In 2009, at the age of 32, Decca was diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer. As a young cancer patient living in a medium sized city in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, Decca felt isolated. Decca’s one-year old son, husband, family, and friends were great supports but every cancer patient she encountered was much older. She therefore made it her mission to connect and advocate for young survivors. Decca became involved in numerous organizations including the Reach to Recovery program with the American Cancer Society, the local Susan G. Komen affiliate and YSC. Since then Decca has started a Face 2 Face YSC Network in her town, has become the President Elect on the board of her local Komen Affiliate, has attended numerous Komen and YSC conferences, and has been accepted into the Komen Advocates in Science program. In her everyday life, Decca is a child counselor and owner of Blue Ridge Parenting and Connected Child Consulting. She lives in an apple orchard in the mountains and loves spending time traveling, enjoying the outdoors, exercising, playing with her son, going on dates with her husband, and hanging out with family.