This year, on the 7th anniversary of my diagnosis, along with my loving husband Rod and amazing friend Wendy, I have made an exciting and challenging commitment to participate in YSC Tour de Pink. It’s a three-day, 200-mile bike ride for breast cancer, starting from Santa Barbara, California and traveling down the Pacific Coastline. I will be riding 100 miles the first day! My participation means that I have pledged both to prepare myself physically for the bike ride, and also to raise funds that will go directly to Young Survival Coalition.
On November 23, 2013, at the age of 41, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had no symptoms; only a suspicious finding on my screening mammogram – only my second mammogram in my life. In the prime of my life, I was healthy and strong with a loving family and successful career. No family history of breast cancer. I exercised regularly, maintained a healthy weight, ate a healthy diet and didn’t smoke. Why me? Because cancer can strike anyone – even young healthy women.
With the support of my friends, family and colleagues, I navigated months of treatment, including mastectomy, reconstruction, and chemotherapy. My physical body recovered but the emotional toll lingers. Over the past 7 years, I have struggled to focus on what really matters to me in life and pursue what truly makes me happy.
It is time for me to give back by honoring my fellow survivors while raising awareness that young adults can and do get breast cancer. Tour de Pink is more than just a bike ride for me, it is a chance to reconnect with this community.
My pledge of $3000 is a lofty goal. I am reaching out to family and friends to support me in achieving this goal.
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. Your donation will directly support YSC and ensure that no young adult faces breast cancer alone. YSC serves over 8,000 women each year. YSC also educates and influences the medical, research and legislative communities to address breast cancer in young adults. 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 Rod, Wendy and I train for this amazing ride I plan to update this page so that all of my supporters can see my progress.
Thank you in advance for your support. I truly appreciate your generosity.