02/17/2020 Update: Another thing I have learned through this process is that until you are open and vulnerable and are willing to share your story, you don't know the stories that other people have to share. We never lead with our pain, we lead with our victories, as we all should. However, it is through our challenges that we find commenality with other people.
02/12/2020 As you may know, last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I never thought it would happen to me and I certainly never expected it at the age of 46. It turned my world and the world of those who love me most upside down. It became even more challenging when I learned that because of my "young" age I was not a candidate for more conservative treatments. The longer you have to live, the greater the possibility it will come back, so you get the biggest doses of everything thrown at you.
The hardest thing for me was the loss of control, control over my body and control over what was happening to me.
Well, it is time for me to take my control back! Just before I was diagnosed, I had committed to training for a 100k bike ride. Training was put on hold so I could go through treatment.
This year, to take back control of my body and to do my part to fight breast cancer for other young people who have little choice in treatment, I have commited to participate in YSC Tour de Pink, a three-day, 200 mile bike ride for breast cancer. 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. What I love about YSC is that they honor and serve not only those who are fighting the disease but those who love, support, and fight with them.
Like my fight with breast cancer, I am not going to be doing this alone. My wonderful husband Mike Veney and my dear friends Kris Hartley and Alethea Bacos are joining me as Team Breast Friends to conquer the 200-mile bike ride! As a team, our goal is to raise $12000.
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 people feel supported, empowered and hopeful. YSC is the only national nonprofit that solely focuses on serving people under the age of 40 affected by breast cancer. YSC serves over 8,000 people 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 YSCâÂÂs 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 providersâÂÂ 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.