The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 26, 2012

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Celebrates Survivors!


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 — Charlotte, NC -- The American Cancer Society’s Making

Strides Against Breast Cancer continually strives to find a cure for

Breast Cancer.  They also offer programs that give women going through

breast cancer treatment the power and support it takes for their bodies

to heal.



Meet Danielle Murray, a wife, mother, and a breast cancer survivor.

The day before her 31^st birthday, March 24, 2009, Danielle was

diagnosed with a high risk and aggressive form of breast cancer

(borderline stage 3, HER2+, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) Because of

Danielle’s age and lack of apparent risk factors, the cancer went

misdiagnosed for almost a year, resulting in her cancer being very

aggressive by the time it was finally diagnosed.



March 10, 2009, Danielle was watching Dr. Oz discuss medical mistakes.

  He mentioned a case where they switched two women’s mammogram scans –

one had breast cancer and the other did not.    This story was her

wake-up call to insist on a mammogram.  March 17, 2009, she had a

mammogram, which was followed by dozens of needle biopsies.  After many

more scans and tests, it was confirmed that she had four large tumors

growing within her, two in her breast and two in her lymph nodes.



Due to the just-in-time diagnosis and the aggressive treatments she

endured, Danielle is now 3 years out and in remission.  Her body

responded well to the chemotherapy and her chances of “disease free

survival” jumped from 40% to 90%.  She is a survivor!  She has found her

place of joy out of her experience.  She and her Husband, Dan; have

adopted a baby boy, they have named Aidan.  She looks back at the dark

times through her diagnosis and treatment and states “It all led me to

where I am today, “Aidan’s Mom”, it was all meant to be.”, DanielleMurray



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Dan, Danielle, Aidan (photo courtesy of Danielle Murray)



Not every story is the same, nor does it have the same outcome, but

together with American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast

Cancer, we can continue the efforts to hear more stories like Danielle’s.



Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Charlotte would like to honor

breast cancer survivors on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, with our Breast

Cancer Survivor Reception.  The Survivor Reception will be held at the

Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center from 6-8pm. Breast Cancer survivors

interested in attending should RSVP to Jonathan Breton

(jonathan.breton@cancer.org) by October 5.



The journey to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Take that

step with us at your local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in

Charlotte. Just a few hours of your time will help bring a lifetime of

change for people facing breast cancer and their families.   To get

involved, please visit

http://www.stridescharlotte.org www.StridesCharlotte.org

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