My mom is now an 11 year breast cancer survivor. Last year she celebrated her 10 year anniversary at the St. Pete Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
The #TampaTrio and I were so proud to be able to stand there with her, our light, our survivor. We know how lucky we are to have her in our life. My mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer: Locally Advanced. It was a grim diagnosis.
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” My mom went and saw her general doctor, who told her she had an infected insect bite. After many many months of the "bite" not going away, she went to her gynecologist, who referred her out. It was then that we began the cancer road. She found out the results of her test the SAME day I found out I was pregnant with my first child. She was 51 years young.
We were so scared. But my mom held it together. She was so strong, despite being so sick. I never want another woman to go through what my mom, and my family went through, and neither does Susan G. Komen.
The local Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure began in 1999 in Pinellas County and has expanded to a six-county area. The Florida Suncoast Affiliate's service area is: Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. I currently live in Pasco County, my mom in Sarasota County, so this is OUR chapter. Please support us!
To date, the Affiliate has raised over $12 million through various fundraising events such as the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Up to 75 percent of funds raised are returned to the community through grants to non-profit organizations that are fighting to change the impact of breast cancer upon the women and families of the Florida Suncoast community, and 25 percent of revenue is directed to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program for research. The Florida Suncoast Affiliate awards grants in the local community for non-duplicative breast health services to non-profit organizations to support a variety of programs providing breast health education, clinical breast exams, screening mammography, and diagnostic evaluations for the underserved.
To find a program or services in your area visit Komensuncoast.org.
Please join us for a 1 mile, 5k, or 10k walk in beautiful Carillon Park in St. Pete on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30am. Carillon Park is easy to get to from anywhere around the Tampa Bay Area, and has PLENTY of on-site parking near the start and finish line!
I am proud to be a RAC Pack Ambassador and I received a complimentary entry to the Race for the Cure 5K in exchange for promoting and sharing my race experience.