Author Archives: Jennifer Merschdorf, YSC CEO

My Very Own Bike!

Do you ever think about those days when you knew your life changed forever? I’ve had a lot of them since being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. However, they were completely different from the day I received my … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

The 4th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game

I was overwhelmed with pride last Wednesday as I watched women from Congress and the Washington Press Corps face off to raise funds and awareness for young women affected by breast cancer in the fourth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game … Continue reading

No Way Am I Wearing Those!

Riding a bike from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., or from Thousand Oaks to Foothill Ranch in Southern California? How hard can it be? I registered for both YSC Tour de Pink three-day East and West Coast rides without owning a … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

What Is ASCO?

There are only a couple cities in the United States that have a building large enough to hold 34,000 people. Chicago is one of them. The American Society of Clinical Oncology, which everyone in the cancer community calls “ASCO,” holds … Continue reading

Sometimes You Just Have To Meet F2F

When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she may feel completely alone and as though she’s the only woman under 40 to ever receive such terrible news. The unfortunate reality is there are more than a quarter of … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

What You See Is What You Get

This spring I met with Cortés Saunders-Storno, Director of Alumni Relations at the University of San Francisco, where I earned my MBA in 2004. I hadn’t been on the campus of Lone Mountain since I graduated. It was a blast … Continue reading

Words of Wisdom

My first week as CEO of YSC, I received an email that I will never forget. It was from one of the co-founders of the organization, Joy Simha. I was only eight months out from diagnosis when I was appointed … Continue reading

It’s All In The Name

My first task in making my fantasy to do a three-day bike ride from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., a reality was to come up with a name for my YSC Tour de Pink team. As some people know, the elephant … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

Turning Cancer Into Something Beautiful

As a breast cancer survivor, it’s hard to remember what it felt like to not think about breast cancer … or that being diagnosed at a young age was even possible. That stretch is even harder for me now that … Continue reading

In Living Pink

What does “In Living Pink” really mean? I think that’s a fair question. In a world where pink ribbons rule, what does it mean to “live pink”? I have a unique perspective on this and feel it’s important for me … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors