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Team Alma Bad-Ass

Thank you for being part of my team, Team Alma Bad-Ass!  As we run or walk, the Ventura Marathon and Half Marathon on October 22, 2017, we will not be doing this just for ourselves but in honor AND in  memory of all those that have been stricken with or will be affected by breast cancer. 

I personally know too many friends and family that have been impacted by breast cancer. My mom was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer a number of years ago when she was in her 60's. She is a breast cancer survivor. Sean, my husband, lost his mom to breast cancer when he was only 18 years old. His mom was 52 years old! It has hit home again. On July 19th, 2017, I accompanied my sister Alma with her boyfriend Jeff to UCLA Hospital for oupatient breast cancer surgery. She was diagnosed with breast cancer on June 28, 2017 with Stage 1 breast cancer. She is only 46 years old with two beautiful girls (12 years old and 9 years old). This is Alma's second bout with cancer. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer about four years ago. Unfortunately, she is not considered in remission with the thyroid cancer. When she wrote in her CaringBridge journal regarding the second diagnosis of cancer, she started with a quote, "God only gives us what we can handle." She started her journal entry that "Apparently, God thinks I am a bad-ass." Hence, the name of the team, Team Alma Bad-Ass. I am starting this team to raise funds for breast cancer research in her honor. Although breast cancer research has made tremendous gains over the years, more work needs to be done. I figure I need to join this fight against breast cancer and take action. Our family history of breast cancer has increased the risk for my girls, Alma's girls, and my brother's daughter of developing breast cancer.  Just this past week, my close friend from high school shared with me that her dear friend of 24 years, who was only 52 years old, died of breast cancer this year!  Thank you for helping me fight breast cancer!

Together as a team we can  make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.  We are  taking our first step towards a world without breast cancer by raising funds to stop this disease that affects 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. As the world’s largest and most impactful breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen supports more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.

You can make a donation online with your credit card by clicking the button above my fundraising thermometer.


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