Personal page - Anny Vaillancourt
My name is Anny Vaillancourt, I am 38 and the mother of a 6-year-old boy. Last year, on May 23, I was handed a diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer. This type of cancer brings about a bleaker outlook than hormone-dependent cancers, since it lacks the necessary receptors to respond to hormonotherapy. My cancer was linked to a mutation in the BRCA2 gene which, unfortunately, also affects my sister.
Today, I can hope that the chemotherapy, along with radiotherapy and a double mastectomy, have defeated my cancer. I still have to undergo an oral chemotherapy in order to minimize the risks of recurrence. Another surgery awaits me when I turn 40, the removal of my ovaries in order to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer linked to my genetic mutation. My sister will also have to undergo this surgical procedure as well as a double mastectomy as a preventive measure in order to minimize her risks of cancer.
It is said that time stops when you're given a diagnosis of cancer. Ironically, you're also engaged into a race against the clock, in the hope that the right therapy will be available in time. Thanks to medical research, today some types of cancer receive a good prognosis. Others, such as mine, still retain some mysteries thus presenting less possibilities of treatment.
This is why I seek your donations for my fund-raising event for the benefit of the Cancer Research Society. I will be taking part in the Trail of the Gold Rush Brazil Challenge with my sister Isabelle from 12 to 22 June 2020. Our objectives are twofold: collecting 10 500$ each for the Society (21 000$ in total) and getting ourselves back in shape enough to take part in the Challenge, which will be a challenge in itself. Each donation, big and small, will be a great help for research while encouraging me in my own personal challenge. I pledge to keep you informed regarding the progress of my campaign and my own progress toward achieving my goal.
Thank you all.
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