No one is better at giving voice to the urgency of our mission than the women and men who have faced breast cancer themselves.
Every day at Edith Sanford, we have the opportunity to meet individuals and families who inspire us to work harder and remind us that there’s not a moment to waste in our efforts to find the cures. We invite you to read or watch the stories of these brave survivors, and unite with us against this devastating disease.
If you have a story you’d like to share, we’d love to hear it. Give your voice to inspire hope and strength in others.
When his wife, Deanne, was diagnosed with breast cancer, Rich Leier rolled up his sleeves to fight with her. Read his story.
For our corporate partner, The Vanity Project, the fight against breast cancer is personal. He found meaning in his mom’s diagnosis and started a new career. Read his story.
Used to taking care of everyone else, Janet—a family physician—suddenly found herself dealing with breast cancer for a second time. The stable things in her life, she says, are what gave her strength. Read her story.
At only 28, Elizabeth found herself diagnosed with breast cancer. Though she treasured the support from her family, she felt alone at first since she was so young. Then she found support from someone she didn’t expect. Read her story.
Breast cancer is a fairly rare disease among younger women—only around five percent of all breast cancer cases occur in women under 40. But Annette’s story shows how important it is to think beyond the statistics. Read her story.
It took ten months from the moment Lisa noticed a dimpling in her breast to the time she was actually diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though thorough exams and mammograms came back clear, she says she just knew something wasn’t right. Watch her video.
When Evelyn, a grandmother of five, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was more concerned about the impact on her family than herself. Watch her video.
Sometimes, with all the pink, we forget that breast cancer isn’t a burden that women shoulder alone. Bernadette’s story gives thanks to the support of her family. Read her story.
Alishia was 24 years old, finishing her last year of physical therapy school, when she noticed a lump in her breast. Watch her video.
“I don’t have time for this.” That was what came into Antoinette’s mind when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was busy raising her young granddaughter and wasn’t willing to let the disease interrupt her life. Watch her video.
Lisa’s grandmother and mother both battled breast cancer, so she always knew she was at an increased risk. She says she wasn’t expecting to be diagnosed, but she was prepared. Watch her video.
At 43 years old, Vicky was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. The toughest part, she says, is having to face the fear over and over again each day. Watch her video.
At age 27, DeAnn was happily expecting her first child with her husband. The discovery of a lump in her breast, however, quickly turned their lives upside down. Watch her video.
“The scariest part about being diagnosed with breast cancer is that you don’t know what the future holds,” says Valorie, a mom of three young kids. Watch her video.
By the time Vickie was diagnosed in August 2011, the cancer was already spreading beyond her breast. She encourages women to listen to their bodies and remember that every minute of every day is a treasure. Watch her video.
An active runner before her breast cancer diagnosis, Krystal suddenly found it difficult just to walk through her own home. What she wanted most during her treatment was just to feel normal again. Watch her video.
Amanda was 10 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At only 35 years old, she was shocked to learn that it had already spread to her liver. Watch her video.
In 2006, Pam was diagnosed with stage III inflammatory breast cancer. She remembers it was the little things she prayed for the most—like being able to watch her kids graduate from high school. Watch her video.
Watch our research and patient care team give voice to the mission.