Cancer Awareness month
October is Cancer Awareness month and all MDF team members will be wearing our new “Pink Power Shirts” (a term coined by one of our valued past customers, Claudia Marks). We are also excited to announce that we will be donating 10% of our profits to the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation for all projects booked in the month of October.
This month we are proud to introduce you to Mrs. Claudia Marks and her mission:
I am a two time breast cancer survivor who lost my mother to breast cancer when she was 50, I was 23, and lost my first cousin to breast cancer when I was in chemo/radiation treatment for my first occurrence at age 42. I have since been diagnosed with the BRCA 1 gene mutation that significantly increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. The gene, passed down through many generations, explains the early onset of breast cancer in my family. One of my two daughters has now been diagnosed with the gene and I worry that she has passed it on to her children. Although not related to breast cancer, I am currently in esophageal cancer remission.
I consider myself a person with a very positive outlook who is hoping to help others with their cancer journey, along with a belief that research is the key to unlocking the doors to new ways to identify, treat, prevent and even cure cancers. I have participated in multiple cancer research studies. Through volunteer participation in such research and so much funding, research is making a difference in the world of so many cancers.
I personally have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago and much to her surprise this Spring learned that it had spread to her bones…stage V. Yesterday, she let me know that her current PET scan showed “no evidence of disease” and that the bones showed healing. She is now my hero and so is research because the treatment that she has been on for the last 6 months was only made possible by those willing to participate in Phase 1 clinical trial research, highly risky trials, to allow subsequent phases to advance and to bring new drugs to market to eradicate this disease. Now she and I can both love the initials, “NED” no evidence of disease. Research is so critical!
The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation (TBBCF) is a local not for profit named for an Old Saybrook mother of 3 who died of breast cancer in her early 40’s. The Foundation has raised and granted over $3.4 M for breast cancer research in the last 10 years to 34 young research scientists who have had some fantastic results. TBBCF’s annual fundraiser, the “Walk Across Southeastern CT” will take place on October 1 and this will be my eighth walk to raise funds for breast cancer research. The Foundation’s promise is that every dollar raised will go to funding breast cancer research. There is progress being made with research into breast cancer every year. With the support of the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation dreams may come true. www.tbbcf.org
“Having lived through three cancers and now feeling great, I approach each day with a renewed sense of appreciation and I love to celebrate every birthday.”