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Join us for the Great Pink Run with Glanbia and help research a cure for breast cancer!
October 5, 2019 at Diversey Harbor

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Patient Supporters- Their Stories

 

Lee Cambata

  • Age: 33
  • Date Diagnosed: May 2017
  • Diagnosis: Stage IV metastatic breast cancer

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 called my doctor immediately and she had me schedule a mammogram and ultrasound as quickly as possible. Based on the imagining, the radiologist believed that it was breast cancer. A biopsy a few days later confirmed that I had Stage II triple-negative breast cancer. Over the next eight months, I went through IVF for fertility preservation, four cycles of A/C chemotherapy and four cycles of Taxol chemotherapy, a lumpectomy with immediate reconstruction and reduction on the other side, and 23 rounds of radiation. As of January 29, 2018, I was in remission.

In time for my first mammogram and ultrasound, I started to have soreness and tightness in my chest. All of my doctors said that is was scar tissue from my surgeries. During my ultrasound, one of my lymph nodes was enlarged. Immediately, my breast surgeon ordered a biopsy. It confirmed that my cancer had returned. I was rushed into a PET scan two days later and on September 14, 2018, it confirmed that my cancer had spread to lymph nodes in my left armpit, left neck, in my left breast tissue and into my left pectoral muscle. I now had Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. My team referred me to the University of Chicago and I was put on an immunotherapy trial that has shrunk many of my masses and now I am stable.

Being a part of this race, that fundraises for the research of metastatic breast cancer, made total sense to me. This research is giving me more time with my family. And gives me hope that there will be a cure in the near future. As an ambassador, I want others to know they are not alone in these diagnoses and treatments. We help each other through the bright and the dark times no matter what.

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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