New Yorker Gina Maisano was single, living alone and knew no one with breast cancer. So when she got the diagnosis her computer became her lifeline.
Maisano found an online support forum to connect with other women fighting the same battle-but emerged as a leader of the forum where she went by the name "No Surrender."
Breast cancer survivor Andrea Stayberg's "St. Latissimus" is an inspiring song dedicated to all women fighting breast cancer. ASPS Member Surgeon Allen Gabriel, MD, performed her breast reconstruction procedure with the latissimus dorsi flap method, which she now refers to as “St. Latissimus,” due to her abundant satisfaction with the results.
With this song, she went above and beyond to demonstrate her appreciation for knowing her breast reconstruction options and to ultimately raise awareness to ensure all women are informed.
Beth Borden-Goodman's alter ego, "The Premiere Pink Diva," is a joyful, confident conqueror who inspires the same in women facing a fight against breast cancer.
Goodman is the former president of the Atlanta chapter of The Sisters Network, an African American breast cancer support organization.
Danielle Beverly was just three weeks away from giving birth to her first baby when she learned she had breast cancer for the third time.
Beverly, as the wife of a former NFL player, decided to leverage her position to help other women fighting breast cancer by creating The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation.
Overwhelmed with fear and consumed by darkness, Dora Arias fought breast cancer at age 39. It was a battle hard won, but in the fight she developed a passion to help other women with breast cancer.
Fluent in both Spanish and English, Dora launched the non-profit Curémonos, which means healing together.
Imagine being told you have breast cancer not once, not twice, but three times. It happened to Kim Sport, but she decided to fight.
This petite but very tough lawyer from Louisiana resurrected an often overlooked law on the books that can benefit all breast reconstruction patients in the state of Louisiana and founded the charity aptly named Breastoration.
Dee Dee Ricks was earning millions of dollars and "competing with the Joneses" when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38. Her life and priorities changed forever.
"Cancer was a huge wake up call for me," she said. "It's my obligation to go out there and help those who can't help themselves."
Following her immediate reconstruction, Ricks focused her energy toward helping underserved communities in New York and raised nearly $3.1 million while undergoing 22 months of chemotherapy. Her story became an HBO documentary, "The Education of Dee Ricks."