Two sisters continue to fight for TNBC.
I have the wonderful opportunity to put the spotlight on a organization that has made my heart warm with thanks. As most of you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Jan 2015 and the following month it was confirmed and classified as Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer (an aggressive sub-type that currently has no FDA approved treatment plan outside of chemotherapy and radiation.) So, while I could sit back be consumed with thoughts of what would happen to me if my cancer were to reoccur, I would rather focus my time on living, advocating, educating, raising awareness and having a good time. This organization that I'm about to share with you, encompasses all of the above and is inspired by a true story of love and hope. Two sisters, on a mission, in the hopes that one day, a cure will be found for this deadly disease.
Carol's Crusade For A Cure was co- founded by sisters Dana and Lexi Klebenow in honor of their beautiful mother Carol, who was diagnosed, fought and succumbed to TNBC in 2013. Carol's story is special because she inspired and encouraged her daughter's advocacy, and watched as they put their heart and soul into raising money for research (TNBC is a tricky, puzzlingly & extremely aggressive type of breast cancer) and awareness thru their annual super fundraising event Mani-for-a-Cure.
Fast forward to 2016 and Dana and Lexi have started a new initiative to provide holistic relief to patients and survivors of TNBC. Carol's Crusade for a Cure Foundation is providing free yoga classes in the home! That's right, if you've been diagnosed with TNBC, and live in one of NYC's five boroughs (shout out to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The "Boogie Down" Bronx) this gift is very special and just for you. Applications are currently being accepted to receive at home yoga and meditation classes.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Dana, who informed me that the yoga program is just starting up and she is really excited about providing the service in the homes of those effected by TNBC, who may not otherwise be able to participate in such a viable resource. Some of us who've gone thru treatment would agree that Yoga and meditation can improve emotional/social support, which is key to managing and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. Dana indicated that the frequency/amount of yoga sessions would be determined on an individual case by case basis.
For more information on applying for the Carol's Crusade for a Cure Foundation's yoga in the home initiative for NYC resident's diagnosed with TNBC, click on the link below.