2012 Pink Power Mom Stories
West Hamlin, WV
Children: Lexi; Jeremy; Lakinl
Tammy had a tragic family history of breast cancer, and was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at age 37. She later developed stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, but despite her difficult journey, Tammy developed a passion for helping others, including cancer patients.Tammy was involved as a committee board member for Relay for Life in Lincoln County, and participated in many breast cancer and cervical cancer walks. Tammy, along with a committee of women in her community, created Cowgirls Against Cancer, which is dedicated to helping people in times of need. She also attended breast cancer support group meetings at St. Mary’s Medical Center, and belonged to the Sisters of Hope. Tammy raised over $4,000 for the National Gene Test Funds located in Lexington, KY for sponsoring genetic testing before surgery. Tammy was also a member of Team Toni- a service provider for cancer patients in WV. Tammy volunteered with many organizations, mostly focused on the military families in her community. Tammy was also focused on fundraising and volunteering to help the veterans’ home as well as homeless veterans. Her dream was to create several small cottages and offer breast cancer patients free vacations.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Children: Kwame; Candice; Michelle; Michael
Doreen has a passion for international health care and founded Cancer Support Network of Zambia, an organization that has pioneered advocacy and enhanced awareness in Southern Africa. Through the support of the International Health Initiatives based in Florida, they are implementing programs that will educate and clarify misconceptions and concerns among African women. In addition to her international efforts, Doreen is a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and advocate for the cause in her local community through her involvement in the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Each year Doreen also shows her support by advocating for nationwide breast cancer research funding initiatives.
Children: John; Nathan
Maria, a mother, teacher and active community member, was first diagnosed at age 35 and is currently battling stage 4 breast cancer. Maria is a member of Gilda’s Club, a nonprofit emotional and social support community for people living with cancer and their families and friends. Gilda’s Club was Maria’s first network that opened its doors and offered support to her and her family at the time of her diagnosis. Maria also dedicates her time to fundraising for Susan G. Komen. She has found inspiration through her local community, who started “Team Maria” which has grown to be a household name so much so that it’s not uncommon to see faces around town wearing pink Team Maria shirts supporting Maria and her family through their journey. In conjunction to her breast cancer outreach Maria focuses on literacy efforts for young children. It is through her educational background and her personal experiences with her own children that Maria was initially drawn towards touching the lives of children through literacy events. It is her goal to put books in as many homes as she can to help foster a bond between the parent and the child. Maria partnered with ReadAloud.org and has hosted two Big Box of Books events in six months. She also hosts literacy events at her elementary school each year.
Children: Ben; Brinley; Brooks
Ginger has been an advocate for breast cancer organizations through multiple efforts since her diagnosis at age 31 while 5 months pregnant. She is focused on creating awareness and increasing education for women in Utah and across the nation battling breast cancer. Ginger helped launch the Young Survivor Sisters support group growing from 26 members to over 300 in a few years time and served on the Susan G. Komen Salt Lake Affiliate board. Ginger has helped publicize several local breast cancer groups in her quarterly publication: Utah Cancer Connections Magazine. She has also created an annual breast cancer awareness golf tournament, The Feel’em Up Cup, and is currently in the process of creating a state-wide campaign to increase mammography screening in Utah, Get Screened Utah. Ginger dedicates a majority of her time connecting those facing cancer to discount offers and resources via her website, HappyChemo.com. She is on a mission to reach every cancer survivor in America to increase hope, health and happiness in their lives. Outside of her individual efforts Ginger also supports a variety of local organizations including, the Sandy Chamber of Commerce and the work they perform locally to assist uninsured women with mammography screening.
Children: Garrett; Brooke; Madalyn
Kristina was first diagnosed just before she got married, but it was during her second diagnosis and treatment that she was also diagnosed with congestive heart failure. In spite of the hard road she has walked with her cancer, she has vowed to use her life as an example of how to ‘pay it forward’. Kristina is passionate about the Learn, Live, Love Cancer Outreach Organization - a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to women and families in local communities who have been touched by cancer. Kristina has seen how difficult expenses can be to handle during and after a diagnosis, and is happy to help Learn, Live, Love reach as many families as possible. Kristina also provides support and encourages three girls who lost their mother to breast cancer and has since become their advocate helping them in any way she can.
Fort Worth, TX
Custodial nephew/foster son: JJ
Roxanne, better known as Roxy by her friends and family, was diagnosed at age 30, just days after learning she was pregnant and quickly found her strength and passion in helping others just like her. Roxy immediately connected with the breast cancer community on social media; including several pink power moms. Through her motivation to do more to fight breast cancer Roxy has become an outreach volunteer since her diagnosis and first involvement with Susan G. Komen. Roxy continues to support the breast cancer community through Hope for Two, the pregnant with cancer network, and founded Team Roxy as a community organization to help other woman battling the disease. In addition, she serves as a Reach to Recovery volunteer and leads the Simply the Breast program at her local cancer center providing opportunities to empower patients, families, care givers and professionals to become partners in cancer care. Roxy has become an activist and spokeswoman for many women in the under-served Latino community. Team Roxy is currently awaiting 501c3 designation, but continues to be a part of the Cancer Assistance Fund of North Texas. This Fund helps the under-served to overcome the financial hurdles that most families face during their cancer journey.
Children: Ashton; Griffin; Hall
Shelley lost her mom to breast cancer at age 14, and was diagnosed herself at age 27. After her own treatment, she was told she could never have children due to complications from her stem cell transplant. She made the decision to go through fertility treatments, which is very risky for any breast cancer patient. After several attempts, she and her husband had a safe and health delivery of triplets! Shelley now walks to raise money for breast cancer and has dedicated herself to participating in multiple breast cancer marathons. It is through her passion for fundraising that her and her sister created a Susan G. Komen 3 Day team, “Nancy’s Angels” in memory of their mother 7 years ago. Collectively they have raised over $75,000 for breast cancer research. Shelley also reaches women battling breast cancer through her partnership with her oncologist by providing support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in her community. She has learned to never give up and to pay it forward, because she believes in encouraging others in the fight against breast cancer.
Children: Kailee; Jaden
Nicole was only 34 years old and in the best shape of her life training for a half-marathon when she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, with a 2 and 4 year old at home. She realized that there were many other women just like her through the Young Survival Coalition. In addition to her treatment, Nicole credits her survival to the hope and ongoing support the women of the Young Survival Coalition have and continue to provide. Shortly after her treatment Nicole began volunteering and joined the staff of the Young Survival Coalition in January 2011. Nicole has turned her cancer journey into one of passionate support to help others navigate their way through diagnosis treatment recovery and long term survivorship. She is involved personally and professionally with Young Survival Coalition (YSC), which is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.