Please support me as I commit to walk 60 miles over three days in a push to find a cure for breast cancer.
My life changed in 2018. It was a year like any other. You are going along, enjoying life, and then something happens. After much planning, my BFF, nephews, and I were ready to head on a fantastic trip to Spain before sending Kip off to college and Cameron to high school. It was going to be a FABULOUS summer! Three weeks before we left, my BFF called with the news that she had breast cancer. Tears immediately started flowing down my face (they still are as I type this). I was so scared, but I couldn't let her know my fear. We agreed not to tell the boys so as not to ruin our trip. We had an incredible vacation…check out my photos if you want to see the beauty of Spain!
We got the boys off to their respective schools and prepared for battle. Pam knew she had too much to live for and committed to going through this process one time. That meant a double mastectomy, chemo, radiation, and complete reconstructive surgery. Five (5) surgeries to be exact. I was honored to be in the battle with her. I learned so much about true grace under pressure, advocating for your care, and doing it for others when they cannot do so. Cancer not only impacts the patient, but also those in their circle. Thank God for the treatment she received at @sutterhealth (shout out to Dr. Nitin Rohatgi and Dr. Gabriel Kind!). She and my nephews are thriving today!
And that's why I know I must do this. Unfortunately, 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis. It is being seen in ever younger women. In the same way that Pam threw everything she could to beat cancer, I as her BFF, and we supporters, need to do the same. That's why I am committing to walking side by side with her in San Diego next month. Because friends and family don’t fight or win breast cancer alone. It is up to ALL of US to find a cure for cancer which devastates families.
I would appreciate your kind donation for research to help bring an end to cancer for all.