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The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced league-wide in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. In nine years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and hundreds of individuals have been honored.

In 2018, MLB Clubs each selected their respective Honorary Bat Girl based upon the honoree's personal connection to breast cancer; demonstration of commitment to the battle through education, awareness, fundraising or additional efforts and awareness; and demonstration of substantial local community impact.

We celebrate the spirit and efforts of the following 2018 honorees.

2018 Honorees

Dr. Fetting received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned his M.D. at Johns Hopkins where he then completed residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Fetting completed an additional residency in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He returned to Johns Hopkins for a Medical Oncology Fellowship after which he joined the faculty. 

Dr. Fetting is a breast cancer medical oncologist and is actively involved in the clinical trials program of the Breast Cancer Program. Dr. Fetting served as Associate Director for Clinical Practice for the Department of Oncology from 1995‐2014. In this role he oversaw practice quality and operations for the Department of Oncology.

Dr. Fetting is an advocate for breast cancer prevention and is fundraising to support breast cancer prevention research at Johns Hopkins. The John Fetting Fund for Breast Cancer Prevention Research was initiated by one of his patients, Leslie Ries, and her husband Tom. The Fund has raised $3.8 million towards an initial goal of $5 million.

Her own breast cancer journey started in June of 2014 when she initially was diagnosed with Stage 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the age of 36. After undergoing a double mastectomy, four rounds of chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery, she was given a clean bill of health and was told there was a low risk of recurrence. However, in June of 2016, the cancer returned and metastasized to 10 axillary lymph nodes.

She immediately underwent axillary lymph node dissection surgery, five rounds of chemotherapy, five weeks of radiation therapy and a final surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She has had several clean scans since completing her treatments in 2017 and continues to focus on her health and wellness. Lindsay is an active volunteer in her community. She has been volunteering in the Marblehead Public Schools for more than five years and currently serves as a co‐president of the Bell Elementary School PTO. As a breast cancer survivor, Lindsay serves as an Outreach Leader for FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), a national non‐profit organization focused on improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers.

In addition to raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, she and her family have also raised funds for the Dana‐Farber Cancer Institute as well as the Marblehead Breast Friends Walk to benefit the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Lindsay has also reached out to many other breast cancer patients and young adults with cancer in her community as a resource and advocate. She and her family have dedicated themselves to supporting cancer‐related causes like Susan G. Komen in the hope that someday there will be a cure for breast cancer.

Lindsay is a graduate of Swampscott High School and Emerson College. She currently lives in Marblehead with her husband, Bryan, her two sons, Jake (age 11) and Sam (age 9) and her two dogs.

She is also a fellow graduate of Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government's Hispanic Health Leadership Fellowship Program, where she received extensive training for senior executives in state and local government with The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (formerly known as the National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations). In her ongoing partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, she collaborated on the book "Salud!" A Latina's Guide to Total Health‐Body, Mind, and Spirit, by Jane Delgado, PhD -- President and CEO of the Alliance.

Ms. Sciammarella is the Executive Director of the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition, a 501(c)(3) not‐for‐profit organization that she helped establish in June 1991 as a multi‐disciplinary membership organization. Its mission is to promote healthy behavior and prevent chronic disease in the Hispanic community. The CHHC maintains a centralized forum for capacity building, coordination, and networking among health and human service providers and consumers. The Coalition also directly provides the Hispanic Community with health education and disease prevention workshops. In addition to being on the board of the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition, she is currently Community Co‐Chair of Partnerships and Community Engagement for Healthy Chicago 2.0, Board Member for the Catholic Charities' Latino Advisory Board, Community Engagement for Early Recognition and Immediate Action in Stroke (CEERIAS), Health Alternative Systems (HAS), the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO), the Telligen Learning and Action Network (LAN), the UIC Latino Community Advisory Council and the UIC Urban Health Program.

Ms. Sciammarella currently holds a position at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System working closely with the Family Medicine Clinic Medical Director in the development of Pilsen Clinic‐based community health programs and classes to serve the community. In this capacity she follows up with patients on the value of the topics presented, promotes educational events to the community, and aids in the development of advertising materials for these programs. Ms. Sciammarella has spearheaded partnerships with Healthcare Alternative Systems and SGA Youth & Family Services to provide mental health services for adults and children, on‐site. She continues to improve services offered at the Pilsen‐Lower West clinic.

Ms. Sciammarella retired as Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Hispanic Affairs at the Chicago Department of Public Health. In this capacity, she acted as a consultant and liaison between the department and the Hispanic community to ensure that programs and services were sensitive to Hispanics and assists in planning health‐related programs in the community.

A two‐time breast cancer survivor, Ms. Sciammarella has been working with the City of Chicago on the breast cancer campaign "Your Life is in Your Hands" from 1998 to present day. She is also a member of Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative, partnership between Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Employed as a physical therapist at Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital, I found myself in the role of patient now rather than the caregiver. With a very heavy heart and fierce determination, I decided to undergo a mastectomy with immediate DIEP tissue reconstruction. Ironically, this was scheduled on the same day as my daughter Ava's seventh birthday, June 23, 2015. We call it "a day of life."

Following surgery, a 12-week regimen of chemotherapy began in fall 2015. Dr. Jame Abraham, my oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Center, informed me of a research study that provided early-stage breast cancer patients with the opportunity to wear a cooling cap during chemo treatment to prevent hair loss. I was randomly selected to participate in this four-plus-hour weekly study. Each week, I waited for my hair to fall out. I bought wigs, scarfs and hats. Prepared for the inevitable. But with each passing week, my hair remained. As chemotherapy ended, I continued with Herceptin infusions and then two more reconstructive surgeries over the next year. My hair remained. By participating in the cooling cap research study, I have opened up the possibility for other cancer survivors to prevent hair loss. The results of this research have been published and the cooling cap is now recognized as an FDA-approved device. The cooling cap study and my personal experience have been shared locally with the Plain Dealer, Channel 5 News, Cleveland Clinic Marketing and various other marketing outlets.

I have also provided support to other breast cancer survivors who may be interested in preventing hair loss. As breast cancer survivors, we lose so much of ourselves in this process. Hair loss should be one less loss. Now, I am proudly living life cancer-free with a full head of hair and training for the upcoming Cleveland Half-Marathon. 

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In March 2010, my husband died from a heart attack, leaving me a widow and a single mother at the age of 36. Just 11 months later I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. I was 37 years old. My daughters were 8 and 11. They lost their dad and now were faced with the possibility of losing their mom. I fought like I had never fought before to overcome breast cancer. I was determined not to leave my children as orphans. I have faced 11 surgeries, 10 rounds of chemo and seven weeks of radiation. I also joined a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic to test a vaccine to prevent recurrence. Just before I was diagnosed, a friend from high school was also diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer for the second time. She found out she was pregnant during treatment. She had her sweet baby girl the same day she had a double mastectomy, which was the same day I had my mastectomy. We had the same surgeon. Unfortunately she lost her battle two years ago. She left behind the most beautiful miracle baby.

I have "mentored" several women who have been diagnosed since I was. I believe in helping others face this scary time. I help them advocate for their medical treatment, deal with symptoms and to see that there is life after treatment. I live every day with purpose. Life is too short! We have to live while we are here! I fundraise for the Komen Greater Detroit and the Komen Lansing races each year. I believe that together we can make a difference.

Lastly, I am the biggest Tigers fan! I came to a game a few days before my mastectomy and again during treatment. It was an outlet for me. The Tigers have been an important part of my recovery.

She lost her fight in 1967, but she apparently left her legacy of strength to me that I was able to use when I was diagnosed in 1996. I made it through my treatments determined to live through this disease.

After moving to Kingwood, Texas, in 1993 and joining the Kingwood Women's Club (KWC), I was active in the club's many volunteer opportunities and made many friends who helped me through my cancer treatments. There were several other ladies in the club who were breast cancer survivors and many more diagnosed after me. In 2001, KWC provided the initial donation of $5,000 to start Project Mammogram, to assist uninsured women who could not afford mammograms. The program started out very small and has grown to serve women and some men with more than 650 mammogram and diagnostic services annually. As the Project Mammogram liaison for KWC, my efforts in 2003 started in coordinating volunteers from KWC and the community. I then worked ask a volunteer to sign in patients in the office and clinic and ultimately moved to a part-time position as office manager and project liaison to KWC. I feel this is what I was meant to do. My work and volunteer efforts put me in a good position to offer advice and comfort to those worried about a lump they have found or a biopsy that is proved to be cancer. From all the procedures we do every year, we usually diagnose from six to 13 cancers, but many more are given the peace of mind that they do not have cancer.

Since 2001, Kingwood Women's Club has continued to donate to Project Mammogram, providing over $300,000 to date. Since 2003, Susan G. Komen, Houston has provided grants totaling over $1.4 million and the program has been honored as being one of the most successful "outreach mammogram agencies" which provides free mammograms and related diagnostic services. In 2011, the Founding Director, Joyce White, was honored by Susan G. Komen, Houston as "Best Director in the Houston Area" and in 2013, under the direction of our current director, Toni Schau, Project Mammogram was honored as "Best Program in the Houston Area." We are very proud of the work we do and the many lives we save with this program. As I said at the beginning, things happen in your life for a reason and it is up to you to decide what to do with what you are given. Helping others through this scary and life‐threatening time has truly been a blessing to me.

Mila has since undergone a lymph bypass surgery due to lymphedema, but continues to be monitored by her doctors. In an effort to help others diagnosed with the disease, she has held a fundraiser to support breast cancer research at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Mila, her husband and three children live in Olathe, Kansas, where she continues to coach softball players, many of whom have gone on to win state, national and college scholarships and awards.

Almost two years ago, Anne supported her daughter, Ashley, and her friends at the Susan G. Komen three-day, 60-mile walk to support breast cancer awareness and remembers feeling the emotions of hope, strength and faith. Just this past August after a routine mammogram, Anne became the next woman to become diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately for Anne, her cancer was detected early with both Stage 1 breast cancer and a positive BRCA‐2 gene. With the guidance of her surgeon, Dr. Windy Olaya from St. Joseph Hospital, Anne underwent a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery on the same day. Anne is also followed by another excellent oncologist, Dr. Stavroula Otis. Anne has been fortunate enough to not undergo radiation or chemotherapy, but has been prescribed medication for the next five years. She is a great reminder for women to get routine checkups to aid with early cancer detection. Anne holds her head high and is forever grateful to the doctors, nurses and walkers that have helped her go to bat against breast cancer! She is excited to be here today as the Honorary Bat Girl and cheer on the Angels!

After leaving a fulfilling day of work at The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, I was feeling high on life. I live about five minutes away from the Hope Chest but before I reached home, I received an unexpected call on my cell phone. The number was unfamiliar to me.

I will never forget the words that came over the Bluetooth speaker loud and clear. "This is your doctor's office and we found an abnormality on your mammogram. You need to be seen by a specialist and have an ultrasound done on your right breast as soon as possible." My heart sank. I thought to myself "How could this be? I didn't even have a lump..." They had me schedule a biopsy for the next day.

On December 27, 2017, the day after finding out about the abnormality, I went into the clinic with my husband. He held my hand tight while I had an ultrasound and biopsy conducted. The entire experience that day was unreal and hard to digest. Everything was happening so quickly.

Two days later, I was waiting anxiously for the results while on the phone with one of my daughters. The clinic called on the other line. I knew in my gut I was going to be receiving the results that could possibly affect the rest of my life. I told my daughter the clinic was calling and that I would call her back.

It was in that moment, that I heard exactly what I didn't want to hear. They confirmed that I indeed had cancer. Again, all I could think about was how this news was going to affect my family and impact all of our lives.

I am 52 and have been married to my high school sweetheart for 30 years. We have three children and our oldest got married within the last few years. I know all too well what a diagnosis of cancer means. Unfortunately we have had family members with various cancer diagnoses (some to include breast cancer). All have survived except for one (my one and only brother). I also have friends with breast cancer. In addition, working at the Hope Chest, I meet breast cancer survivors all of the time. To actually be the one with breast cancer this time, well that's a whole different story. I was trying to prepare myself mentally for this long journey of appointments, surgery and treatments. Luckily I had my husband and sister (who is a survivor of breast cancer and pancreatic cancer) by my side during the majority of my appointments. My children also came to some of my appointments to support me, which I really appreciated.

I have learned so much during my journey with cancer and met a lot of wonderful people along the way. I have decided to use my experience to benefit and help others and turn a bad thing into something good. I am lucky! My cancer was found early because I opted to have a 3D mammogram. The doctors have all said it would not have been detected this early in a regular mammogram. There were two tumors and precancerous cells surrounding them. The cancer was stage one, estrogen fed and invasive. Because it was found so early it had not yet reached my lymph nodes (thanks to early detection by the 3D mammogram). 

I want to share my story with as many women as possible. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get your yearly mammogram and to spread the word to your friends about getting a 3D mammogram. It was a friend of mine who reminded me one day to go in for an annual mammogram (I had missed my mammogram the previous year). If it weren't for her, well I don't want to think about that…

Please spread the word. You could save a life.

I want to thank my friends, family and coworkers for all of their love and support. I can't imagine having gone through this experience on my own.

I am a single mother of a 12‐year‐old daughter named Laura, which is why I was devastated to learn that I was positive for the gene mutation that increases a woman's risk of breast and ovarian cancer. I had a mastectomy in July of 2017, then underwent chemotherapy for four months and later began daily radiation treatments for six weeks. I will have surgery again to remove the other breast in the next two weeks.

Since most of my family lives in the Dominican Republic, this diagnosis has been especially challenging for my family and I. My young daughter has struggled a lot emotionally. Her grades were impacted by this experience and she became extremely isolated from her friends. One of the things that brought us much joy was sitting together and watching Yankees games on television.

I have been unable to work but now that I am almost done with this grueling process, I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The finish line is quickly approaching and soon I will return to my job. I am looking forward to the summer, being able to participate in activities with my daughter again, and most importantly, my life after cancer.

In 2011, Tina was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. This came as a shock as she has no family history of cancer and no high‐risk factors. What followed was two surgeries, five months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. With treatment came terrible side effects, but she remained positive by continuing life as usual and going to A's baseball games. Additionally, an important coping skill for her was writing. Tina started a blog of her journey as therapy and to educate those around her who did not realize the many side effects that come with breast cancer and its treatment.

In getting breast cancer, Tina says she "was given a rare opportunity to see life before me and realize how precious it is and how swiftly it can be taken away. I have been blessed to have many loved ones and friends in my life who supported me through this process, but the Oakland A's will always hold a special place in my heart for the support and attention they bring to breast cancer awareness."

Yvette began having annual mammograms at age 40 because her grandmother had breast cancer, so she wanted to be proactive about prevention. But all these mammograms came back clear, so she stopped after age 45.

Prior to the 2018 mammogram, she wasn't having any symptoms and didn't detect any breast lumps.

After her mammogram at Women's Health & Breast Center at St. Francis in Federal Way, she received a call requesting another mammogram and an ultrasound. After the second mammogram she learned that she had a suspicious area that required biopsy. Her biopsy confirmed a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in her left breast.

Scheduling her first surgery took several weeks, and the surgery was fairly lengthy and complex because her cancer had spread to one lymph node. Because her breast tumor was close to the skin, some cancer had spread to the skin, so she had another surgery in April to remove those cancerous skin areas.

Today she is recovering at home and awaiting chemotherapy and radiation. She is hoping to feel more energetic in time for the Mariners game!

Before her husband recently lost most of his sight, she was always traveling around the world to visit her kids and grandkids.

Not only is Footman the grandmother to Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith, she is also a favorite amongst the kids in her community. After more than 30 years, she finally retired from Leon County schools, the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Dept. and Girl Scouts. Throughout the years, her hard work has shined while balancing all three of these jobs at once. Instead of departing from her career completely, she pushed through and moved on from her Physical Education position to work in the library to read to kids. Upon her retirement, the police blocked the streets around the school just to commemorate her retreat and even invited the band from FAMU to lead the parade. According to Tallahassee news station, WCTV, "students, faculty and administrators treated Footman like a queen for the day."

Just a handful of the community efforts that she has been heavily involved in are Relay for Life, National Hook‐Up of Black Women, the Garden Club in Tallahassee and many more. She is also the founder of a local group called Kids in the Hood, Inc. She has won many awards in her community, including the "biggest volunteer" award in Leon County, Florida. Once she heard the news that she had Stage 2 breast cancer, she hit the ground running and never looked back. Despite numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she always stayed positive and remained one step ahead of the process. As she was going to the courthouse to sign her retirement papers, she changed her mind and decided to join the Drop program and has currently been volunteering with a local ER for the past four years. Today, she is more than eight years cancer-free and hasn't shown signs of slowing down any time soon.

Back in 2011, her mother, Eleanor, lost her seven‐year battle with breast cancer. A little over a year later, at age 35, Meg went for her first mammogram (five years earlier than doctors usually recommend) because of her mother's history with the disease. Within weeks, on what would have been her mother's 68th birthday, Meg was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, five years later, she is grateful that the early diagnosis means that she gets to raise her three sons and spread awareness among the community of women who have been affected by this disease. She sings with the Susan G. Komen "Voices of Hope" Survivor Choir, and she and her family participate and volunteer at Komen's Race for the Cure every year. She hopes that all women will take seriously the importance of self-exams, regular doctor visits and getting screened early and regularly, so that we can add to the ranks of women who have beaten this disease.

In December 2016 Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite being checked regularly, she had a tumour the size of a baseball in her right breast. For most of 2017, Kim was undergoing treatment including rounds of chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, 25 rounds of radiation and 18 Herceptin infusions.

Because she was in the public eye, Kim made the decision to document each step of her journey through blogging, social media and weekly radio interviews. She had her hair shaved off live on Facebook shortly after her second round of chemotherapy. Kim was very honest, but positive in her approach to breast cancer treatment. Thousands responded to her with words of encouragement and sometimes their own fears. After her surgery, Kim was told that she had a complete response to the chemotherapy, meaning that she was in remission. The positive outcome to her treatment is a testament to how far research has come in the pursuit of finding a cure.

Ten days after her surgery in May, Kim, along with her family, attended the Mother's Day game. One year later, Kim has become a spokesperson for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and continues to be an advocate. This year, she is thrilled to be chosen as the Honorary Bat Girl for her favourite team, the Blue Jays.

Mary had never been a runner before, but she was inspired to sign up to participate in the D‐backs' Race Against Cancer for the first time in March. About 10 days out from the race, during her training, she strained her ACL and bruised her knees, which prevented her from participating. Though devastated, Mary thought this is not where she calls it quits.

She was determined to accomplish her goal; she received a huge amount of love and support for the race. The motivation came from wanting to give back every dollar she raised to provide screening, treatment and support for individuals in her community struggling with cancer. Not only was Mary's team one of the best-funded, but she got to walk the race alongside her family. With pride, Mary will be accompanied at the game by her husband, Matthew McGonegle, and two kids, daughter Megan McGonegle and son Sean McGonegle, who have supported her throughout this journey.

With the knowledge that her mom was a previous breast cancer survivor, she knew she had a long road ahead. Her stress was eased somewhat when she found out that her mom's cancer was estrogen-based, not genetic. She started chemo in October and then headed to surgery in March. During this time she diligently came to work as often as her health allowed. She is a champion and cheerleader of herself and her health.

She is often referred to as the "quiet rock" because of her calm demeanor. She is one of the most resilient, helpful and considerate staff members at Pine Mountain, which is why she was overwhelmingly voted "Cobb County Pine Mountain Middle School Teacher of the Year 2017‐18." Paige and her husband, who is a lieutenant with the Cobb County Sheriff's office, have two sons who are 14 and 17.

She went to her OB for a normal visit because she and her husband were on their second round of infertility and going to start their first round of IVF so Kristin could become pregnant. Her OB found a lump, which led her to a mammogram at Lutheran General. It turns out the lump was nothing but they found something else on her other breast and she was diagnosed as Stage 0 DCIS. Kristin opted for a double mastectomy (she never wanted to go in for another mammogram) with reconstruction. They found a small amount of Stage 1 highly aggressive cancer so she went through four rounds of chemo, which she finished last August.

She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2013, likely caused by the long‐term effects of the radiation treatment for the Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

The two‐time experience with cancer has led her and her husband, John, to understand the true value of cancer research and its role in the prevention and successful treatment of cancer and cancer survivorship. Carrie is dedicated to reducing the incidence of cancer and improving the success rate of cancer treatment in our region and beyond. Carrie and John currently serve as co‐chairs of the Campaign for NCI Designation for the Cincinnati Cancer Center. She is also chair of the Cancer Ends Here Rally on Sept. 29, 2018, at Great American Ballpark. She has actively served as an advisor to the Cincinnati Cancer Center and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute. She is also Chair of the University of Cincinnati Center for Integrative Health and Wellness Advisory Board. Carrie is a Trustee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, where she chairs the Development Committee, is a Co‐Chair of the University of Cincinnati Comprehensive Campaign Committee and serves on the Executive Committee.

She has volunteered in a leadership position with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati for over 20 years, most recently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Chair of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Foundation Board. She is a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class XXVI. Carrie is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Cincinnati. Carrie is a 2007 Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year. She is a recipient of the Geier Family Award for United Way Leadership, the Pauline Cohen Award from Cancer Family Care and the Miami University Bishop Award for her community leadership. She has been awarded the Vision Award by the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Eastern Area. She received her B.S. in Accountancy from Miami University.

I took my belt that I received from WWE to show my oncologist Dr. Ma and the patients that were at Rocky Mountain Cancer Clinic that day. I wanted to show her what she was a part of and thank her for everything she has done to help me get better. I also wanted to give encouragement to the patients at the office that day. I have volunteered with the unions that my company works with to help raise money for a few causes. Last weekend my company and I bowled to raise relief money for Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria. We gather toys for Toys for Tots every year. I also sponsor a little girl in Sri Lanka named Nethmi through World Vision. She is five years old just like my daughter. I am really excited to be able to involve my daughter Amyah in this event. I try my best to show her how to be strong and have a positive attitude in life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so.

In 2010, Carla was at the bedside of her dearest friend, Nanci, as she received the last rites at the end of a seven‐year battle with Stage 4 breast cancer. Carla promised her friend that she would use her example of strength and courage to inspire others and she continues to fulfill that promise at every opportunity. That personal loss helped Carla make the decision to undergo a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction only months after Nanci's passing.

For the past 20 years, Carla has been volunteering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. During that time, Carla has spoken on behalf of Komen on countless occasions, including television and radio interviews. Whether speaking to a large group or an individual through her mentoring, Carla continues to fulfill her promise to her dear friend.

As part of her higher level of volunteer work for Komen, Carla served on the Board of Directors for six years and Race Chair for the Race for the Cure for three years. She is also part of the Survivor Advisory Committee for Komen and has represented Komen at national conferences in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Carla has been on the Executive Race for the Cure Leadership Committee for over 15 years, playing a key role in the planning and logistics for the event, which draws as many as 25,000 participants and raises millions of dollars each year.

Carla also fundraises for Komen. To date, she has raised over $300,000 in personal pledge donations and is Komen's all‐time top fundraiser. Carla is determined to do whatever it takes -- whether through volunteering or fundraising -- to help end breast cancer forever.

When she isn't working, fundraising or volunteering, Carla is an active part of the Los Angeles Pink Dragons, which is California's first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team. Carla has been with the team for three and a half years and finds the sisterhood, support and camaraderie of competing with her fellow survivors exciting and rewarding.

In December 2000, I completed my Masters in Nursing Science and became a family nurse practitioner with a certificate in gerontology. Once I became an NP, I dedicated my work to oncology and solid tumors in GI and also conducted research at University of Miami/Sylvester for six years.

In 2004, everything changed when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, I was able to become a survivor and dedicate myself to helping those with breast cancer. For the past 12-plus years, I have been helping educate colleagues and patients as well as the public on learning more about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

There is still so much to learn about the illness and at the University of Miami we are conducting research towards this goal. I believe research and education will someday lead us to a cure. Knowing your bodies, reporting changes and screening mammograms are important ways to prepare and protect ourselves.

In my personal life, I love traveling, arts and crafts, dancing, music and spending time with family. In addition, my survival of breast cancer has motivated me to participate in half-marathons. I have completed 16 since 2007!

A "big time" Brewers fan who used to play high school, fast‐pitch varsity softball, Nichole is a middle school teacher in New Berlin as well as the mom of two girls and a recently-adopted baby boy. She was diagnosed at the age of 32 with HER‐2+, Stage 1 breast cancer in 2013. As one of ABCD's professionally trained volunteer Mentors, Nichole always makes time to support and connect to young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. She willingly shares her story with others because "I want people to know that cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot conquer the spirit. In fact, if there is a reason that I was diagnosed, it must be this: so I could help others who are going through the same thing."

To honor her five‐year "cancer‐versary" at the end of May, her husband Brian (a former varsity baseball player) is hosting a huge party in New Berlin. They are inviting anyone and everyone who helped support her during her breast cancer diagnosis and expect more than 240 guests. Instead of gifts, they are asking their guests to make a donation to support ABCD's mission of nurturing hope and restoring confidence in all those affected by breast cancer, from the newly diagnosed to those in treatment and beyond.

Working with my friend and cofounder Andy Rampersad, we purchased and created "comfort baskets" and hand-delivered to patients undergoing treatment at the hospital I worked at. Word spread and the demand for baskets became greater than one person could accomplish so we recruited volunteers and delivered approximately 1,600 baskets to oncology surgeons, reconstruction plastic surgeons and cancer centers on Long Island and Queens, New York.

I don't see myself so much of a breast cancer survivor as a I do a chemotherapy survivor. As far as I can tell, I had no symptoms from the cancer. But the chemotherapy! It takes a team to get through chemotherapy, and I am grateful for my team including: my partner who captained the ship and helped me navigate through the maze of appointments and made cup after cup of Cream of Wheat when I could eat nothing else; the friends who helped me to get seen quickly by the best cancer treatment doctors and translated the medical jargon for me; the friends who dropped off homemade dinner; the friends who had it delivered; the steady stream of flower deliveries; phone calls and cards in the mail that helped me to feel like I hadn't been forgotten; and my wonderful Phillies family who surrounded me with love and support as I went through the stages of my treatment.

Coming to work to see my Phillies family provided a much‐needed semblance of normalcy to what was otherwise a nightmarish time. I'm grateful to my staff for stepping up to the plate when I couldn't, and for the encouragement I received from the entire Phillies organization.

Dana is 44 years old and lives in Wexford. She is the mother of Gavin (age 8) and Lyden (age 6). Dana is so beautiful and inspiring, inside and out. Not only is she a huge Pirates fan but she humbly and proudly represents all the breast cancer survivors here in our wonderful, supportive city!

After being in remission for a year and a half, Sandra was re‐diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 -- this time with metastatic/Stage IV breast cancer. The news was more devastating than her first diagnosis. The doctor gave Sandra five years to live but said she would help her live comfortably with medication. Today, despite all the odds, Sandra is still here, very much alive and doing well. Sandra continues to enjoy and live life as if she wasn't sick.

This coming November will mark Team Lopez's 10th year walking in the Susan G. Komen San Diego's Race for the Cure. With over 100 teammates annually, Team Lopez has grown to be the largest non‐corporate team in the Race for the Cure. Between Team Lopez's registration fees and fundraising activities, they have contributed over $50,000 to the fight against breast cancer. Every Mother's Day is special to Sandra and her sister Karla as it marks a decade since Karla surprised her sister by shaving her own head so Sandra wouldn't have to be hairless during chemo alone. Sandra continues to be a warrior battling this disease.

Under the incredibly capable care of her doctors at UCSF, Helen endured five months of chemotherapy, followed by multiple surgeries. Gratefully, she responded very well to treatment and has returned to good health. Helen's recovery was due in large part to an incredible determination and courage that she demonstrated throughout, best exemplified by the fact that she continued her full-time work as an attorney and public defender during her active treatment.

For young mothers, a breast cancer diagnosis can be especially upsetting in that it creates significant, additional challenges for family planning. Helen is thrilled that she and her husband were recently able to add to their family through the adoption of a baby son and wishes to serve as a symbol of hope for others that a diagnosis does not need to signal the end of some of life's most important plans. Helen lives in San Francisco, is a big Giants fan and is supported with love by her husband Rocky, daughter Noa and son Huck.

In January 2012, Kathy underwent surgery to remove the cancerous cells and two weeks later began a twice‐a‐day radiation regime. Radiation led to lymphedema resulting in the need for physical therapy.

Nearly a year after first detecting a lump, Kathy was declared cancer-free. Every day she feels thankful for the team at SS Mercy Cancer Institute that saved her life and is grateful for the outpouring of love and support from her family, friends and her dance class at White Rodgers Community Center. Without all of them she knows that her road to recovery would have been more painful.

Today she is celebrating six years cancer free but that doesn't mean Kathy's fight is over. She and her family are dedicated to helping fund cancer research. Breast cancer was a life‐changing experience and she uses every opportunity to support research and to help raise awareness. Every year, Kathy walks in the Race for the Cure and every year her children and grandchildren walk alongside her. Kathy even walked while undergoing treatment herself. The crowds and sponsors of Race for the Cure are now more meaningful to Kathy and she has opened her wallet to donate to Komen fundraising events. In fact, she was selected as the Cardinals' Honorary Bat Girl while attending a Komen Fundraiser. Kathy knows the first step to her being cured was getting her annual mammogram and she encourages others to do the same and to keep fighting!

Jones is also a seasoned volunteer with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN). In the former capacity, she has spoken both locally and nationally, delivering the message of early detection, prevention, treatment and hope to thousands of women, men and young girls. As the recently retired D.C. State Lead Ambassador for ACSCAN, Jones has lobbied both national and local public officials for funding of tobacco control and cancer research.

In April 2010, she established the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Support Group, the signature program of the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund in Southwest D.C. Focusing primarily on the historically less served communities, the award-winning support group has held more than 90 meetings and welcomed more than 1,000 participants. It has also contributed significantly to providing a safe and secure place for breast cancer survivors and caretakers to discuss and share their journeys, hear a range of highly skilled and prominent speakers, acquire information and resources and give voices to those who are struggling in silence with their diagnosis.

Recognized for her long-time civic involvement and breast cancer advocacy, Jones has been featured extensively in the media, including social media and websites, where she speaks candidly about her breast cancer journey and her desire to turn her challenge into an opportunity to help others.