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Staci Franklin is a 7-year breast cancer survivor. She was 38-years-old when she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer on May 15, 2009. Her life was forever changed that day and it's never been the same.

“Breaking the news to my family, particularly my mother was the hardest part of getting the diagnosis,” said Staci. “My grandmother died of breast cancer when I was six-years-old and I remembered how sick she was and how hard it was on my mother and her family when she passed away.”

“As scared as I was, one of my primary concerns was to ease the fears of my family and have them understand how far medical treatments had come over the last 30 years and that the possibilities for a positive outcome were in my favor.”

Once everyone was over the initial shock, her family and friends pledged their support for whatever she needed in the coming months. On May 20, 2009, she underwent surgery to remove the mass and lymph nodes. Several weeks later she met with her oncologist to review the course of treatment which was to have four months of chemotherapy followed by six weeks of daily radiation therapy. Staci completed all of her treatments on December 21, 2009 and has had no further complications.

“The biggest take away for me in all of this is that tomorrow is not promised,” said Staci. “I know that I am blessed for the outcome that I have had and now I feel it’s my calling to bring even more awareness to breast cancer and to the issues and needs of patients and survivors. This event allows people to come together to have a good time with the sole purpose of supporting those who are in need.”


















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