I was diagnosed in 1993 at the age of 52. I have been cancer free since then.
Professional Background and Education
I am a retired Reading Specialist in Montgomery County Public Schools and a tutor for students in public and private schools in the area. I received my BA from Boston University in education and my Masters from American University in Reading and Special Education.
Additional Community Affiliations and Memberships
I founded Kesher Neshim, a cancer support group for my Synagogue. I attend Lobby Day for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, have been an Advocate for Doctors Speak Out and Partners in Research at Georgetown. I participated in the AVON Breast Cancer 3 day walk twice.
Why I Became an Advocate
My mother died of breast cancer at the age of 52 when I was 16. I became involved in studies and genetic testing. I was interested in learning as much as I could about the disease. I wanted to share my experiences and “give back” for all the great help and support received.
Specialized Advocacy Training and Advocacy Interests
I attended AACR in Philadelphia in 2015, attended mini med school, and helped present the GBCA poster. I am interested in prevention, nutrition, exercise, and nutrition as it relates to cancer and mentoring others. I am an original member of GBCA.
American Association for Cancer Research, 2015 Annual Meeting – The Role of Patient Advocates in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2015 – Patient Advocates as Partners in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
American Association for Cancer Research, 2016 Annual Meeting – Energizing and Educating to Bridge the Scientist-Patient Advocate Gap (poster)