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Thriver's Spotlight December 2017

Colleen AllenWe are pleased to introduce Colleen Allen from Joliet, IL, who has been an incredible supporter of our work and our message. Colleen was just 28 years old when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer this past July. Just six weeks after her son was born, she felt a lump and visited her OB/GYN, who initially suspected it was a blocked milk duct. Months later, Colleen was diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to her liver and her bones. Although she was devastated at the thought of possibly not being around for her child and her husband, she says she was ready for a fight. 

Instead of focusing on the negatives, Colleen chose to organize an event to help raise funds for breast cancer research. “So much has been done already to combat breast cancer, but even more research is needed,” says Colleen. It was important to her and her husband to raise funds that would be used for research.

Colleen’s “Bowling for Breast Cancer Research” was an incredible success this past October! Between event ticket sales, generous donations from friends and family, a successful raffle, and a 50/50 raffle, the event raised over $5,300 for the Foundation’s research. Thank you, Colleen, for helping to raise much-needed dollars for innovative research, and for sharing your story with our community. To learn more about how you can organize your own Act with Love event, visit our events page here.

Colleen’s advice for newly-diagnosed patients is to remember that you are not a statistic. “Stay away from the internet, especially anything that mentions life expectancy… statistics are so generalized and non-specific to one’s circumstances,” she says. To share your story with us, please visit our Thriver’s Spotlight page here