Founder + Survivor

I founded HopeWorks to make a difference.

In 2000, I was 34 years old and 6 months into a new marriage.  One evening, I discovered a lump in my breast.  Doctors initially thought the lump was benign, but it wasn't.  I was never considered "high risk," yet I had breast cancer.  I was too young, wasn't I?  Outstanding resources, doctors, and friends supported me through those difficult months.

I very much appreciate my family and friends who continue to support and make a difference.  Thanks to Paul Kenney, my brother-in-law, whose golf tournament suggestion sparked a new purpose for me.

The statistics for breast cancer are sobering.

  • An estimated 40,061 women and 460 men will die from breast cancer this year. It is the leading cause of death for women 35-55 years of age.
  • 12.5% (1 in 8) of all women will get breast cancer.
  • 3% (1 in 33) of women will die from breast cancer.
  • 96% of women who find breast cancer through early detection and receive treatment, will be cancer-free after 5 years 

There is hope. I invite you to participate. Together, we make the difference
— Meredith England