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Susan Rumeau's Fundraiser:

Princeton/Montville, NJ

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BENEFITING: PINK FUND INC

ORGANIZER: IN

EVENT: Dancing With Survivors

Susan Rumeau

THE STORY:

Susan's experience with breast cancer began in the year 1995...this unusual phone call from her doctor's office requested that someone come with her to the follow up appointment.  She said a prayer and walked into the biggest challenge of her life. 

Susan writes, "At the doctor's office it was one of the those, "I have some good news and some bad news," kind of talks.  The good news is that your stage one cancer has been found early and is treatable.   I remember that the doctor questioned me to make sure I understood the seriousness of the diagnosis and what needed to be done.  This is an estrogen-based cancer, and it feeds on the hormones that rage during child-bearing times.  The real tears came out when I met with my mom and shared the diagnosis.  She was my go-to person when troubles were brewing...

Surgery followed to remove the cancerous tissue and check the lymph nodes...followed by 8 weeks of radiation treatment...one hour a day for 8 weeks.  I was so thankful that my mother-in-law was ready and willing to watch my two children (4 year old and 6 month old).  The results showed that the lymph nodes were clear and the radiation appeared to have done what it needed to do.  Only... I wasn't done having children.  When my third child was born, the calcifications started showing up again and more surgery of the tissues was necessary.  Every follow-up test or surgery became a battlefield of mental defenses where I would muster up the fight and strength that I needed to show my husband and family that I was going to beat this thing.  It appeared for many years that I was, as a result, cancer free. 

In October 2011 a routine mammography revealed the cancer had come back in the same area.  As menapause had approached, the estrogen count rose and caused a feeding frenzy once again.  This time the cancer was in stage 2 and a double mastectomy was performed.  When I was young I remember that women didn't come out of the house after surgery like this.  Not any more... 

I am thankful that so much progress has been made since I was first diagnosed.  It was not hard to know what had to be done and whose skilled hands I could rely on.  I felt assured that I was in good hands.  But this surgery had the follow-up of chemotherapy too.   My three children were now college and high school age.  They had to process the fears and stresses of their mother's second time diagnosis and recoveries from all the surgeries that were to follow, too.  Cancer affects all those surrounding the one going through it.  In addition, my third grade class had to watch me phase through each recovery.   I would have chemo treatments on Thursday and be back at work on Monday morning with the prayerful support from my school and church community.   Having something to keep your mind in positive areas is very important.

Summer 2014:  I came to watch the dance lesson progress of my daughter at the Montville Fred Astaire Studio.  I happened upon the "Dancing With The Survivors" event.  I jumped right in...dancing to fundraise to help other women in my community that are going through the agonizing waiting for results of tests and pending fixes was something I have wanted to do, but didn't know how to get connected.  The Montville campus is a "happy" place.  Of course this means I am committing to a showcase dance routine in order to raise the money...I am enjoying the process as well as helping others.  They are gracious and work through your brain fog...   Dancing!  Of course!  Why didn't I think of this sooner!  ...when you have followup tests...awaiting excruciating results...you need a way to work off the stress...give dancing a try...

On October 2nd, Susan and her Fred Astaire dance partner, Jaimee, will hustel, rumba, and waltz their way to two selections of music from The Gladiator:  Now We Are Free and The Battle.

 

$1,230

MONEY RAISED
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  • Susan Rumeau

    $50

  • Susan and Dan

    $100

  • The Witten Family

    $50

  • Janice Rumeau

    $50

  • Wrap It Up! Salon - Pompton Plains, NJ

    $25

  • Norma Saville

    $50

  • Mary from Absecon, NJ

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Lyn and Pete Bracken

    $100

  • Katie and John

     

  • Steve and Bev

     

  • Sal, Susan & Jace

    $200

  • Nancy Waterfield

    $15

  • Mary Stevens

    $20

  • John Rumeau

    $100

  • Faith, Renato & Rowena Diaz

    $50

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123% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $9,044 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Anne Pepper

Amount Raised

$2,229

 

124% Raised of $1,800 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amy Craig

Amount Raised

$1,855

 

186% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Susan Rumeau

Amount Raised

$1,230

 

123% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Debbie Persaud

Amount Raised

$1,100

 

110% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Geri Fields

Amount Raised

$945

Fundraiser Title

Dawn Myers

Amount Raised

$635

Fundraiser Title

IN Creations

Amount Raised

$575

Fundraiser Title

paula flory

Amount Raised

$250

Donor Comments

Faith, Renato & Rowena Diaz

Faith, Renato & Rowena Diaz

DONATION: $50

one of my 3rd grade students 4 years ago

John Rumeau

John Rumeau

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Mary Stevens

Mary Stevens

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Nancy Waterfield

Nancy Waterfield

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Sal, Susan & Jace

Sal, Susan & Jace

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Steve and Bev

Steve and Bev

4 years ago

Katie and John

Katie and John

4 years ago

Lyn and Pete Bracken

Lyn and Pete Bracken

DONATION: $100

Sue- how I wish I could be there to support you! Knock their socks off! Love ya and Miss Ya-Lyn 4 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Mary from Absecon, NJ

Mary from Absecon, NJ

DONATION: $20

4 years ago