At age 17, La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson came home from school one day to find her entire extended family gathered at her house. That’s strange, she thought. She knew that her mom had been sick, but she didn’t know it was cancer. Her mother died later that night.
“I had a mother who put a lot into me,” La Rhonda said. “Even though losing my mom was one of the worst things that has ever happened in my life it didn’t break me into little pieces.”
Years later, in 2006, La Rhonda discovered the Breast Cancer Fund through her friend Traci McKnight. Traci was diagnosed with cancer at age 23. She was the type of person who investigates—and she found the Breast Cancer Fund when searching for information about environmental causes of the disease. Traci got so excited about the organization that she brought La Rhonda and other friends to the Breast Cancer Fund’s signature event, Peak Hike for Prevention.
Traci died in 2009. “Among my greatest honors in this life was that I got to love her and be loved by her,” La Rhonda said.
La Rhonda honors Traci, her mother and others who have been affected by this disease by supporting the Breast Cancer Fund each year.
“Losing my mom to breast cancer was one of the worst things that has happened to me. I support the Breast Cancer Fund because of the work they do to prevent others from losing their moms, sisters, best friends or wives. Together, we can stop this disease.”
There are way too many young, healthy women receiving a breast cancer diagnosis today. We know that most people diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease, and that exposures to toxic chemicals in our air, water and everyday products play an important role in increasing risk. Reduce these exposure and we reduce risk—that’s the Breast Cancer Fund’s goal.
With your support, the breast cancer prevention movement will grow in 2016.
Your gift will help the Breast Cancer Fund:
- Continue our efforts to lessen our economy’s dependence on chemicals suspected to cause cancer.
- Educate health care providers about breast cancer and the environment.
- Work with cosmetics manufacturers and retailers to develop safer products and purchasing policies.
- Investigate safer alternatives to dangerous chemicals in food packaging.