12 years ago, at the age of 42, Alexis Schroeder’s mother, Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer. Pillars of strength, courage and bravery, she earned her survivor title by successfully completing her breast cancer treatments on her lunch breaks. She doesn’t know it, but that was the first life lesson she taught Alexis and her brother, Paul – NEVER QUIT.
1 year later Alexis’ father, Brad was stricken by prostate cancer. He underwent months of painful treatments. The family travelled to Europe in search of alternative medicine and a miracle. Unfortunately, his body did not respond. On Saturday, February 17, 2007, Brad passed away from the disease. Diane taught her children their second life lesson – FIND STRENGTH IN EVERY SITUATION.
Diane has since remarried to her wonderful husband, Jerry. Having spent several years traveling and enjoying each other, Diane & Jerry received unfortunate news in August 2016. Diane’s breast cancer had returned. Having no time to ask, why, she dusted off her armour and readied herself to continue the fight against breast cancer.
The war against cancer hasn’t ended in their family or in the world… just yet. The battles are difficult and we can’t always do it alone. Alexis & her family have found comfort in those around them and are so grateful to have an incredible support system. Life lesson number three – FIND SOLACE IN THOSE AROUND YOU.
The Better Together fundraiser is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer, bringing support to breast cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones and raising vital funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s programs that provide women help for today and hope for tomorrow.
Alexis said: “A simple smile or hug can sometimes be just enough support to let your Mom, sister, family member or friend know that they CAN do this. But, we can’t do it alone.”
With your support in finding a cure, we’re getting closer. But, it is totally dependent on your donations.
Janelle Hail, Co-Founder & CEO of National Breast Cancer Foundation, said: “With the funds you raise, you will make it possible to further our mission of Helping Women Now by providing breast diagnostic services, patient navigation, and educational resources to underserved women throughout the country.”
Thank you for all of your generous donations and loving support.