This year I have again made an exciting and challenging commitment to participate in YSC Tour de Pink, a three-day, 200 mile bike ride for breast cancer. This is an amazing experience to raise money for a wonderful cause. This will be my third consecutive Tour de PInk ride in CA the last weekend of October.
I was considered young for a breast cancer diagnosis at 47 when I was diagnosed October 9, 2013. But there are many people diagnosed even younger! In fact, the vast majority of my "breasties" were diagnosed well before 40. The cover photo here is my dear friend Lindsay and me crossing the finish line in 2019. Linds was 30 when she was diagnosed with triple negative.breast cancer, a very aggressive type. Our team captain, Kristina, was diagnosed when she was 26. I was at Epic Experience, a camp for any adults with any type of cancer, in January 2020. There I met people with many types of cancers, including breast cancer, each one of these ladies were also diagnosed before the age of 40.
When you are diagnosed young, there are even more issues and challenges than all cancer diagnoses present. The Young Survivor Coalition does and excellent job of supporting women, my dear friends, diagnosed before the age of 40. This is why I ride.
The ride also includes a number of survivors and their co-survivors. The experience of all of us riding for one purpose is called "being in the bubble" and it is inspiring and healing.
I need to raise $3000 to ride and absolutely any amount makes a huge difference. That is why I start to fundraise immediately upon registration opening, so that I have time to collect all the amounts anyone will donate as I ride for this wonderful cause which is much more than just a bike ride, it’s a chance to honor survivors, raise awareness that young adults can and do get breast cancer, and to come together as a supportive community.
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 adult 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.
Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the largest nonprofit dedicated exclusively to young adults diagnosed with breast cancer age 40 and under and their co-survivor support networks. YSC also educates and influences the medical, research and legislative communities to address breast cancer in young adults. Through educational resources and programming, annual conferences, and local and online support networks, YSC ensures no young adult faces breast cancer alone. For more information, visit youngsurvival.org.
You can view YSC’s audited financials and annual reports online here: youngsurvival.org/who-we-are/financial-information
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.
With Love as I Survive and Thrive after Cancer