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Bridget Black

Team Name:  Team OpenSlate
Years Participated: First Year

Location:   New York, NY:

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About a year ago, I became an MSK patient for what we eventually found out was breast cancer. The past year of my life has been filled with appointments that didn't go as planned, testing, biopsies, surgeries, medication, shock, and worry. It has been the hardest experience of my life, but I have drawn strength from the fact that I have one of the most well-funded, well-researched cancers. (Also, from my stubbornness. That, too.) Perhaps without so much funding I would have been given chemo, instead of hormonal therapy. Perhaps without so much awareness, the diagnostic tools would have been less sophisticated, and we would have missed the chance to snuff this out early. Over a year into this experience, I still find it barely comprehensible that the words "cancer patient" could ever be used about me. But, thanks to less-invasive treatment options, we can also use these words: dog mom, amateur chef, writer, traveler, runner, wedding guest, reader, skier, and young woman who plans to live another 60 years. The treatment options that preserved all of those parts of my life were produced by research, funded by donations. I am so grateful to have had them.

While I was "lucky" enough to have a more-common cancer, my amazing former(ish) boss' son, Miles, was not. He is 8. He is smart, and funny, and loves Pokemon. He's stubborn, too. And he has a cancer that is so rare, it doesn't even have a name. What difference would it make in his life if there were more treatment options? If we could ensure he never has a recurrence? If we could have caught this before it ever developed? Research could help us find answers. Answers could change his life.

I find it difficult to be open about my experience, but I am too personally involved in this cause NOT to talk about it. Can you donate to fund much-needed cancer research? 100% of your donation goes to research at Memorial Sloan Kettering - an amazing place that saves lives. Like mine. Like Miles'. Please donate what you can.

Thank you for your support.


Some more info about the cause:

50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer
When combined, about half of all patients fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer. These are cancers we know — such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian, brain, pancreatic, and all pediatric cancers — yet research is largely underfunded.

100% Goes to Lifesaving Research Led by MSK
Every dollar you give will advance innovative studies and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Discoveries made by MSK revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated, helping patients across the country and around the world.

6 Months for Fast Impact
Not only does every dollar go to research, your gift will be in the hands of doctors and researchers within six months of the events. As a donor, you will learn about the projects supported and the breakthroughs made.

Thank you for your support!


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