We believe that small and simple things can make a BIG difference. Mountains can be moved!
One mile. One dollar. One million people. One million dollars.
Our dream is to raise a million dollars for metastatic breast cancer research. We aim to do this by encouraging anyone and everyone to donate ONE DOLLAR. Walk, run, bike, swim, or crawl a mile and donate one dollar. Each dollar counts. Every mile counts. Especially during the week of October 10-17, 2020. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and October 13th is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness day. Anyone can donate at any time! 100% of the funds raised to go directly to cutting edge research at Huntsman Cancer Institute.
MBC can strike anyone. If you know anyone who has died of breast cancer most likely it was from Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Rebecca has always lived a fit and active lifestyle and has never smoked, done drugs, or drunk alcohol. She has run several marathons(including Boston) and would not have been considered at risk for breast cancer. There is no family history of breast cancer in her family. But in 2011 she was initially diagnosed with Stage 1B ductal carcinoma and told she had almost no chance of the cancer returning after mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and nearly 5 years of hormone therapy.
However, in late 2017 Rebecca was training for another marathon but kept having pain in her hips. She thought it was a running injury but after months of physical therapy her symptoms continued to worsen so she went to an orthopedic doctor who took an x-ray that showed cancerous legions in her hip bones. Further imaging showed cancer throughout her hips, ribs, spine, lymph nodes, and in a lung. She was shocked to realize there was no cure. This is something that doctors had never discussed.
Multiple surgeries, lots of radiation, hormone therapies, and oral chemotherapy have been used to try and push back the metastatic cancer. She is currently on a chemotherapy drug that has been used since the 1950's. We need to find newer treatments!
Rebecca is determined to enjoy the rest of her life by spending quality time with her family. There are a lot of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding days left in this girl!
A Million for Metastatic is Rebecca's way to fight back. Her dream is to fund the critical research that is the only way to stop this deadly disease. Each dollar counts! Research may not extend her life but it will help future generations to live longer.