Making Strides of Michiana

Lynne's Breast Friends

In October 2011, Lynne Rifkin was the survivor speaker for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. She had just celebrated her 47th birthday. Here is some of her story (edited to fit):

Lynne’s journey began in 2003 when her mother (age 62) had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was having her right breast removed.      

Four years later, in 2007, at the age of 42, a routine mammogram found Lynne’s first lump.  She had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation.

Roughly a year later, she had her ovaries removed as a preventative measure after her mother passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008.

In 2010, a second tumor in her breast was discovered during a "CAT" scan. This was not a typical CAT scan.  Her 17 year old cat found it while laying on her chest. She had a bi-lateral mastectomy, immediately followed by reconstruction, and then another 4 rounds of aggressive chemo. 

In February 2012, Lynne had a cough that wasn’t going away. She went to her doctor thinking it was just a chest cold. They did a chest x-ray and it was discovered her breast cancer had metastasized into her lungs. She once again fought hard with chemo.

She had just had her last chemo treatment on Thursday, August 9, 2012. She was home recovering, laying in bed, reading a book, when the Lord called her home on Monday, August 13, 2012.

This is why I continue the fight, in her memory.

Lynne strongly supported the help that the American Cancer Society offers. Here’s her own words…”The ACS offers free programs and services through every aspect of the journey - from initial diagnosis, to getting well and staying well.  Teaching us to control what we have control of such as our attitude, emotions, good nutrition habits, and regular exercise.  Behind the scenes, the ACS conducts research to better understand, prevent and cure cancer. Awareness and early detection is everything; its knowledge, understanding, and saves lives – it saved mine twice.  That’s why events like today are so important; this gathering to remember those who lost their battle, support those going through it and to celebrate those who have beat it.  To raise awareness and funding for research to find personalized therapy that will lead to a cure so that cancer never takes another life.  I am all about positive attitude. I am grateful beyond words to be with you today.  Let’s enjoy our walk and continue to make strides against cancer for a world with more birthdays.”

Lynne's Breast Friends - Join Team Raised
Shining Star Amy Ciula $1,260.00
Angela Clark $0.00
Ingrid Horne $0.00
Amanda Pavitols $0.00
Brigita Pavitols $0.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift Brigita Pavitols $50.00
Team Gifts $985.00
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Lynne's Breast Friends

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We’ve raised $2,295
Our Goal $3,000.00
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

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American Cancer Society by Making Strides

In October 2011, Lynne Rifkin was the survivor speaker for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. She had just celebrated her 47th birthday. Here is some of her story (edited to fit):

Lynne’s journey began in 2003 when her mother (age 62) had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was having her right breast removed.      

Four years later, in 2007, at the age of 42, a routine mammogram found Lynne’s first lump.  She had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation.

Roughly a year later, she had her ovaries removed as a preventative measure after her mother passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008.

In 2010, a second tumor in her breast was discovered during a "CAT" scan. This was not a typical CAT scan.  Her 17 year old cat found it while laying on her chest. She had a bi-lateral mastectomy, immediately followed by reconstruction, and then another 4 rounds of aggressive chemo. 

In February 2012, Lynne had a cough that wasn’t going away. She went to her doctor thinking it was just a chest cold. They did a chest x-ray and it was discovered her breast cancer had metastasized into her lungs. She once again fought hard with chemo.

She had just had her last chemo treatment on Thursday, August 9, 2012. She was home recovering, laying in bed, reading a book, when the Lord called her home on Monday, August 13, 2012.

This is why I continue the fight, in her memory.

Lynne strongly supported the help that the American Cancer Society offers. Here’s her own words…”The ACS offers free programs and services through every aspect of the journey - from initial diagnosis, to getting well and staying well.  Teaching us to control what we have control of such as our attitude, emotions, good nutrition habits, and regular exercise.  Behind the scenes, the ACS conducts research to better understand, prevent and cure cancer. Awareness and early detection is everything; its knowledge, understanding, and saves lives – it saved mine twice.  That’s why events like today are so important; this gathering to remember those who lost their battle, support those going through it and to celebrate those who have beat it.  To raise awareness and funding for research to find personalized therapy that will lead to a cure so that cancer never takes another life.  I am all about positive attitude. I am grateful beyond words to be with you today.  Let’s enjoy our walk and continue to make strides against cancer for a world with more birthdays.”

Team Members

Thank You Donors

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Top Donors
  1. Angela Clark$50
  2. Anonymous$1,000
  3. Brian Stanley$100
  4. Brigita Pavitols$50
  5. Lisa Anderson 
  6. Lyrin Kanczuzewski$100
  7. Melinda Aven$100
  8. Mrs. Amy L Dowd 
  9. Natasha Dembinski$50
  10. Platinum Benefit Consulting Group$200
  11. Sara Rhodes 
  12. Spike Abernethy$500
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Save Lives From Breast Cancer

Thanks to the support of so many, the American Cancer Society is there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. Including those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and risk reduction.

invested in breast
cancer grants

$ 74 million

patient service
requests fulfilled

75 thousand

one-to-one support
services provided to
breast cancer patients

11 thousand
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Welcome to our Team Page. We’ve formed a team because this cause is important to us. We want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer.

There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It’s helping fund innovative research. It’s providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It’s providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause.

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Of course we walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And we solicit donations from family, friends, and other supporters. But we also schedule fundraisers in lead-up to the big event. Bake-sales, car washes, and countless other types of events. And we promote those on social media, through Facebook and Twitter, by word of mouth, and through flyers at work and around the neighborhood. The success of fundraising events depends on two things - hard work and getting the word out. And we're out to do both. Keep an eye out for our fundraising events.

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