Sunday, July 1, 2012

Alexa Smart

photo_33My name is Alexa Smart and I will be walking in the Santa Barbara Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in September 2012. I have been motivated to do this walk for various reasons and I want to share them with you.

Breast cancer has been in my inner circle for as long as I can remember. My mom’s best friend was first diagnosed with breast cancer in October 1997 she had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Then in October 1998 she was diagnosed again with breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments again. She is cancer free today.

In August 2011 I was informed that my Aunt had stage 2 breast cancer. She had the following treatments; a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. The wound from the lumpectomy became infected, due to the chemotherapy and radiation and the infection is not set to be fully gone until 2013. In addition, a dear friend of the family was diagnosed last year as well with stage 2 breast cancer. She opted for a mastectomy.

The events with my aunt and family friend, I began feeling helpless. I couldn’t do anything! I would buy things that promised to donate to breast cancer research. Even my debit card supports breast cancer research. Then one day I met a wonderful woman we began to chat and she told me that her 31 year old daughter, you guessed it, was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She told me about the Avon walk. I went from feeling helpless to helpful in a matter if seconds. I joined soon after. Upon signing up, I learned the donations received will help to fund early detection, new treatment options, research, and hopefully a cure.

I am walking for those men and women who are fighting the disease, those who haven’t yet been diagnosed, those who have survived, and those who have lost the fight.    I sincerely thank Girlfriends Films for your generous contabution.    Your donation will have an impact in the fight for the cure
Alexa Smart is assistant to Greg Piccionelli, attorney for Girlfriends Films
If you would like to donate please visit the link below