I would like to thank the New York Mets, Major League Baseball, The Komen Foundation for the Cure, my supportive family and my sisters at the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation for its support in our fight against breast cancer.
My winning submission
Sara – loving mother, daughter, spouse, and die-hard Met’s fan. At 40, on 6/24/08, she was diagnosed with aggressive triple negative breast cancer. She also discovered that she was positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. After three 2nd opinions, she made the decision to have her breasts and ovaries removed. She had multiple tests, surgeries and treatments. Today, despite discomfort and pain, Sara is considered cancer free and focused on paying-it-forward. Regardless of financial challenges we take time especially around Mother’s Day, to catch a Met’s game as a family. Sara is proud of her heritage as a Met’s fan and identifies with the “underdog,” and of course she loves David Wright and Daniel Murphy! Sara works hard every day raising 3 teens, is a proud member of the Machestic Dragons dragon boat team and works full time. Sara also gives freely of her time to multiple BC charities, including the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.
Separated from her feminine identity (breasts, uterus and ovaries), Sara struggles to find a new normal. Menopausal at 40, reduced energy levels, and significant loss of bone mineral density would give anyone great excuses to give up. Not our Sara. I can say without reservation that Sara would make an excellent honorary bat girl! But be careful –if she’s allowed in the dugout she might start giving Terry Collins advice. In the future Sara hopes to work in hospice or patient navigation. Sara is grateful for the support she received and desires that no one should go through it alone.