Team Heather Begins its 20th Year with SGK
Team Heather was formed in 2001 to mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepare my then 25 year-old sister, Heather, for her battle to come. Weeks before she and our family and friends travelled to Washington, D.C. for the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure, Heather was diagnosed with Stage 3b breast cancer and was told she was in for the fight for her life. That race steeled her for the 12 months of surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation to come.
The following year, Team Heather reassembled to celebrate a young, newly-married woman in remission. Heather returned home, was diagnosed with 4 brain tumors, and passed away five months later.
In 2003, Team Heather once again walked the streets of our nation’s capital, surrounded by thousands of inspirational survivors, but without ours.
Each year since, Team Heather has worked tirelessly to make an impact in this fight against breast cancer. To date, this dedicated group of warriors has raised over $579,435 for the fight and for the underprivileged women who benefit from Susan G. Komen’s life-saving commitment.
This past year, my mother, Rebecca, was diagnosed with her third round of breast cancer, underwent a double mastectomy, and is continuing to heal, and my mother-in-law, Lee, was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments. Covid has made the experiences for my mothers even more difficult than they would be ordinarily, and it is Team Heather's 2021 goal to make an even greater impact in moving us closer to a cure.
Years ago, our efforts with Team Heather transitioned from keeping up Heather’s fight to fighting for the next young woman diagnosed with breast cancer. Won’t you help us by making a donation of any amount, today?
Together, we CAN make a difference!
Shawn Gardner - Team Heather Captain