Dear Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation, Hello! My name is Jammie Bridges and I am a 27-year old female who is a survivor of breast cancer. My journey of survivorship comes as a surprise. I was like a deer in headlights when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am a flight attendant currently on Medical Leave from Delta Airlines. I was flying all over the world and loving it. I had been to Japan, Hawaii, Germany, Kuwait and many other beautiful places. I exercised, ate as well as any flight attendant would, and was never one to smoke or drink. I am a native of Milwaukee, WI but at the time resided in Romulus, MI due to my employment. My breasts started leaking a clear substance in November 2009. I was under some stress at the time so I thought that was my body’s way of de-stressing despite my mother telling me to go and get a mammogram. I figured I was too young to have a mammogram and also there was no family history of any kind of cancer, so I thought. Well, I finally went to my primary care physician in Milwaukee in January 2010 and he ran some blood tests which all came back negative. After running all sorts of tests he finally sent me to have an ultrasound of my breast along with a mammogram. I was terrified. I was only 26yrs. old and had not a clue about mammograms or ultrasounds. I thought my first ultrasound would be when I have my first child not me being diagnosed with breast cancer. I then proceeded to have two breast biopsies which confirmed that I had breast cancer. So of course I went to have a second opinion which confirmed that not only did I have stage 3 breast cancer (Ductal Carcinoma) but, it had spread to my lymph nodes within a couple of months. I had a right breast mastectomy with removal of my right underarm lymph nodes in April of 2010. I continued on to have chemotherapy in June of 2010 and finished in September 2010. Then, in November of 2010 I started radiation therapy for six weeks and finished just days before Christmas. I am currently receiving Herceptin every three weeks because my receptors were positive which doctors say is a good thing. I still have reconstruction to go through in upcoming spring 2011 and I am blessed everyday to be living each day! I wanted to personally thank The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation because you were a very significant part of my survival. I thank God for placing The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation in my life because you guys were the light at the end of the tunnel and I pray consistently for this foundation and its partners. Thank you a million times over!!!!!!!! You Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Name: Bobbi Adams
Words can not express how greatful I am for the Kristy Lasch Foundation. I was 27 years old and diagnosed with Metstatic Breast Cancer, It hit me like a tone of bricks. I am currently still under going Chemotherapy and getting ready for my double mastectomy her soon. Bills have been piling up from diffrent hospitals and doctor visits and I was completley stressed to the max!! I heard about the Christy Lasch Foundation and filled out an application for some assitance, and being such amazing people they have began to help me alot and it means the world to me!! I hope one day to become a Breast Cancer survivor and tell my story to young girls like me that have to face this challenge cause we all know its not easy but its definatley a life lesson!!! I currently have reached my half way mark with Chemotherapy and recently had some scans done and everyting is looking great and I am ecstatic that my body is accepting theses drugs and fighting the cancer, It helps to have positive people around me like I do everyday. Thanks again Kristy Lasch Foundation words cannot express how much you guys mean to me!!!
Hello, my name is Daniela and I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 at 29 almost to my 30th birthday, very devastating. I went through a series of scans, tests, chemotherapy, and radiation. I looked every where for assistance for all the medical bills that piled up from all the tests and therapy that I received while battling with cancer, and found nothing. Im very very grateful to Kristy Lasch parents, When I found the website I read their daughter's story and was very heart felt, Kristy was a strong woman with courage that fought until the end, she inspired me to also be strong and never give up. When I sent in my application I was hopeful that I would get assistance, and when I did I was so excited, I will be able to pay off some of my bills that piled up as I was getting treatment. I will forever be grateful! Thank you never ending Thank you to Kristy's Parents. The Kristy Lasch Foundation is the best thing that ever happened to me. Bless your souls, Thank you for your help very very grateful and happy.
At the age of 28 I never imagined I would hear the words "You have breast cancer"; but I did. I was diagnosed at the end of June 2012. When meeting with a social worker about resources, she mentioned the Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation. I visited the website and I too was inspired like so many by Kristy's story and the positive way her family remembers her. It's sometimes difficult to understand why God does what he does and takes the people he takes. Everybody needs an angel from time to time; Kristy must get tired at the end of the day because she touches so many lives. :) I am continuing to fight; I am nearing the end of chemo treatments and then on to radiation. When people tell me they are sorry to hear about my diagnosis I tell them "instead of saying sorry just promise me you will go to the doctor if you notice something different about your body." The generosity of the Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation financial assistance is greatly appreciated! Cancer is a mean bully! This bully is getting beat down by so many but no one is going to get in trouble for doing so! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do and God Bless!
Location: New Orleans
Hi I'm 33 years old married with 3 kids and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer February 12 . Today I woke up feeling rather low. While doing research I saw this website, I read Kristy's Story and I'm completely blessed to have come across this page. She is very inspiring! I realize that I can't feel sorry for myself and it's time to fight and continue trusting God . I wish she could have won the battle but God knows best. Thank you to her family for sharing. Bless her Beautiful Soul
Name: Renee L. McGahee
Location: Little Rock
So selfish of me to think that being diagnosed at 29 was so, so young. I just found this site and it's been a true blessing already and I'm not 15% into the website yet. Kristy and I share similarities. I graduated college a year early myself. I love her drive, her strength, her courage, etc. A true fighter. I'm going to definitely fight for my 7 year old and Kristy makes the fight all more worth it. Thank you Kristy! I have a way to go. I'm just getting started. It you're my motivation.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 29. I immediately racked up almost $4,000 in bills - and that was just to DIAGNOSE ME! I went to the local CRC, I went to the American Cancer Society, I called anyone with a pink ribbon on their website looking for assistance – and found nothing. My friends and family listened to me cry my eyes out and tried to come up with ways to help me cover the cost of my care. I was underinsured and had very little money in savings. One night as I was desperately chatting online with women in the YSC forum (Young Survivors’ Coalition) – I heard about the Kristy Lasch Foundation. So many young women were telling me that they looked everywhere for financial help, and it’s just not out there. All of those dollars we raise walking go straight to research – but not to women battling cancer (excuse me a moment while I climb down off of my soapbox). Sooo - I sent in an application for support, not really believing that anything would come of it… and five days later I got a phone call from Lynn – Kristy’s mom. We talked for a long time. She told me about her daughter, and her story brought tears to my eyes. She told me that they don’t bring in a lot of money each year, but that she and her husband were going to try to help me. She asked me for a copy of my bills along with a copy of my license and my pathology report A week later I received a check from Lynn. I couldn’t believe it. They don’t turn anyone down – ever. I still can't believe it. I don't know what I would have done without these wonderful people. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a daughter – but I am so grateful that Kristy’s parents have turned their grief into a force.
Name: Callie Richey
Location: Helena Mt
Just want to say the Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation is nothing short of a miracle for young woman. Kristy’s parents have been wonderful to me. All the kind words and encouragement was just what I needed going through a time like this. They are wonderful people and making a difference in young women’s lives all over the world. Thank you again for everything you have done for me. It feels good to feel good finally!
Name: Heather McDaniel
Location: Salem, OR
The financial burden of receiving a cancer diagnosis is not the first thing you think of when you hear those terrible words “you have cancer”. Those financial burdens and the reality of breast cancer are magnified by a diagnosis in your 20’s. I was diagnosed stage 2B, HER2+ in late 2010. My husband and I have mostly ignored the compounding medical bills since my diagnosis. Payments for MRI scans, multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation have taken close to 300.00 a month out of our already slim budget paying just minimum payments to each office. Your foundation has truly performed a miracle for my husband and I. When I opened your generous gift and letter I lost my breath and my husband and I held each other in tears. Kristy’s legacy lives on through the many women she has helped – I know my battle has been made one step easier thanks to her vision. There just aren’t words for how grateful we are for your support. All of our love – Heather & Shane McDaniel
Name: Melissa Traylor
Just wanted to let you know I recieved the check this week and I am so greatful you were able to help me! I'm 25 and was diagnosed with Stage 2a breast cancer on July 21st and have 3 Chemo treatments left. I've had a pile of bills waiting to be paid and when I found this site I was hopeful that I'd get some assistance. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I cannot say it enough. I will be able to pay multiple outstanding bills and save some of the money for my surgery which will take place sometime in January. It's good to know there is an organization out there that can help women like me. You guys are awesome and I am going to tell everyone I know to consider donating to you! Thanks again!
I just wanted to drop in, say Hello, read the latest updates and also to give my deepest thanks! I am 28 years old and was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Inflammatory Breast Cancer this past June. I have undergone numerous chemotherapy treatments and just last week found out that my tumor ( 6 cm x 5 cm) had not shrunk at all thus; my doctors decided to stop chemo at this time and begin radiation. i have had 2 treatments (every Monday-Friday) and have 26 more to go. Right around Christmas this year I will have a double mastectomy followed by more chemo and eventually reconstructive surgery. These are very difficult and trying times and I want to Thank You with all of my heart for your kindness and generosity to help me. I wish the best of health to everyone and I will continue my fight for me, for you, and for anyone else who needs it. Thank You!
Name: Mary Beth Kwiecinski
Kristy was like a sister to me growing up....I often think back to the good ole days of catholic uniforms, basketball, puberty (oh brother :) ), Serra, etc and laugh. Oh, I miss her dearly. I love looking at ALL of her pictures on here. I didn't really know the "Florida Kris" but I feel like I am getting to know her from her pictures. I guess we all get to remember her how she was in different points in time. and keep her spirit alive! Miss ya! "MB"
I just wanted to send a note to let you both know that I received the check in the mail last week. I cannot express in words how appreciative I am. This will help so much with my oncologist bill, especially since I am not back to work yet. I have surgery for my final stage of my reconstruction process on 7/20. I hope to return to work soon after that. I am so unbelievably grateful! You are like true ANGELS! I would love to keep in touch with the both of you. Take care:) Xoxo
Location: Monroeville, OH
I dont know if you knew this our not but I got married almost a year ago. Oct 9th. I am now expecting my first child! I was not sure that I could even get pregrant but here I am 17 weeks and everything is great! My second round of surgeries went great and I could not be happier! Thank you so much for all you did. If it wasnt for you guys I would not be as happy as I am now!!!! There are no words to describe what you did for me and my self-esteem. Please keep in touch and let me know if there is anything I can do to ever help you! Love you, Melissa
Location: Navarre, FL
Thank you for the financial support and kind words. I recently celebrated my 29th birthday, and was diagnosed with Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer earlier this year. It has been a hard road – but thanks to organizations like yours I have been able to keep my head above water. Thank you for all you do!
Location: Browns Mills, NJ
I just wanted to THANK the Kristy Lasch foundation for donating money to help me pay my medical bills. I am a single, 26yr old with breast cancer & I am currently on short term disability. Working during treatment has been hard for me, which has made it stressful to make ends meet financially. Your foundation has significantly helped ease those worries for me. I am now able to pay my hospital bills for my Mastectomy and copays for my chemotherapy sessions. Thank You very much!