Lani Luthard, mother, wife, daughter, and strong advocate of breast cancer prevention, died on Thurs., Feb. 5 in San Jose, Calif. She was 51. After she was diagnosed at 40 with breast cancer, Lani was told by Stanford doctors that she only had a couple of years to live. She sought to change her life to … Read more…
“As tired as I was at 13,000, I kept on…When we were within 50 feet of the summit, I saw my daughter charge. I couldn’t keep up, but I knew I would be there shortly, and I was. There we were, mother and daughter, on top of Mt. Shasta.”
This year’s Climb Against the Odds Community Climber, Jen Bray, who is a U.S. Forest Service firefighter, says she’s doing it for her children’s children.
I grew up in the 1940s and 1950s in Niagara Falls, New York, home to inexpensive hydroelectric power and many chemical manufacturing plants. It was a time when the effects of chemical pollutants on our bodies were not well understood.
Focusing on preventing breast cancer was helping me get my life back.
Before she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, Lori Fallace thought that she knew all there was to taking care of her body.
Within a few weeks of my diagnosis, I learned of other young women in my neighborhood that had also been told they had breast cancer during the past year.
“I’ve become sharply aware of what I touch, breathe, and eat,” said Fallace. “There are things we can do that are within our control.”
I see cancer groups working to support cancer patients, which is good, but how about going down a different road of no cancer?
Now, Ann avoids the parade of pink walkers and product promotions. She feels they trumpet a superficial notion of “awareness,” even if some groups do good things with the money raised and promote great solidarity among survivors and families.