Chicago you were awesome!

Thank you so much to the 1,000 men women and children that supported the inaugural Great Pink Run Chicago raising in excess of $110,000 to support the collaborative research efforts at the University of Chicago Ludwig Breast Center exploring metastatic disease.

Patient Supporters- Their Stories



I was struck by a cyclist in October 2017. I was walking and he struck me from behind and I was thrown forward onto the concrete sidewalk. The main impact was on my left breast. When I felt a lump in my breast in early April 2018, I thought it might be scar tissue from the bike accident. I ignored it for a week and then decided I had to find out what it was.


At the lovely young age of 28, with no significant family history, and only six months after I’d married the love of my life, I found a lump in my right breast while in the shower. At first, I brushed it off – women in my family have historically had dense breast tissue. But the medical nerd in me knew that I needed to get it checked out.


While on vacation last July (2018), I felt some hard breast tissue while adjusting my breasts into a swim suit. It didn’t feel like the traditional ‘lump’ everyone tells you about, and I thought it might have been connected to my cycle, so I let it be and enjoyed the rest of my vacation. But when the tissue didn’t change, I made an appointment with my Primary Care Physician. About a month after discovering the tissue, I was diagnosed with DCIS, T2 N1 M0, Grade 3, Triple Positive Breast Cancer.


I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in January of 2016. My annual mammogram which I pushed off by 6 months was in December of 2015. The mammogram showed something that the doctors wanted a closer look at so I had an ultrasound and then a breast biopsy. Just after the New Year in 2016, I got a call from my doctor telling me I had breast cancer.

Alicia Cook

Alicia Cook of Chicago, Illinois was just 34 years old in 2003 when she was first diagnosed with stage II triple-negative breast cancer. The same year, an older sister was also diagnosed, and a second sister would later be diagnosed and lose her battle to the disease. All women carry the BRCA gene, which put them at a higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer. This is her story:

Lee Cambata

I am 33 years old and live with my husband and 3-year-old son in Highland Park, IL. I run a body-positive health and fitness coaching business and love cooking tons of yummy, healthy food. I also enjoy travelling the world, working out at home and in a Bar Method studio.
Right after Mother’s Day 2017, I found a lump in my left breast…


I was diagnosed in June 2018 with Stage 2b ER+/PR-/HER2- IDC at age 32, about six months after moving to the Chicago-area. I found the lump myself, by accident. I had not been doing monthly self-exams, but did have a yearly exam six months prior and my doctor didn’t feel anything.
By June 2018, my tumor was 3 cm and I had one positive lymph node…


In 2013 I noticed my left breast was swollen. It was much larger than the right side and was uncomfortable. I went to my doctor and he referred me to a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer. I went to my appointment and the doctor came in to see me.In a matter of fact tone he asked me, “why did your doctor send you to me?”. I explained to the doctor about my swollen breast tissue…

Run for them!

With 1 in 8 women developing the disease in their lifetime, everybody knows someone that has been affected, whether a family relative, friend, or member within the community – making it all the more important to continue investing in research to help transform breast cancer from often being a fatal disease to a long term treatable illness.

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