September/October 2019 ChariTea: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (the American Cancer Society) & Lisa
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The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable.
From the opening ceremony to the post-walk entertainment, a Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and opportunity to remember loved-ones lost. It's a day that shouldn't be missed and won't be forgotten.
On November 21, 2018, Lisa got engaged to her now fiancé, Erik, while on a trip to Asheville, NC. While close to the completion of a second major (and still working full time), she was excited to settle into her new career in Accounting, begin planning a wedding, and eventually starting her own family.
Shortly after Thanksgiving, Lisa noticed a lump in her right breast. It was big, completely foreign, and because of its odd “edges,” Lisa referred to it as shaped like a Lego. She immediately made an appointment with her doctor. After a long waiting period through the holidays, that nerve-wracking appointment on January 18, 2019, finally arrived. The doctor did find a lump about an inch and a half thick, and that very next Monday, she went in for a biopsy. By the end of that week, it was confirmed. Invasive ductal carcinoma. In two short months, she was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer at the age of 29. With so many things to look forward to, everything came to a halt.
Lisa has always been strong willed and independent. She is so proud of her accomplishments (as are her family and friends) and has done them mostly on her own. When it came to beating a disease that she didn’t ask for, she didn’t think twice. Once again, she would do this on her own. When faced with a challenge, Lisa wouldn’t think to bother those around her, even if she rightly deserves the help. But now, she needs all the support she can get. Friends and family have been in Lisa’s corner since she first found a sign, but now is a time when we’re asking others to offer help so that she does not carry the burden alone.
The reality of how expensive this journey is going to be has set in, and with the help of her closest friends and family, we are inviting you to offer any support than you can here because every little bit helps.