Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Clea Shearer’s Inspired Story

In 2022, under the age of 40 and with no family history of breast cancer, Clea was proactive after discovering a lump during a self-examination and decided to get screeded for breast cancer. Thanks to her determination and willingness to advocate for her own health, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.

Clea went public with this news in hopes that by transparently sharing her journey, she could help save lives of other women. The Clea Shearer Breast Cancer Research Fund aims to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and accessible screening services for all women and propel research of the disease forward. Since its inception, nearly $250,000 has been raised for breast cancer research.

Research is the key to understanding how breast cancer develops and allows for better diagnostic tools and groundbreaking new therapies.

“I went public with my breast cancer diagnosis in hopes that by transparently sharing my journey, I could help save the lives of other women, too.”

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Pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer for 10 years after birth. Jasmine McDonald, PhD, is identifying the unique tissue features that map to postpartum breast cancer to improve survival outcomes for young adult patients.

Zac Yarbrough: Father, Fighter, Inspiration

Zac Yarbrough is a fighter. He wakes up each morning and chooses to fight and live life to the fullest, despite battling breast cancer for multiple years. He’s a leader, an advocate and an inspiration, and he will never give up.

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V Grantee on the Front Lines of Breast Cancer Research

Multi-time V Foundation grantee Christina Curtis, Ph.D., and her team are using learnings from V Foundation funding in the past to continue advancements in breast cancer research in the future. Having an abundance of knowledge via machine learning and artificial intelligence, they hope to determine the best treatment at the best time for each patient to maximize efficacy and minimize toxicity.

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Stacey Sanders: In Her Own Words

“I am always reading about and looking for any new research findings available to treat Metastatic Breast Cancer. My cancer is not curable, but it is treatable. Research is so much more important to me now that I am one of the lives that wants to be saved.

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