Author Archives: Jennifer Merschdorf, YSC CEO

Celebrating at In Living Pink

After hearing the words “you have breast cancer,” you wonder if you will ever be happy again. For women who are young, I think it is even worse. Many are at a point in their lives where they should feel … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

The sexiest woman in the world had a bilateral mastectomy? Really?

It is nuts, but breast cancer in young women is becoming a sexy trendy topic. And today, Angelina Jolie, repeatedly named the sexiest woman alive, announced she had a bilateral mastectomy. As I listened to the news this morning, I … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

What I Learned from My Mom on Our Breast Cancer Journey

When God handed out mothers — I won the lottery! Now, I will be honest, there were times when I was growing up that I didn’t always feel that way, but those times are long gone. My mother is the coolest, … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

Innovation Is the Star @ TEDMED

It’s Wednesday evening, Stacy Lewis, YSC’s chief program officer and deputy chief executive, and I just completed the fifth session of TEDMED 2013, and we are halfway through the conference. There are over 1,800 people in attendance from what seems like every genre of medicine … Continue reading

Join YSC at OMG 2013

Being diagnosed with cancer at a young age sucks. There is really no other way to say it: It sucks. Some of us feel suddenly alone and “different” from our friends – and who can blame us? Some of us … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

Innovation + Medicine = Change @ TEDMED

If you were to buy a new car today and drive it from New York City to Los Angeles, stopping along the way at dealers to service the car, when you arrived 3,000 miles later, the dealer would know exactly … Continue reading

Tour de Pink 2013 … It’s Time!

For many of us across the country, it feels like spring will never come; as winter drags on, the last thing many of us are thinking about is our bike. Actually — I am not sure if that is true … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

C4YW 2013: Sisterhood is Forever

(Update 4.2.13: The “Sisterhood” t-shirt referenced in the second paragraph is now available for purchase in YSC’s online store) There is really no way to describe it to those who have not attended. C4YW is a respite for those who … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

Thoughts on World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day (, which I have to be honest, I don’t know if I really get. While I love the idea of dispelling the myths around the disease, I don’t know if we need a special day … Continue reading

YSC Announces State Leader Program

It brings me great pleasure to announce the rollout of YSC’s State Leader Program, along with the names of our new State Leaders. This is a big deal!! The State Leader program will link a regional network of experienced volunteer … Continue reading