2 children, Greg (deceased) and Brianna.  I am from the Chicago area originally, but George and I have moved seven times for his job.  I am a graduate from Saginaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. 

Has cancer impacted you or your loved ones?

Both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer, my mother with breast cancer when I was 10 and my father with smooth tissue carcinoma at the age of 84.  I have lost many family members to cancer along with friends.

Have you or a loved one utilized an American Cancer Society program or service?

When I was diagnosed, I had never known anyone who survived breast cancer.  A friend knew someone who organized the Reach to Recovery program in our area and she arranged for a volunteer to meet me during my hospital stay.  She was such as inspiration to me that I volunteered for the Reach to Recovery program as soon as I was medically cleared. 

What are you most excited about being involved in the ResearcHERS campaign?

Research has been a passion of mine since I was diagnosed.  My cancer was found because of the research that developed the mammography guidelines.  Since my mother had breast cancer, my doctor pushed me to get my baseline mammogram before I turned 35.  So, as a 34th birthday present for myself and I got that done 3 days before my 34th birthday.  The next day I got a call from my doctor telling me I needed to go see a surgeon immediately.  It turns out the type of cancer I had was extremely aggressive and with-in 6 months I would have been terminally ill. I am living proof of how much research can do in the fight against cancer.



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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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