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Tour de Pink West Coast WEST COAST RIDE
October 25-27, 2019
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Welcome to Melissa Jarnagin's Page

Melissa Jarnagin 

This year I have made an exciting and challenging commitment to participate in YSC Tour de Pink, a three-day, 200 mile bike ride for breast cancer. I know I can do it with your help encouraging me and supporting me with a donation.

Tour de Pink is much more than just a bike ride, it’s a chance to honor survivors, raise awareness, and support important programs for young women affected by breast cancer. I hope I can count on you to help me reach my fundraising goal!

Your donation will directly support Young Survival Coalition and ensure that no young woman faces breast cancer alone. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. YSC is the only national nonprofit that solely focuses on serving young women under the age of 40 affected by breast cancer. YSC serves over 8,000 women each year with support and education to be their best health advocate throughout all stages of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and long-term survivorship.

Cancer can be a very isolating disease, and especially so for a young woman who may still be finishing their education, starting a career, and building her romantic and family life. YSC’s supportive services include: in-person support groups around the country, online video support groups, one-on-one peer mentoring, creation and distribution of free educational materials for survivors, co-survivors and healthcare providers, a training program for survivors to amplify the need for expanded research and advocacy, and an annual conference called the YSC Summit. Read more about YSC here:

You can view YSC’s audited financials and annual reports online here:

How will your donation help?

$25 could fund YSC materials at three healthcare providers’ offices.
$100 could provide a Newly Diagnosed Navigator to six women when they need it most.
$250 could allow us to train four survivors to serve as a peer supporters.
$500 could fund a survivor advocate in our RISE training program
$1,200 could pay for two young women to travel to the YSC Summit, an annual conference for young women affected by breast cancer and their co-survivors.

Any amount helps!

As I train for this amazing ride I plan to update this page frequently along with my social media accounts so that all of my supporters can see my progress.

Thank you in advance for your support. I truly appreciate your generosity.

Here's my story and why this is so important to me:

My mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 1993 at the age of 46. Back then we really didn't know a lot and we were all very thankful that it was caught early. She successfully went through radiation treatments and a lumpectomy and was cancer free by 1994, then 18 years later, in 2011 she was diagnosed again! She'll tell you how different the experience was and how far research and education had changed the way women were treated for Breast Cancer. The second round brought a double mastectomy - she never had to have Chemotherapy. Today she is 8 years cancer free and I am forever grateful for the progress and the early detection. I was 22 when she was first diagnosed and began having mammograms that year, although there was quite a bit of fighting with insurance companies because women didn't get breast cancer at my age. Every year my Dr. fought for the insurance company to cover the tests and reluctantly they did (My mothers grandmother also had breast cancer and therefore it was already starting to show a family history).

My mother's youngest sister was diagnosed at the age of 41, and has and is really struggling with this disease even to this day. This disease changed her life so dramatically and I'm heartbroken by the pain it has caused her.

My cousin (paternal) was diagnosed in 2008, she was 29 years old! Boy how things have changed over the years. With organizations like YSC and education about disease it is becoming more and more apparent that we are prone to this regardless of family history. My cousin is cancer free today, but had to make some life changing decisions for herself and her husband. She has done this ride before and she is my inspiration to make it to the finish.

My husbands sister was diagnosed in July of 1999, I'll never forget him calling me and telling me he needed to get to Arizona to be with Dar, they didn't know the extent of the progression. Unfortunately, Dar's disease was so far progressed that she passed within 8 days of that initial call. When Tim called to tell me she was gone it was so frightening and unbelievable. I never got the opportunity to meet Dar, but I love having her pictures and Tim telling me stories.

It's for these 4 amazing, beautiful, and strong women that I am committed to riding in this event. The ride will take place at the end of October.



raised of $3,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. Kerry Bierman
Way to go my friend! You’ve worked so hard for such a great cause!
2. Patricia D Klep
We’ll pay. You ride. 😘
3. Camille Locklear
Thanks for riding for such a great cause!
4. Judith Klep
5. Amy Jacobs
Proud of you've got this!
6. Sheilah Roenfeldt
Thanks for pedaling for a great and personal cause! Sheilah & Den Roenfeldt
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