Dana is a nine 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 RISE Advocate since 2016 and a YSC State Leader for Illinois for since 2013. One of the things that she has loved the most is helping others who are going down the path she once walked.
Dana is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) Project LEAD, participant in the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium’s Patient Advocacy program, graduate of NBCC’s Advocate Leadership Program and Lobby Day on Capitol Hill, and served on the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program as a patient advocate. 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.