The global movement to raise awareness of triple negative breast cancer is near and dear to me, as this is the type of breast cancer that I faced in November 2010, just days after learning I was pregnant. Prior to my diagnosis, I knew nothing about this disease. I had no idea that despite having no family history, this aggressive type of breast cancer disproportionately affects younger women, as well as those of African, Latina, Caribbean descent and those with BRCA mutations.
As I heard my own words and saw my daughter’s face on screen, I couldn’t help but fight back tears. I wasn’t immediately sure how I could possibly share my story of hope with dry eyes. But I got myself together and did. After all, I was receiving the Courage Award!
While I shared insight into my battle against triple negative breast cancer while pregnant, I looked around to see that there weren’t many dry eyes in the audience. Like mine, they were tears of joy. I was there to give hope to others, just as I had drawn hope through my journey from fellow survivors, many of whom I connected with through the Foundation’s online forum and social media networks.
Pictured: Milli Rodriguez (left) and Roxanne Martinez (right) at Peace, Love & A Cure.
It was truly a blessing to be among this year’s Peace, Love & A Cure honorees, along with Celgene Corporation and Dr. Tiffany Traina of Memorial Sloan‑Kettering Cancer Center, and to share this special evening with friends, TNBC supporters and survivors.
Thank you to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and its supporters for raising awareness, funding research in pursuit of a targeted treatment for this disease and for supporting patients and families affected by triple negative breast cancer. The organization’s endless efforts to find a cure gives hope to so many, including myself. To learn more, visit www.tnbcfoundation.org.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day is a national day (3.3.14) devoted to raising awareness of triple negative breast cancer and generating funds to advance medical research and provide support to those impacted by the disease. TNBC Day, spearheaded by the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, will bring thousands of supporters nationwide together for grassroots fundraising and awareness events in a combined effort to tackle this disease.
As a 3-year triple negative breast cancer survivor and TNBC Day Champion, my goal is to help women like myself find the support and resources they need to fight this disease. I know that sharing experiences and knowledge is an essential part of the journey. I also know that education is key. That is why I want you to know the facts about TNBC. Did you know that:
TNBC tends to be more aggressive, more likely to recur, and more difficult to treat because there is no targeted treatment.
TNBC disproportionately strikes younger women, women of African, Latina or Caribbean descent.
Approximately every half hour, a woman in the US is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.
As a TNBC Day supporter, I am also helping to raise funds by hosting Tee for a Cure, an online t-shirt fundraiser. When you purchase a Tee for the Cure t-shirt ($20 + shipping) via TeeSpring, you will help the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation in its mission to find a targeted treatment for triple negative breast cancer and support those impacted by the disease.
Tee for a Cure will help the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation in its mission to find a targeted treatment for triple negative breast cancer.
Enter for a chance to win a Tee for the Cure t-shirt!
Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me why you support Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day. Be sure to include your email address or connect with your social media network so that I can reach you if you win.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day is a vital way for survivors, advocates and supporters to share hope, raise much-needed funds and make a difference in the fight against triple negative breast cancer. Will you join me?
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