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What if we could provide a targeted, non-invasive treatment for breast cancer?

Sounds incredible, right?

I’m participating in the Race To Beat Women’s Cancers 5K, which supports women’s cancer research and patient care at Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation, to help support research to find better treatments and reach a day when cures are possible.

Please consider making a donation to join this effort to fund research.

It is estimated that more than 927,000 women will be diagnosed with cancer in 2021. More than 281,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. These numbers are staggering.

Add to these numbers are the women who are going through treatment or have ended treatment and are still dealing with the effects or surgeries related to having been diagnosed with cancer.

Researchers in Pittsburgh are making tremendous strides in the detection, treatment and prevention of women’s cancers — including breakthrough therapies for breast, ovarian and cervical cancers that are in large-scale clinical trials right now.


Research is changing the way breast cancer is treated.


And, with your support, the research at the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation can go further.

By focusing on women’s health, the health of all people here in Pittsburgh and around the world can be improved.

What are Magee scientists doing right now?

  • Uncovering new prevention and treatment approaches in more than 20 clinical trials.
  • Working to solve for treatment resistance in the most common form of breast cancer.
  • Examining the vulnerabilities in triple negative breast cancer to find a more effective cure for this aggressive disease.

For more than two decades, Magee-Womens has dedicated clinical research studies and clinical trials to improving the health care of people everywhere — with research done right here in Pittsburgh.


One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.


Magee-Womens Research Institute collaborates with the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center to help reduce the incidence of and death from women’s cancers by supporting research aimed at translating novel discoveries into improved patient care.

This great work can continue to impact lives here in Western Pennsylvania and around the world — with your support.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for supporting the important research and patient care at Magee-Womens.

Food trucks, cancer, 20 years, skipping Sheetz … oh my!

This year marks the 20th year since my grandma died. In fact, it was this past Sunday. A lot has happened in that time, but my devotion to giving another grandma more time with her grandson — time that I didn’t have with my own — continues. And, of course, many other people.

And, in the 20 years since her death, many other friends and loved ones have been diagnosed with cancer, and some have died.

Your support helps to fund research (some of which is happening in Pittsburgh — I talked with two American Cancer Society funded researchers in June who did their work at the University of Pittsburgh) and programs offered to cancer patients and families.

mission_06So, how can you help?

You can make donation of $20 (or whatever you’d like to/are able to give) to fund American Cancer Society cancer research and programs. And I can talk your ear off about the invaluable programs and research.

Relay For Life is my chance to celebrate loved ones who have won and are winning their battle against cancer, remember those no longer with us and fight back against this disease that robs so many of so much.
mission_02More than just walking the track, I’m fundraising! Because of YOUR donations, more people:

  • Have the information and tools they need to help reduce their risk of getting cancer or find the disease early, when it’s easiest to treat
  • Have a place to turn for help 24/7
  • Benefit from the progress being made toward finding cancer’s causes and cures
  • Get access to lifesaving screenings and treatment

Please join me in fighting cancer and consider supporting my fundraising efforts by making a donation.

And what am I doing to help?

Truth be told, I’ve not been as successful this year at fundraising. So, I’ve decided to skip buying anything from Sheetz (unless if I need gas) this week and donating to my Relay For Life efforts the money I’d have spent otherwise.

And, if you know me or follow me on social media, you know I practically live at Sheetz.

So my goal is to not spend any money on food/drink items at Sheetz from July 18 through 8 a.m. July 23.

You’re probably like, “OK, but that’s maybe 10 bucks.” And you’d be wrong. There are days when I’m at Sheetz three or four times per day. Now, it’s not always for lunch, but it all adds up.

So I’ve decided I’m going to take my last seven Sheetz receipts, add them up and donate that money. If my math is correct, I’ll donate about $80.

What about the FOOD TRUCKS, though? YOU SAID THERE WOULD BE FOOD TRUCKS.

So this Saturday (July 23) — during the Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township — is a FOOD TRUCK DINNER PARTY. It’s from 5-8 p.m. at North Boundary Park in Cranberry. SEVEN of the Pittsburgh food trucks will be there! Some of the proceeds benefit the event!

Amission_01nd while you’re there … be sure to check out the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township events going on, too! Here’s a full schedule. There are a lot of events for kids, plus there are bands performing and all sorts of activities.

Can’t make the food truck dinner party or RFLCranberry? Or, can make it and still want to support research efforts and programs? Please consider a making a $15, $20 or whatever you’d like to offer donation. You can do so here.

Thank you so much for your support. Together, we will finish the fight!

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