Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I became a cancer advocate with The Lance Armstrong Foundation in 2007 when I was chosen by the foundation to travel with Lance Armstrong and 199 of my constituents, from around the country, to Washington, DC to ask Congress to make cancer a national priority. In 2008, the foundation asked me to lead a local LIVESTRONG grassroots advocacy effort and as a result, ‘Upstate SC for LIVESTRONG was formed. I served as a Track Leader for the foundation at the LIVESTRONG Summit in Columbus, Ohio in 2008 where I was able to present our local group’s advocacy and fundraising efforts with groups from around the country.
‘Upstate SC for LIVESTRONG’ has held LIVESTRONG Day events annually throughout the Upstate for “LIVESTRONG Day” and served various cancer organizations with fundraising and community events. ‘Upstate SC for LIVESTRONG’ joined efforts with the local cancer association to birth the Upstate’s first cancer survivor/supporter dragon boat support group.

And now our efforts continue as we ask the community to vote to bring cancer support to our local organizations, universities and YMCA’s through the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Grants. You can cast your vote by visiting:

May 23-24th, LIVESTRONG will join with fellow members of ‘One Voice Against Cancer’, a coalition of 38 cancer organizations, for a lobby day on Capitol Hill. This lobby day is unique, because we all go to Washington, D.C. not to ask for money for our own organizations, but to champion the funding of cancer research, navigation services, and cancer screening programs.

I will be representing LIVESTRONG as a delegate from South Carolina where I will share my journey of surviving two different stage 4 cancers, vulva and breast, while in my 30’s as a young wife and mother.

This year, we will demonstrate the tremendous advances made in the fight against cancer thanks to recent increases in federal funding and urge Congress to build on this progress. Federal funding for research and proven screening programs should be sustained so that past progress isn’t squandered against a disease that kills an estimated 1,500 people in America each day.
Our representatives have some tough choices to make as they outline the budget for 2012, but I am certain that no one could ignore the stories of our group of survivors, caregivers, and warriors in the fight against cancer. We will convey the necessity and urgency of these requests in a way that no one else could do.

Find out more about One Voice Against Cancer at