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, September 27, 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!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Komen Breakfast 2017

The Annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast held in September 2017 with my pink sisters!

The Victory Gals are in the house!
Rita, Carol, Areena, Diane, Beth, Melissa J. Kim, Melissa
& Lynnette

Melissa P., Deb, Rita, Melissa J. and Carol
First 4 of us on the left are TNBC survivors

Pink sisters, Lynnette and Melissa

Melissa and Chrys Peterson

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Northwest Ohio Medical Mutual's Hattitude Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch 2017

Lovely and uplifting breast cancer awareness brunch presented by Medical Mutual of Ohio at the Inverness Club in Toledo on Sept. 16, 2017.  Also, it was a great opportunity for me to get Young Survival Coalition's information out there for support of young women diagnosed with breast cancer.  Thank you Debra. A. Green for this annual awareness event in bringing women together and reminding us on the importance of early detection in breast cancer.

Educating about unique needs in young
women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Melissa representing Young Survival Coalition as
 a State Leader

Peggy, Dianna, Sharon, Deb and Melissa
The last 4 of us on the right end are
triple negative breast cancer survivors

Tuesday, September 12, 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, August 1, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lucas County Relay for Life 2017

A cold day on May 19, 2017 but that did not stop us Victory Gals from going out and support our local Relay for Life at Maumee High School.

Finishing the fight! with Penny and Carol

Supporting Cancer Research Funding

Shout out to The Victory gals!
Carol and Melissa

Carol and Melissa with the Armadillo 

Thank you The Victory Center!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Detroit Tigers Pink Out the Park 2017

Pink sisters Melissa and Lynnette
Thank you Lynnette for this invite to be one of your guests to Detroit Tigers Pink out the Park on May 17, 2017.   I really enjoyed your company and the breast cancer awareness experience that came along with the game.  Lynnette and I belong to the same support group in my area and have met up at many awareness events over the years.  
Always a true Tigers fan since I was a kid and always wanted my pic with Detroit Tigers mascot, Paws... 
Here's the photos!


PAWS, I love this tiger!

Finally got my pic taken with Paws and in pink!

Pink sisters Pam, Lynnette and Melissa with Paws

Us survivors on the infield being honored

Selfie with the Orioles boys!

Detroit welcomes the Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles lovin the pink sisters

A lot of pink cheering for the Detroit Tigers!

Pink sisters Melissa, Pam and Lynnette



Pink out the Park, just beautiful!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

U of M, Ann Arbor Breast Cancer Summit 2017

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) was invited by University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center to have an informational vender table at their Breast Cancer Summit in Ann Arbor, MI. on May 6, 2017.  Maureen and I represented YSC at this event telling young women about support services and resources that YSC offers. 

U of M Breast Cancer Summit

Young Survival Coalition State Leaders
Breast cancer survivors
Melissa and Maureen

Maureen talking about YSC 

Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Survivors, Melissa and Tresse

Cancer research panel discussion

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