Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 29, with 3 young children, Jen learned firsthand how difficult it can be to navigate through the health care system and how important it is to be your own advocate. Within a month of diagnosis she had found out that her cancer had metastasized and was in her bones, leaving her to have to fight to even receive treatment. After overcoming the grim prognosis, Jen made it a lifelong mission to be an advocate and a voice in the pursuit of finding the causes, prevention, and to truly make a difference in the mission to end breast cancer.
Jen has dedicated her time and efforts to many different organizations including YSC as a State Leader in Illinois for the past 3 years as well as assisting with the F2F groups. She is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) Project LEAD, an intensive course for advocates on the basic science of breast cancer and on advocacy issues. Jen has also been involved with Susan G Komen since diagnosis as a patient advocate, speaking on multiple occasions, and a peer reviewer for the past 2 years. She is very excited to continue to grow as an advocate and be able to have her voice heard through science, research, and policy with the amazing opportunity that YSC is providing.