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

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Striking Out... Bowl Down Cancer Event

Representing The Victory Center and as cancer survivors in the fight against Cancer, Joann and I rolled out the first bowling ball down the lane kicking off the event, Striking Out... Bowl Down Cancer during the opening ceremony on Oct. 2, 2010. Proceeds from this event went to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and America Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Record Breaking Race For The Cure 2010 - "Imagine Life Without Breast Cancer."

I was part of the largest 17th Annual Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure to date! More than 19,000 registered participants including more than 1,500 survivors have helped raise more than $981,000 on September 26, 2010. I had a great time meeting up with some friends from McAuley High School who came out to honor me. I really loved it that a bunch of motorcycle riders lined their motorcycles along Summit St. and revved their engines as we walked past them during the walk. Totally amazes me by how many supporters come up to congratulate me as I'm walking including cheerleaders who all came up and hugged me at the end of the race and handed me pink carnations.

Vote 4 The Victory Center daily in the month of October to help them win $250k grant

Keep the votes coming for October, I want this win of $250,000 Pepsi grant for the Toledo's The Victory Center so they can build a bigger facility for cancer patients support services. I'm a BC survivor and patient of Victory Center and I support this project! I would like to give back to The Victory Center by getting your votes. Click link below:http://www.refresheverything.com/newhome4thevictorycenter or from your cell phone Text* 102523 to Pepsi (73774) Victory Center has done wonderful things for me: support group, massages, facials, reflexology and event outings. Thank you, Melissa- Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor


  • Purchase a facility suited to the 30% growth we're experiencing.
  • To provide over 6,000 services yearly to local cancer patients.
  • Have 4 treatment rooms and 2 large multi-purpose spaces.
  • Equip our new facility with an improved media and educational center.
  • Continue to help men, women, and children diagnosed with cancer.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Find the cure.
A safe cure.
One that does not cut.
One that does not burn.
One that does not poison.

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