I have participated in the Womens4Miler numerous times in the past as a NursePractitioner member of the breast and melanoma teams at UVA. Numerous research projects have been funded by this support that have lead to discoveries that have advanced the care for patients in the Breast Care Program. As a research nurse I recieved funding from W4M for a study that evaluated a new treatment for lymphedema in breast cancer patients in 2006.
The tables turned on me last fall when my routine mammogram lead to the diagnosis of a Stage I breast cancer. My colleagues became my personal medical management team. Fortunately I was eligible for a new study that was only available at UVA! Instead of 30 radiation treatments, I had intraoperative radiation therapy (one radiation treatment during my lumpectomy surgery). As you can imagine, one vs. thirty treatments saved me alot of time and energy, a better "cosmetic" outcome and less longterm radiation side effects.
Recovered from this last cancer episode (the third in my life!), I am one of 3500 participants taking part in the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler, the largest all-women’s race in Virginia. Our goal this year is to raise $350,000 to support groundbreaking cancer research and innovative patient care programs at UVA Cancer Center’s Breast Care Program.
All gifts, no matter their size, are important in this fight. When you make a donation on my fundraising page, know that 100% of your gift will fuel the search for finding better ways to treat, and one day, cure breast cancer.
Thank you for supporting our efforts! Oh, and by the way.....I have a corporate match who will match your donation up to $5000!!