People always ask what drives me in my unrelenting cancer advocacy and why I literally advocate 24/7 and dedicate my life to saving lives. My maternal grandparents died of cancer when they were a few years older than me. I never met them but I certainly would have liked to. Both my parents were diagnosed among five other beloved relatives. My mom, twice with 2 different cancers in 6 months, and my dad was hemorrhaging to death from a rare tumor and I had to advocate immediately to get him to a world expert in order to save his life.
Growing up, I saw the devastation and grief cancer can cause. It took too many members of my family, far too young. Truthfully, it made me feel as if anyone I love could be taken away at any time. It was terrifying. None of us know how much time we have here. So, I want to continue to spend my life in the most meaningful way possible.
For me, the most meaningful thing I can do is continue to spend my time saving lives as I have for the past decade as a devoted cancer advocate saving countless lives. Cancer Is Personal. It took a tremendous amount from my family and friends.
Therefore, I am relentless in my advocacy to get people the best care and support and fund life-saving research. Because I know through my experience of advocating for countless cancer patients, that where you are treated can make the difference between life and death.