My goal is to raise $9,490 for breast cancer research - a dollar for every day my mother, Lorraine Raimondo, battled breast cancer. I'm driving across the country raising funds for every mile I drive.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

On the Road Again

I'm hitting the road again. I'm starting in San Francisco and will head through Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Sweet Home Chicago, DC and New York City.
This time my roadtrip is for Key to the Cure, a women's cancer initiative of Saks Fift Avenue in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women's Cancer Research Fund. The program will also receive ongoing support from Mercedes-Benz USA.

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Blogger Tom & Haley Nemann said...

Hello Lori.

I'm writing to tell you that I think what you are doing is beautiful. Our story is one of triumph over breast cancer and I wanted to share it with you.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30 in May of 2007. At the same time I was diagnosed, I found out I was pregnant. Although the first two rounds of doctors all suggested we terminate our pregnancy, we keep looking for the answer we wanted to hear. We found a wonderfully amazing doctor at the University of Colorado who told us we could "have our cake and eat it too". Well, I guess if you consider chemo cake, that's the path we chose. I immediately had a lumpectomy and 4 rounds of chemo therapy. Then despite being "cancer-free", my doctors recommended that I have a double mastectomy as a preventative measure because I have the BRCA2 mutation. So after my son was born, I had a mastectomy and I just had my second reconstruction surgery two weeks ago. Only one more surgery to go! The choice to keep my pregnancy extended my battle with breast cancer, but I can't imagine life any other way. Our son is now 7 months old and crawling around like a crazy person. His name is Stephen Paul. Stephen after my father who lost his own battle to pancreatic cancer in October of 2007 and Paul after my husband's father who lost his battle to cancer 19 years ago. Christina Applegate's got nothing on me :)

Enjoy the trip! If your next journey takes you through Denver, stop by and meet the little man. He truly is a miracle.

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Blogger Melody said...

Hey Lori... too bad you aren't coming down south to Florida - would love to meet you.

I was first diagnosed with Stage II, hormone negative Breast Cancer in 1998 at the age of 35; my daughter was 15 at the time. After lumpectomy, chemo and radiation, I began my journey as a survivor. On July 18, 2008, just about 3 months AFTER celebrating my 10-year cancer-free anniversary, I was diagnosed with a NEW Breast Cancer in the other breast (hormone positive, Stage I - no chemo YEAH). I had a bi-lateral mastectomy on July 30 and am currently going through reconstruction. Three years after my first diagnosis, my daughter finally broke down and shared how scared she was she was going to lose me. She's seems to be handling it well this time as she's seen me survive it once already however I'm sure she's thought of the alternative. I congratulate you on your drive and ambition to help raise money for breast cancer research in honor of your mother... she's very proud of you!

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