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Lisa's Tenacious Trailblazers

We believe in a world where...

ALL women can get screenings for early detection

ALL women have access to cutting edge treatment and services

  NO ONE loses their mother, daughter, friend or sister to breast cancer

We can TAKE ACTION to make this vision a reality

The STATUS QUO is unacceptable 

We can find a CURE!

 

Be a trailblazer to end breast cancer. Let’s save lives together!

Walk with my team - Lisa's Tenacious Trailblazers - on Oct 5th or donate to sustain cutting-edge research and provide essential services for women undergoing treatment. Every dollar counts! 

 

LISA'S STORY

"Breast cancer doesn't discriminate," my breast surgeon compassionately shared, as I sat stunned, in disbelief.  CANCER! ME?! WHY?!

After all, I was a former college athlete and military veteran who served in Afghanistan, the picture of health and toughness. Until...I wasn't.  

I had started feeling a tiredness in my body that was different from the grind I’d become accustomed to as a divorced working mom. I was about to give up on finding answers when a breast cancer survivor bravely shared her story with me.  Inspired, I pushed for a mammogram despite being "low risk." 

I was 36 years old with no family history but an intuition that symptoms I had been experiencing were something more. It turned out they were. My HER2+ breast cancer was so extensive and aggressive that despite my early diagnosis I had to undergo a mastectomy and a regimen of chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

Now, six years later, I’m honored to be a 2024 Chicago Portraits of Hope Ambassador for Making Strides. I’m committed to using this platform as an opportunity to share my story with the hope of saving lives, just as mine was saved. 

I’d like to dedicate my campaign to two special guardian angels:

 -  Flora, the friend who saved my life by sharing her story and who stood by me during the twists and turns of treatment, and

-   Debbie Harris, my late mother-in-law and courageous breast cancer warrior whose infectious positivity, unwavering faith, and commitment to serving others inspired all those around her 

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We believe in a world where...

ALL women can get screenings for early detection

ALL women have access to cutting edge treatment and services

  NO ONE loses their mother, daughter, friend or sister to breast cancer

We can TAKE ACTION to make this vision a reality

The STATUS QUO is unacceptable 

We can find a CURE!

 

Be a trailblazer to end breast cancer. Let’s save lives together!

Walk with my team - Lisa's Tenacious Trailblazers - on Oct 5th or donate to sustain cutting-edge research and provide essential services for women undergoing treatment. Every dollar counts! 

 

LISA'S STORY

"Breast cancer doesn't discriminate," my breast surgeon compassionately shared, as I sat stunned, in disbelief.  CANCER! ME?! WHY?!

After all, I was a former college athlete and military veteran who served in Afghanistan, the picture of health and toughness. Until...I wasn't.  

I had started feeling a tiredness in my body that was different from the grind I’d become accustomed to as a divorced working mom. I was about to give up on finding answers when a breast cancer survivor bravely shared her story with me.  Inspired, I pushed for a mammogram despite being "low risk." 

I was 36 years old with no family history but an intuition that symptoms I had been experiencing were something more. It turned out they were. My HER2+ breast cancer was so extensive and aggressive that despite my early diagnosis I had to undergo a mastectomy and a regimen of chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

Now, six years later, I’m honored to be a 2024 Chicago Portraits of Hope Ambassador for Making Strides. I’m committed to using this platform as an opportunity to share my story with the hope of saving lives, just as mine was saved. 

I’d like to dedicate my campaign to two special guardian angels:

 -  Flora, the friend who saved my life by sharing her story and who stood by me during the twists and turns of treatment, and

-   Debbie Harris, my late mother-in-law and courageous breast cancer warrior whose infectious positivity, unwavering faith, and commitment to serving others inspired all those around her 

Thank You to All The Donors

Thank you for fueling the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.

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Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL

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How Fundraising Impacts Your Community

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.

As of January 2022, we have invested $71 M for potentially lifesaving breast cancer specific research grants.

We have received over 250,000 calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support in 2021

Cancer patients benefited from ACS transportation support through our Road TO Recovery program and transportation grants in 2021, with nearly 229,000 rides provided.

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Many thanks to our generous sponsors for fueling the American Cancer Society's fight against breast cancer.

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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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