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We all face challenges in life. It is how we face them that defines
who we are and how we can make a difference.
The Pink Plate Campaign shows how five California cancer survivors
faced the challenge of beating Cancer and how they are now making a difference.
This is a local initiative which is very important as we face a time when funds for health care are tight.
This great Mother’s Day gift or girlfriend gift even if you don’t live in California . This would be cute in a dressing room or kitchen as meaningful keepsake www.pinkplate.org
The ladies wanted to promote early detection and help more women and families
survive this terrible disease. They have put together specialized license plates
for vehicles across California (right). They need about 7500 pre-orders to get this campaign moving forward!
All funds generated from sales of the California Pink Ribbon License Plate
will be deposited into the Breast Cancer Control Account, which funds the
Every Woman Counts (EWC) program. EWC is administered by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms to California’s underserved women.
The dynamic ladies behind The Pink Plate Campaign all have very
personal and compelling reasons to support early detection and this mission.
I hope you will take time to read their stories, share them, and support this campaign.
At age 39, Chere Rush she discovered a lump in her breast.
She was diagnosed with Stage IV Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
in Situ and given two years to live, max. A wife and a mother of 3 boys,
she says, “If I had gone to the doctor months before, I believe I would not
be in the battle that I am in right now.” In remission, she will always have Stage IV Cancer.
Heather McCullough: Stage IV Breast Cancer survivor, diagnosed
4 years ago at the age of 36. She underwent 18 weeks of chemo and
4 surgeries. She has 4 amazing boys (6-20 years old) and has been
married for 22 years to her high school sweetheart. Her diagnoses
came as a surprise because she has no family history of breast cancer and had an exam just a year prior. She ignored all signs until she felt a lump in her breast
Deborah Bordeau, 55, of the Bay Area city of Brentwood has been a
teacher for more than three decades, including 25 years in the
Oakley Union Elementary School District. In 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her positive and empowered attitude, early detection and supportive network of friends and family, helped her through treatment. In 2013 she was
invited to be an American Cancer Society Hero of Hope and shared
her story in order to help others along the way. The fifth grade teacher
was named Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year in 2012. She is
five years cancer free and calls herself “blessed” to be enjoying all of her
life’s passions, including her family, pets, swimming, traveling, skiing,
good friends and good food.
Carla Kimball, 57, of Los Angeles, was diagnosed with breast Cancer after a yearly
mammogram in 2009. Faced with difficult choices, the mother
of two decided to undergo a double mastectomy.
After 14 hours in surgery, doctors told her they had found malignant tumors
in both of her breasts. She considers herself “one of the lucky ones” for her early diagnosis
and says early detection saved her life. Kimball and her husband have tirelessly
advocated making CA Pink Plates a reality.
Heather Solari, of Oakley CA, learned she had breast cancer just a few months
after losing her mother to the disease. She was 25
Testing showed she had the breast cancer gene and
she elected to have bilateral mastectomies and a complete hysterectomy. Several chemotherapy treatments, and a half dozen surgeries later, the mother of a 9-year-old daughter has been in remission for four years. Her battle helped spur her to pursue her dream job as a San Leandro Public Safety Dispatcher. She hopes to “paint the roads pink and bring awareness” in California through the Pink Plate campaign.
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