Teresa’s Journey: I’m all in. Are you?

 

Due to my family history, I was not shocked when I found the lump. Despite the recommendations, I had not had a mammogram in a few years and was diagnosed with Stage I Triple Negative Breast Cancer in October 2013. After eight rounds of chemotherapy and five surgeries including a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, my life-long battle against cancer had begun.

With nearly 20 years of experience in clinical research, I know breast cancer is both complex and an expensive disease that can kill. My professional life quickly collided with my personal life and I knew right away that I would be an advocate for other survivors. After treatment, I became involved with Susan G. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast — first as a race participant and volunteer, and now I am currently serving on the Board of Directors.

Despite tremendous progress against this disease, more than 40,000 women and men die of breast cancer every year in the United States. This is #unacceptable. Komen NCTC is committed to saving lives and finding breakthroughs for the most deadly breast cancer. We are committed to ensuring all people receive the care they need.

By investing in Komen NCTC, you will help to stop breast cancer, fund research and save lives, increase access to affordable care, and ensure all those fighting breast cancer receive the care they need. I hope you will join me in making a donation to Komen NCTC.

We want to stop breast cancer IN ITS TRACKS. Are you in?

Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce all breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026 builds on our determination to find cures for aggressive and metastatic breast cancers, and to improve outcomes for low-income and uninsured women, women of color, and other underserved populations that face barriers to breast cancer care. Since our inception, we have invested over $13 million in local community breast health programs across our 29-county service area. Your gift will help stop breast cancer in its tracks.

We fund breakthroughs in research to SAVE LIVES. Are you in?

We must invest in RESEARCH to develop more effective and less toxic treatments. We have donated over $43 million to fund research right here in North Carolina and have helped contribute to the more than $988 million invested globally in research. Medicines are improved by research. Cancer will be cured by research. Your gift will help fund critical research and save lives.

We are helping those who can’t PAY FOR TREATMENTS. Are you in?

We must take ACTION and advocate for increased access to care. We are committed to ensuring all people living in our service area receive the care they need, regardless of who they are, where they live or how much money they have. Our Treatment Assistance Program provides breast cancer education, psychological support, information about local resources, and direct financial assistance for local patients dealing with the crippling costs associated with treatment. Your gift will fund much needed breast health and breast cancer services by removing financial barriers to care.

We want to ensure that all people receive the CARE THEY NEED. Are you in?

We must increase CARE through early detection including low-cost and accessible screening and treatment. With your support, last year our community programs provided over 1,500 screening and diagnostic services. Your gift will ensure all people receive the care they need and deserve.

By drawing on our unparalleled leadership in research and advocacy, and by working to ensure that every person has access to, and receives, timely high-quality breast cancer care, WE WILL fight this disease. Because failure is unacceptable.

Your support is crucial to our success. Thank you for supporting our fight and saving lives with a donation to Komen NCTC. I recently marked my five-year anniversary of being cancer free, but I know the fight to cancer freedom is never-ending. Komen NCTC is where the end of breast cancer begins.

I‘m all in. Are you?

Warmest regards,

Teresa A. Dunlap
Breast Cancer Survivor and Clinical Researcher/Advocate
Board Member, Komen NC Triangle to the Coast

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