Erin was diagnosed in 2010 at age 27 with invasive ER/PR+, Her2- ductal carcinoma breast cancer and received neoadjuvant chemotherapy, a unilateral mastectomy and reconstruction, and Tamoxifen. Shortly after her diagnosis, she made a pledge to myself that she would not let cancer take anything away from her, but she would take everything she possibly could from the cancer experience. Since then, she’s worked to keep that pledge by becoming an active member of the Washington, DC cancer community. Her ultimate goal is to advocate for and provide support to young adults diagnosed with cancer so that they can access resources sooner and do not feel alone. Erin works in Development and as a trained Integrative Patient Navigator at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a DC based cancer support organization. She helped to establish the DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is passionate about helping to grow this support network. Erin serves as the Survivorship and Palliative Care Action Team Co-Chair of DC Cancer Action Partnership’s leadership team.
Erin is a YSC State Leader and the co-coordinator of YSC’s DC Metro monthly Face-to-Face Support group. In July 2013, she graduated from the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD and have served as a Consumer Grant Reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. Erin is pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the Catholic University of America and hopes to grow her career in oncology support and counseling. She is a native Virginian and resides with her incredible husband Ben in Alexandria, VA.