Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Breast cancer, it doesn't discriminate.



Breast Cancer has no boundaries, it doesn't discriminate against age or race. When we are told to complete our monthly breast exams, most of us probably don't. From this day forward my bad habits have changed and I will never, NEVER skip mine again. My life has been touched and I have been inspired from someone who stood up for herself in making sure her voice was heard.


Meet Erica, 29, a newly married aspiring actress who surely didn't plan to start her fabulous thirties with breast cancer. After all, breast cancer doesn't discriminate...
You can read Erica's story here at Sarah Viola's page. We both, along with some other local bloggers graduated high school with Erica. High school, the place where we all watched her dance and catch her acting bug in our school's plays. A time in our lives where we all thought we were invincible.



Now 12 years later we are all hoping to spread her story. A story of how she had to push to get her doctor's to take her lump seriously. Thankfully because of her strength, she kept pushing the importance of her health. Unfortunately it was breast cancer but Erica is tackling her cancer and has started her battle against it.

Erica has her own blog in hopes of sharing her story. Read it, subscribe to her feed and help encourage her as her battle against breast cancer has already begun. Keep her and her family in your prayers because this fabulous young woman will continue to shine, just watch...
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My sister, Mary Beth, is actually best friends with Erica's sister(Danielle) and is walking for Erica in Chicago's Avon Walk this summer. Each team member has to raise $1800, but Erica's team is hoping to raise so much more, including awareness. They do need your help!
You can donate to my sister's walk for Erica here. Even $1 can help this team get that much closer to their goal.
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Also, Erica's family has an etsy site that they are selling "cooking for the cure" aprons that are handmade by Erica's mom. You should go now and pick up one! Yes, like now,go here.They are super cute and 80% of the proceeds goes directly to the Avon Foundation.

8 comments:

Crooked Eyebrow said...

I just bought my very own apron too!

Sarah said...

It's always terrible to hear of someone so young being effected.
I too am doing the Avon Walk in Chicago this summer in honor of a friend that I lost.
I will keep Erica in my prayers.

Erica said...

Thanks so much for writing about my story! I'm so touched! And... I had no idea you were pregnant! Mary Beth didn't tell me and neither did Danielle. Jerks. Anyway, Good luck with everything and I'll be checking in our blog. :)

designHER Momma said...

ugh, this seriously turns my stomach to hear stories of young women fighting this fight. My Mom has fought breast cancer, my grandma has fought it, as well as 2 of my aunts. stories like this hit too close to home.

But cheers to the power of the blog. I will be following her, rooting her on, and hopefully watching her write her success story.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the plug my lovely sister. People...come on I need to raise $1630!! I need your help! I'm begging...

Mary Beth
xoxo

Casual Friday Everyday said...

It certainly doesn't. I've known a few ladies in their 30's with it. I plan on getting a baseline soon, since BC has hit my family.

I wish your friend well...strength and courage.

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