I was absolutely certain that my wife’s mammogram and biopsy last December would amount to nothing more than a false alarm. Nobody gets breast cancer at age 34. They’re just ruling it out.
Wrong. Some people do get breast cancer at age 34; and my wife Ashley is one of them.
So we’ve spent the majority of this year traveling all over, learning about the disease, learning the limits of today’s available treatments, participating in a clinical study for a new drug, and undergoing surgery. We’ve just begun her chemo treatment process, and we’re guessing the over/under on when she’ll go bald.
This is an ugly disease.
We are fortunate and grateful that we have access to great treatment options, that we have an incredible network of prayer support, spiritual support, physical and logistical support, childcare support, and more. We grieve the fact that many women have virtually none of this.
I’m proud that Young America has been a long-term partner with the women of Zeta Tau Alpha as a sponsor of their fundraising efforts for breast cancer education and research. The significance of these has new meaning for my family and me.
To those of you who have supported women afflicted with breast cancer: Thank you! Thank you for showing them kindness, for giving them hugs, for consoling them, for praying for them, for encouraging them, for giving financially to breast cancer research, and for all the other ways you have supported them. For those of you who have not, if you know someone, please go out of your way to support them in some way.
It means the world to them. I know.
- Andy Netzer, General Manager & Managing Broker
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