Overwhelmed and Touched by the generosity and LOVE of the past 24 hours
May 09, 2017
Proud of Tierney for insisting we "Race for the Cure"
We are late to the game with the Detroit Race for the Cure scheduled for this Saturday but are excited to be a part of this important event.
Over the weekend Tierney asked me if she and her friend could participate in the event. It was something she learned of and was passionate that I allow her to participate. She recruited her Mercy friend, Katie Leonard and has been relentless in ensuring we quickly signed up for the event. Now I too am participating (we will see about the "Run" part) and Katie's Mom and my friend Mary Beth Leonard is joining our team. Mary Beth lost her mom to aggressive breast cancer when she was pregnant with her older daughter. In fact she and her husband shared this story recently while on Spring Break and her husband Paul teared up even after all of this time. Losing someone to this disease never 'gets easy" and the pain of the loss never, ever goes away.As some of you know I am a Breast Cancer survivor. I hit the 10 year "cancer free" mark this past March. My journey began when I turned 40, had my baseline mammogram and was diagnosed with Triple Negative, Metaplastic Breast Cancer. I was lucky that I had early detection and was under the care of Dr. Lisa Newman, who I credit (along with her skilled surgery, chemo and radiation) for kicking my cancer's butt!!!!
In the 10 years since my treatment ended I have far too many friends who have also been diagnosed. I will run on Saturday also for my friends - Ann Marie, Barbara, Joyce, Kay, Lani, Meredith and Roberta - who also have fought the battle, (or sadly one friend) lost the battle or are still fighting.
I would love to have anyone who is interested - to come join us on Saturday morning - we will meet at the DAC. Or if you are interested in helping us raise money so more of us can celebrate 1, 2, 10 and beyond years of living cancer free please donate here.