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When Karen was diagnosed in 2000, her first feelings were shock and disbelief. She had a young family and life was going so well. Why was this happening now?
After the initial shock came the fear. Karen wasn't scared about the treatments she would face. She was afraid of what she might miss out on.
"Would I still be here to see Louis start school? Would I still be here to see them finish school? Would I still be here to see them start uni? Would I still be here to see them get married?"
You can imagine the heartbreak and terror you would feel at the prospect of missing out on all those precious moments.
But Karen wasn't going to let those fears overwhelm her. She used those negatives to fuel her determination.
"It made me fight. You're not taking this from me."
Karen worked in medicine, so when she was diagnosed with an aggressive, hormone-negative tumor she knew that she was facing an uphill battle. She's certain that if it hadn't been for previous advances in breast cancer research, she wouldn't still be with her family today.
"If research hadn't been done the decade before, I wouldn't have got the treatment I needed then. And I wouldn't have survived."
Just as previous research saved Karen's life, the research that you are funding today is going to save more lives in the future.
Karen and her family would like to thank you for supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You and your fellow Pink Ribbon Partners are ensuring that breast cancer research continues to advance. It's because of you that new and improved methods of detection and treatment are being developed.
Every step forward in breast cancer research has a very real human impact. Not just for those who are diagnosed, but also for their families and loved ones who all feel the impact as well. Every dollar you donate helps families like Karen's.
"It's one less family that are going to suffer."
Previous advancements in research saved Karen's life and gave her so many more precious moments with her family. The research you're funding today will create more happy memories in the future.