Every day, 70 Canadians will hear the words “you have breast cancer.”
Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
It is estimated that about 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime and 1 in 31 will die from it.
2020 has not been what we expected due to Covid and all the problems we are still facing today. Life has come to a complete stop for many due to the pandemic.
The harsh reality is...
CANCER DOES NOT CARE ABOUT ALL OF THESE THINGS.
CANCER DOES NOT STOP BECAUSE THERE IS A PANDEMIC.
CANCER DOES NOT STOP BECAUSE YOU ARE A CERTAIN AGE OR RACE.
CANCER WILL DO WHAT IT WANTS AND NO ONE IS INVISIBLE TO THIS DISEASE.
In fact, being in isolation and feeling isolated is nothing new to someone battling cancer. We had to go through isolation during our treatments and because your battle with cancer is life long – we often feel isolated from the world because no one understands what we are faced with not just physically but it takes a huge toll on your mental and emotional health.
Imagine living in fear because your cancer may return to try and kill you again?
Imagine having to go through so many surgeries and being amputated because you have no choice and you are doing everything you can to live longer.
For some, imagine having to do treatment for the rest of your life to try and prolong the days that you have left.
In February 2018 Maja was diagnosed with one of the most aggressive types of Breast Cancer in her 30s. Triple Negative Metaplastic Breast Cancer, Stage 3C, BRCA2. She had to do aggressive chemotherapy, aggressive radiation, and many surgeries that included several amputations - two single mastectomies, lymph nodes removal, oophorectomy, and an 11 hour diep flap reconstruction.
Today, she's still receiving infusions and she also recently completed a one year clinical trial to try and prevent her cancer from returning.
Without the funding for research, these infusions and clinical trials would not exist. Clinical trials are very helpful for cancer patients not just for study purposes but also for advanced Stage 4 (incurable) cancer patients.
Earlier this year she was invited to sit in a meeting at the Canadian Cancer Society with scientists from all over Canada and the US while they discussed where certain funding was going to. This was for different types of Clinical Trials that they were working on.
She was also honored to have been chosen as the survivor speaker last year where she was able to tell her story in front of a large crowd and to be able to give hope to other people faced with cancer made her heart so full.
Maja cannot say it enough how truly grateful she is to still be alive and breathing today. Breathing alone is such a gift; please do not take it for granted.
There is still so much work to be done.
By participating in this year’s Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, we're joining a collective that is a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer. We're running in honour of Maja, all the fighters, warriors, survivors, thrivers, those who have lost their life to cancer, and we need your help!
Did you know that just $100 could fund two hours of life-saving research in a world class laboratory? Your contribution could lead to the next breakthrough!
Please contribute what you can to help me achieve my fundraising goal. Every dollar makes a difference. Your donation will fund ground-breaking research to help save the lives of more Canadians and provide support programs for people affected by breast cancer.
Together, we can change the future of breast cancer.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be virtual. *More information to come*
Thank you in advance for your support!
Team Breast Avengers
P.S. Special thanks to Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure for this platform.
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