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