Hi, I’m Melissa and welcome to my fundraising page. As many of you know, I am a 2-time breast cancer survivor. I was first diagnosed at the age of 30 and I had a recurrence at the age of 35. The 2nd time on my journey was a little harder because I had to receive chemotherapy and radiation treatment. I was also told I had a 30% chance of survival. I still continue to receive treatment every three week with a drug called Herceptin and it’s because of research that this drug was made. I would not be here today if it was not for that research. I am a Survivor! This is one of the reasons why I run and raise funds for The DONNA Foundation.
I have been blessed with phenomenal care and treatment and my family and I have been able to make ends meet financially. But there are women and men who struggle with not being able to afford the care that they need when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. There are women and men who face the struggle of not being able to put food on the table or pay for their mortgage due to the medical bills they encounter. No individual should have to ask the question, “do I pay my mortgage or undergo this surgery that could save my life?” or “do I buy groceries or receive my treatment that is needed for my survival?” No individual should have to be faced with a decision such as this. The DONNA Foundation provides help to those in critical financial need so they do not have to make this decision. Meeting some of the people who have been helped by The DONNA Foundation has been one of the most emotional and rewarding experiences I have ever had. This is another reason why I raise funds and run The DONNA Marathon.
When I first met Donna and heard all about the DONNA marathon and all that it did, I knew I wanted to be involved, but I never thought I could run a marathon. When the doctors gave me the clearance to run in the year 2010, I dove right in. My first marathon was in the year 2011, and I have been running the marathon and raising funds every year since. I have dedicated time to raising funds to get us closer to finishing breast cancer and helping those in critical financial need receive the care they deserve. I’m asking you to be a part of FINISHING breast cancer and contribute to my fundraising campaign. This is the only run in the Nation where 100% of all money raised goes to research and care. Together we WILL do this! We WILL finish breast cancer! Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and for your contribution to helping the DONNA Foundation get one step closer to finding a cure.
Warmest regards and many blessings!
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