Laura D'Allesandro

Laura D'Allesandro

RISE Advocate

Meet Laura

Laura was becoming a successful photographer and professor at a college outside of New Orleans when she first discovered a lump in her breast and that she was pregnant. She and her husband left everything behind and moved to Cleveland, where her family lives, and for the high quality of health care in Northeast Ohio. While in treatment, Laura realized the differences and difficulties facing young women diagnosed with breast cancer. She started a local YSC F2F network to address the concerns of young survivors, as well as to provide resources and support. The group meets monthly for lectures and information, which she facilitates. The F2F also meets monthly at a social venue, to relax with other young women who “get it.” Laura also researches retreats, financial resources and other opportunities for breast cancer survivors that she sends out in a newsletter. She is a YSC State Leader and still feels the need to do more. Laura is a graduate of NBCC’s Project LEAD and is interested becoming more aware of additional advocacy resources and opportunities. She is very excited and honored to be a part of RISE, and to see where this next path of advocacy will take her.


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