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Last year, Larissa Podermanski was lying on her couch dreading the month of October. It was going to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month when the world would get splashed in pink. Larissa was very “aware” of breast cancer.

Patsy Callahan

For Patsy Callahan, breast cancer runs in her blood. After watching her mother die of metastatic disease over two decades ago, she remembered feeling eerily destined to follow in her footsteps.

Like many survivors, Karima Zizoune remembers the moment she learned she had breast cancer all too clearly. Though it happened seven years ago, she can still recall how her doctor’s hands shook as he held the results of her mammogram and biopsy in front of him.

With no family history of the disease, the news came as a complete shock when Maria Baum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 42. Shortly after her diagnosis, Maria was introduced to paddle boarding by her close friend, Richard Perry.

Unable to heal her mother’s breast cancer, Marisa Renee Lee sought a way to make an impact on the disease that ultimately took her mother’s life. Her desire to eradicate breast cancer and find some meaning in her mother’s battle became her driving force as well as a coping mechanism.

Want to keep up with BCRF? Take a look at the Pink Press Spring/Summer 2016, available now.