Even with all the awareness, early detection efforts and pink campaigns, over 40,000 of us with Stage IV die every year.
Most breast cancer research dollars goes into awareness, detection and initial treatments but if we truly wish to render this disease chronic instead of a death sentence we need to have more monies targeted to metastatic research and drugs and treatments to keep Stage IV patients alive.
Our mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters are counting on you to help conquer this disease. Go to the Take Action tab.
My story began in January of 2012 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a day I’ll never forget – the January chill felt just a bit cooler. Thankfully it was an early detection due to the yearly mammogram screening. I underwent the expected lumpectomy surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. For nine months of my life, I endured sickness, nausea and fought not for survival – for the gravitas of the situation hadn’t quite become real – but for just a normal day, a day without sickness, anxiety and fear. I endured.
Almost two years after my last radiation treatment I received a call I had been subconsciously dreading, a call I’d hoped I’d never ever get.
“Metastatic breast cancer is incurable,” was the only thing I remember from that day.
The breast cancer had metastasized, spread to the bones in my hip. Now the real fight had begun. I had a terminal diagnosis. Terminal.
A terminal cancer diagnosis such as metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is emotionally challenging, but is also physically draining. So I decided to focus my days doing something that I loved. I am swimming across as many lakes as possible bringing awareness and funding to metastatic breast cancer—a poorly funded and all but forgotten branch of a deadly disease.
A campaign to bring awareness and funding for MBC.
Click on the 113 racing bib (above) to print it. Grab your running shoes, swimsuit, yoga mat or whatever and get out and honor those who have died and support all women living with Stage IV. Share your photo on social media #tri4mbc.
Suggested donation $25 to participate. All monies donated are designated 100% for metastatic breast cancer research.
The 9th annual Gilda’s Run is Sunday, October 9, 2016 starting at 10:30am. CLICK TO REGISTER.
This year's event will begin and end at Gilda's Club! We hope you will join us for this fun, family-centered event. Help ensure that no one in our community has to face cancer alone.
Registration is open to individuals and teams. Help us spread the word and make this year's event the biggest and best ever! After the event, join the wrap-up party in Gilda’s beautiful backyard. Ruth’s Chris Steak House will cook up burgers, featuring their special sauce, and Culver’s will be scooping up delicious sundaes.
Meet on the State Capitol steps by State Street by 11:45.
Last year we had an extremely successful event with over 120 people attending as well as coverage from the local news stations. This year we hope to surpass that and have our voices heard from here all the way to Washington. Help us educate the National Cancer Institute that stage IV needs more.
If you can't attend the event you can still make a difference. Go to the One Woman Many Lakes Facebook page on October 13 for instructions.
Maggie Younggren and Heather McManamy, who spoke so eloquently last fall, have died this past year from Metastatic Breast Cancer. We must continue to fight for more funding. Watch last year's ceremony.