I'm going on 8 years cancer-free because I made the courageous decision - with the support of my wonderful, loving husband, Ken, to have a bilateral mastectomy in 2010 for a stage 1 (0.5 cm) ductal tumor instead of the lumpectomy and radiation as my surgeon recommended. Good thing I did or I might not be here today. The post-surgery pathology test showed there was a 1 cm lobular tumor hiding in the same breast but too far away from the known tumor for radiation to have reached it. Read my entire story in My Generation Magazine.
I've thanked the Universe, Ken, my family and my physical therapist friends who gave good counsel and the support I needed to make what I now know was a life-saving decision. Now it's time I do something with the good health I've been blessed with to help in the fight against cancer. So I've registered for my first Tri-for-a-Cure triathlon on July 22 and I need your help!
I'm petrified of the swim. The only thing that could possibly make me jump in the 55 degree ocean and dog-paddle 1/3 of a mile (then bike and run - if I don't drown . . . ) is the great things that will come out of the Tri-for-a Cure's fundraising efforts! My goal is to raise $5000. Any amount that you can donate will help in the fight against cancer. Just click on the "Support Me" link above to ensure I reach my goal so I won't chicken out! :)
Maine Cancer Foundation is committed to reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates in Maine, with 100% of funds raised by the Foundation used to benefit the people of Maine. They lead a state-wide effort to advance the most promising and effective cancer-fighting efforts available through a combination of grant-based financial support and coalition building. MCF's Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative is working to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Maine 20% by 2020 through prevention, screening and early detection, and access to the highest quality care for every Mainer.
Every dollar counts! Please consider a donation. Cancer tries but we TRI harder!