Dana is a five year breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2010 with Stage 1, ER+ at the age of 32. She went through a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy. Young Survival Coalition was the first place she turned to find support. She was surprised and relieved to find others just like her. The organization was the lighthouse on the cancer road Dana had been looking for. Dana has been a YSC State Leader for Illinois for the last three years and one of the things that she has loved the most is helping others who are going down the path she once walked.
Dana is interested in being an advocate because it is one aspect of breast cancer I don’t know as much about. She has been a leader in support groups, she has attended conferences and been an exhibitor for YSC, but she hasn’t had the opportunity yet to learn the science behind breast cancer. She is passionate about advocating and fighting for young women. She has found her purpose in volunteering and her goal is to continue learning and making a difference. Her hope is that one day the cancer path that she walked, along with so many others before and, will eventually be paved over and unrecognizable.