Author: YSC Ignite: 15 Volunteers Making a Difference

Annabel Berney

  Annabel Berney — YSC Chanpion Charity and giving back are cornerstones of Annabel Berney’s upbringing.  The importance of aiding others — either working hands-on or raising critical funds — has been stressed to her since childhood. As Annabel began preparing...

Dustin Brady

  Dustin Brady — Volunteer, Tour de Pink West Coast Rider In 2008 Dustin was engaged to Michelle Weiser. When Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, Dustin helped her fight back in every way possible. Sadly she passed away, and Dustin has honored...

John Keating

  John Keating — Founder, Seattle Face 2 Face Network “Reservoir Dawgs” John created an organized support group just for husbands and partners when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30. In the winter of 2008, John was self-employed and focused on...

Robert and Nancy Piña

  Robert and Nancy Piña — Parents, Caregivers and Members of YSC Houston Face 2 Face Network In 2005, the Piña’s daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at 33. A close-knit family, Robert and Nancy strategized how they could support Michelle through this...

Jill Frey

  Jill Frey — Founding Member of YSC, Tour de Pink Rider For the past 15 years, Jill has generously donated her time and energy to Young Survival Coalition (YSC), which she has been part of since its beginning. Jill cycles in the annual Tour de Pink (TdP) breast...

Courtney Preusse

  Courtney Preusse — Breast Cancer Advocate, YSC Research Think Tank Member and Junior Researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Courtney had just moved to Seattle and accepted a new job when, at 31 years old, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With...

Eileen and Dennis Ahearn

  Eileen and Dennis Ahearn — Tour de Pink Volunteers, Massage Therapist and Hospitality Manager Eileen and Dennis Ahearn donate their professional skills and vacation time to YSC year after year. When asked what drives their dedication, Eileen’s response is...

The Frank Family

  The Frank Family — Parents and Brother of a YSC Founding Member and Tour de Pink Volunteers During the early years of her daughter Lisa J. Frank’s breast cancer experience, Carol Frank recognized a particularly unfulfilled need — resources for parents...

Loretta North

  Loretta North, Nurse Practitioner and YSC Kansas City Face 2 Face Educational Chair At 42, Loretta was a full-time nurse practitioner and educator raising four-year-old twins with her husband. She never thought she would be told she had breast cancer. When...

Kara Guzzetti

  Kara Guzzetti, Philadelphia Mets F2F Network Leader & YSC Tour de Pink® East Coast Rider from Team “Fighting Phillies” Kara, at right, at a metastatic breast cancer conference.Kara was starting her career as a lawyer when, at the age of 29, she found out...

Stephen (Sven) Johnson

Stephen (Sven) Johnson, Co-founder and Leader of YSC Champaign-Urbana Face 2 Face Network When Sven’s wife, Leslie Hammersmith, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36, they were both shocked. As Leslie’s cancer journey moved ahead, she wanted to start giving back to...

John Hennessy

  John Hennessy — YSC Board of Directors and Vice President of Operations for Sarah Cannon In his role as vice president of operations for Sarah Cannon, the global cancer enterprise of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), John understands firsthand the...

Maureen Parrish

  Maureen Parrish — YSC Michigan State Leader & Co-founder of original YSC Metro Detroit local support group Maureen was diagnosed in 2005 at the age of 35 with a rare form of breast cancer — invasive papillary carcinoma. When she heard the diagnosis, Maureen...
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