Sisters Lexi and Dana Klebanow were recently named a Triple Negative Breast Cancer Champions by the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. These two sisters co-founded Mani-for-a-cure in honor of their mother and for the last three years have raise funds and awareness for this deadly disease.
“A mother’s treasure is her daughter” – Catherine Pulsifer.
Their mother, Carol, was initially diagnosed with early stage breast cancer 8 years prior and proactively took conservative measures after her diagnosis. Carol had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and remained in remission for nearly 5 years. During those 5 year she exercised regularly, ate an organic healthful diet, and enjoyed life with her family. Not even her closest family members fully understood the motivations for her vigor in maintaining a healthful lifestyle, but deep down Carol knew that despite her proactive and cautious measures, that her breast cancer was different since it was triple negative and it was more likely to recur.
Not all breast cancer is the same, there are many different subtypes of breast cancer and they are diagnosed upon the presence or lack thereof of three receptors known to fuel breast cancer. Some of the most effective new breast cancer treatment therapies target these receptors specifically.
None of these receptors are found in women with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, so there are no targeted treatment options. Consequently, Triple Negative Breast Cancer is typically more aggressive and more likely to recur, and often early detection is not enough.
According to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation® ,approximately every half an hour another woman in the US is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.
Triple negative breast cancer accounts for approximately 15%-25% of all breast cancer cases.
In 2013, the inaugural Mani-for-a-Cure, a sold out spa-themed charity event, with manicures, massages, men’s spa-shaves, raffle, open bar and hors d’oeuvres, educated a diverse audience of over 200 attendees about this aggressive form of breast cancer. Carol was not able to attend as she was hospitalized at the time due to complications but was able to experience the entire evening through a video conference. The next day Carol boasted to all of her doctors and nurses what an amazing success the night was and how incredibly proud she was of her daughters. Carol passed away less than a month later, March 27th, 2013.
After Carol passed away Lexi and Dana were even more motivated to educate others about Triple Negative Breast Cancer and that more research was needed to find a cure. The sisters formed a 501c-3 tax exempt non-profit, Carol’s Crusade for a Cure Foundation, and are currently working on their 3rd annual Mani-for-a-Cure charity event. In addition to the spa services, food and drinks, and silent auction/raffle that are part of their charity event, the sisters place an emphasis on education through guest speakers that include Triple Negative patients and leading Breast Oncologists. One of last year’s speakers, 33 year old Annie Goodman, recently lost her battle with triple negative breast cancer. Too many lives have been taken too soon by triple negative breast cancer, and Dana & Lexi are determined to educate others about this disease to help find more treatment options.
Carol was a true fighter and had an absolute determination to fight and win despite the unfavorable odds of her aggressive form of breast cancer. She courageously fought while always comforting and uplifting others by her enormous fortitude in life. Carol’s Crusade for a Cure is determined to continue Carol’s fight by raising awareness and funding to support organizations at the forefront of triple negative breast cancer research.
Since 2013, Mani-for-a-Cure has continued to grow, honoring the life of Carol. The event has grown to over 300+ attendees and raised over $80,000 in the first two years. The 3rd annual Mani-for-a-Cure Charity event will be held February 25th, 2015 at the Empire Hotel Rooftop from 7:30pm-10:30pm. Mani-for-a-Cure coincides with March 3rd, Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day, and helps support this national awareness day in NYC.
For more event details and how you can be a part of this special event please visit Carol’s Crusade For a Cure.
For further resources on Triple Negative Breast Cancer and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation visit www.tnbcfoundation.org.
Source: Carol’s Crusade For a Cure