Hello there internet user! Welcome to my fundraising page :)
I have made the decision to participate in YSC's Virtual 'Tour de Pink' this year, so that I can raise funds to support young adults diagnosed with breast cancer.
My fundraising team and I will be completing a three-day, 200-mile bike ride in late October. I have never taken on something like this before (in fact, I can't remember the last time I rode a bike) and I will be training all summer-long to prepare myself. This is a huge challenge for me, as my body is still recovering from a year and a half of chemo, and five surgeries, the most recent of which was in June.
As a quick example of how incredible YSC is...
I was very lucky to be picked as one of YSC's survivor bike recipients, meaning I am being gifted my very own brand new Bianchi road bike! I have it on good authority from my Father-in-law that this is a pretty big deal :)
A little information as to why this charity is important to me...
I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in December 2018, aged 29. I received my diagnosis less than a year after one of my oldest friends Emily had also been diagnosed with breast cancer. We both embarked on long and arduous treatment plans, with Emily undergoing surgery and chemotherapy whilst pregnant with her second child. She really was a huge inspiration to me, and she found the strength to support me through my diagnosis whilst still coping with her own treatments and being an incredible wife and loving Mum.
Last Summer, Emily passed away after her cancer metastasized. Now her beautiful children, devoted husband, loving family and her many friends are left without her. There are no words that can do justice to the pain of this loss. I am angry, I miss my friend, and I am really struggling with the fact that I'm finally finishing my treatment without her by my side.
Young adults with breast cancer are dealing with an entirely different experience than those diagnosed later in life. Tragically, our cancers tend to be more aggressive and have higher recurrence rates. And for those of us who are lucky enough to survive, our treatment plans can leave us infertile and force us into early menopause. And of course, there is the huge financial burden of going through treatment and the sense of isolation that comes with dealing with cancer so young. I hate this disease more than I can say, and I dearly hope that it can be eradicated in my lifetime.
No young person should ever have to face a breast cancer diagnosis. No one should have their life taken away so soon.
Any amount helps! Especially during this time, when charities such as YSC have suffered a drastic drop in donations.
Thank you in advance for your support!
There are more than 250,000 survivors who were diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40 living in the U.S. today. They are navigating an already permanently altered life after cancer now compounded by COVID-19.
YSC is the largest nonprofit dedicated exclusively to young adults diagnosed with breast cancer age 40 and under and their co-survivor support networks. 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