On October 24, 2014 Kara Michelle Guzzetti passed away losing her battle with breast cancer which she had fought for 5 years. For those of you who remember she fought valiantly and during the process helped many other young women on that journey. While fighting her own battle she conducted supports groups on her own as well as supported YSC. She rode for three years with her last ride being just a few weeks before she passed. On the last day of the ride her fellow riders formed a shell around her so she could finish the ride even though she was exhausted (she had a chemo treatment days prior to the three-day ride which contributed to her exhaustion).
This October marks 5 years that Kara left this earth for her travels and adventures in the life to come. Her memory and spirit are still very strong among those who knew her. Since her passing there has been some significant progress in the treatment and prolongation of life after the initial diagnosis. That’s the good news, the sad news is that the incidence of breasts cancer among women under 40 years of age appears to be continuing to rise .
This year I have made an exciting and challenging commitment to participate in YSC Tour de Pink, a three-day, 200 mile bike ride for breast cancer. I know I can do it with your help encouraging me and supporting me with a donation.
Tour de Pink is much more than just a bike ride, it’s a chance to honor survivors, raise awareness, and support important programs for young women affected by breast cancer. 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 woman 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.
Cancer can be a very isolating disease, and especially so for a young woman who may still be finishing their education, starting a career, and building her romantic and family life. YSC’s supportive services include: in-person support groups around the country, online video support groups, one-on-one peer mentoring, creation and distribution of free educational materials for survivors, co-survivors and healthcare providers, a training program for survivors to amplify the need for expanded research and advocacy, and an annual conference called the YSC Summit. Read more about YSC here: youngsurvival.org
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.