I promise

"I promise, Suzy... Even if it takes the rest of my life." - Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?


Just in recent years, Triple Negative Breast Cancer has sparked interest in the news where instead of calling the tumor as ER-negative, PR-negative, and HER2-negative; researchers began using the shorthand term, "Triple Negative," dubbed the "new type" type of cancer. Being Triple Negative, you don't have a targeted therapy and that your only treatment option is chemotherapy.

Triple Negative is seen in about 15% of all breast cancers. Triple Negative is a very aggressive cancer that tends to strike younger women, pre-menopause, especially among African-American women and women who have BRCA1 mutations. The tumor tends to be fast growing and is less likely to show up on an annual mammogram. TN is more likely to metastasis early on; has a high rate of recurrence in the first 2-3 years from diagnosis and has a poorer prognosis than other types of breast cancer due to lack of specific, targeted treatment for TNBC.

Carpe diem

Seize Each new Day with Renewed Strength,
Believe in Yourself, Go forward with
Courage and faith
to face whatever Tomorrow may bring.

Chicks For Charity motto:

Enjoy life. Laugh a lot.
Work hard. Play hard.
Be thankful for our blessings.
Share the wisdom. Give back

Friday, January 19, 2018

Rockets for the Cure 2017

9th Annual Rockets for the Cure was held on January 28, 2017 with an University of Toledo 74-72 win over Central Michigan women's basketball.  The Rockets for the Cure event offers free tickets to breast cancer survivors to attend the game as they are honored for their fight against breast cancer.  This 4,309 in attendance event brought awareness and education on breast cancer, which I think is very important for these young college women students to learn the importance of breast health and self awareness.  $10,488 raised from auctioning off the basketball players pink game jerseys benefits UTMC Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center and Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio.

Breast Cancer Survivor, Anne French
sings the National Anthem

Toledo Rocket ladies go pink for awareness

Breast cancer survivors,
Melissa and Barb Oxner

Triple Negative Breast Cancer sisters,
Joyce Bettinger and Melissa

Monday, November 13, 2017

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day Declared in Toledo 2016

Pink sisters, Melissa and Jyll

Receiving Proclamation from Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson
Declaring Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day
in the City of Toledo
Jyll, Mayor Paula HicksoHudson and Melissa

Proclamation declaring TNBC Awareness Day

Honored to accept this Proclamation from
The Mayor of Toledo, Paula Hicks-Hudson

All of us survivors, mostly TNBC

All of us survivors, mostly TNBC

TNBC Day in attendance

Dr. Mohamed presentation on TNBC
"Characterized by more aggressive
clinicopathologic features..."

Dr. Mohamed talks of the 7 Triple Negative
Breast Cancer Molecular Subtypes

Dr. Mohamed talks of latest TNBC targeted therapy
trials, Avastin and EGFR inhibitors such as Erlotinib

Dr. Thompson discuss the issues survivors face during and
after treatment

Dr. Thompson talks on Finding your New Normal
"Give yourself time to adjust"

"Obesity is related to survival in
postmenopausal TNBC patients"

"Exercise and dietary counseling led to loss of body
 fat and improved quality of life in survivors of TNBC"

"Chemotherapy punishes the vagina"

TNBC sisters, Christine Mabrey and Melissa
Sadly, Chris passed on July 5, 2016

TNBC sisters, Audrey and Melissa

TNBC sisters, Melissa and Maureen

TNBC sisters, Melissa and Dianna

TNBC sisters, Melissa and Sandy

Pink sisters, Jeanette and Melissa

Great turnout for TNBC Awareness Day

Survivors Meet for Breakfast

This us Us!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

NW Ohio Komen Race for the Cure 2017

Proud supporter of Komen, NW Ohio -Melissa
12,000 people participated in the 24th Annual Komen Race for the Cure in Downtown Toledo on September 24, 2017.  Thank You Northwest Ohio for your support and donations that help uninsured/underinsured women in breast health services and for breast cancer research.  As an 8 year breast cancer survivor myself and my bond with many other breast cancer survivors across our nation, I truly do appreciate everyones support in helping reducing the lives lost to breast cancer. 
Close to 94% of patients living with metastatic breast cancer were previously treated for an earlier stage of breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen has announced $31 million in 2017 research grant funding focusing on metastatic breast cancer including:

  •  Advance in understanding on how and why breast cancer spreads, and how to treat or prevent metastasis 
  • New treatments of targeted therapies and drug developments for aggressive types of breast cancer, including TNBC
  • Why drug resistance occurs in breast cancer patients and how to overcome it
  • Disparities in breast cancer outcomes
  • Funding young investigators in breast cancer research 


Thank you Northwest Ohio Komen participants and spectators
for your continued support of us breast cancer survivors!

All of us survivors in pink!

Triple Negative Breast Cancer sisters, Melissa and Genny

Our supporters!

In Celebration of Melissa Paskvan
Survivor Champion 8 years!

Pink sisters Melissa and Joyce
with our froggie fan!

Triple Negative Breast Cancer sisters,
Melissa P. and Melissa J. with cancer researcher,
Dr. Amit Tiwari

Pink Ribbon survivors!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Over the Edge for The Victory Center 2017

I, myself didn't really go over
the edge... but, I did make a
donation in support of Devorah
and The Victory Center
An once in a lifetime way to raise funds for 
The Victory Center, whomever registered and raised over $1000 in donations had the opportunity to rappel down from The Edison Building in downtown Toledo, OH. 
An amazing over $150,000 was raised from 
this event benefiting the services that The Victory Center provides to cancer patients.  
On September 8, 2017, Myself and a few other supporters of The Victory Center  gathered at downtown to cheer on our breast cancer support group facilitator Devorah, as she went "Over the Edge" of the Edison Building in honor of all of us cancer survivors and to those that we cherish in memory.  Devorah had personally raised over $2500 for this fundraiser.  So grateful for people like Devorah for making an impact in the lives of cancer patients and survivors.

Devorah, in her own words: "I have decided to add a spiritual component to this event.  I will read the names of loved ones whose lives have been touched by cancer as I descend the 16 stories.  You are welcome to give me several names to add to this list.  The purpose of doing this is to validate the lives of these individuals, and to honor them for going through their cancer journey and fighting to live one day at a time."

Devorah making her climb down

One brave lady!

Devorah reads list of cancer survivors
names as she descends down the

at about halfway point

Reached the Libbey Sign...
formally the Toledo Edison Building

Purple Warrior representing all of us survivors

So proud of Devorah for
her accomplishment

Melissa patiently waiting in a line of
Devorah's supporters to congratulate her

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ann Arbor National Cancer Awareness Day 2016

Board of survivors...

Thank you Michigan State Comprehensive Cancer Center for the invite for Young Survival Coalition to exhibit a table at their National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration on June 5, 2016.  It was honored as a YSC State Leader to accept a request to represent Young Survival Coalition and display information of resources that YSC has to offer at this special celebration in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  

YSC State Leader, Melissa Paskvan

Representing Young Survival Coalition 

Cancer survivors join in Laughter Works

Lovely Lunch Buffet 

Yummy healthy lunch

Ben & Jerry's Ice  Cream for dessert 

Showing guests YSC resources

My first YSC table exhibiting experience

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The Breast Cancer Site

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Inspire health and wellness support groups

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
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The SCAR Project

The SCAR Project
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Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project

Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project
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